Chicago aldermen are giving Richard Daley a bit of an easier time as the longtime mayor makes his exit from politics. A new study finds that, in general, aldermen agreed with the mayor more often during the current term than the previous one.
The study from the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at 54 divided roll call votes in the past four years - the times the 50 aldermen don't all agree.
In those divided votes, 31 aldermen went Daley's way almost every time - in 90 percent or more of those votes. That is up from seven aldermen who agreed with Daley that often in the previous term.
Among the most loyal these last few years: Alderman John Pope, Frank Olivo, Ed Burke, Virginia Rugai, Ariel Reboyras, Dick Mell and Carrie Austin. They each voted with Daley 100 percent of the time. In the previous term, no alderman voted every time the mayor.
The aldermen who disagreed with Daley the most were Joe Moore, Bob Fioretti and Sandi Jackson. Even they, though, agreed with the mayor more than half the time.
How often did your alderman agree with Mayor Daley?
Note: In the seven instances where an alderman resigned amid-term, the study combined both aldermen's voting records.
|Ward||Alderman||% voted with Daley on divided votes|
|1||Manny Flores / Joe Moreno||90|
|4||Toni Preckwinkle / Shirley Newsome||60|
|24||Sharon Denise Dixon||83|
|26||Billy Ocasio / Roberto Maldonado||79|
|28||Ed Smith / Jason Ervin||94|
|29||Ike Carothers/ Deborah Graham||98|
|36||William Banks / John Rice||98|
|38||Tom Allen / Tim Cullerton||96|
|48||Mary Ann Smith||96|
Source: "The Last of the Daley Years," by Dick Simpson, James Nell, Missy Mouritsen Zmuda, Thomas J. Gradel, Cori Smith and Tom Kelly. University of Illinois at Chicago, March 2011.