New City Council, old ways?

April 8, 2011

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Will the new City Council be more of a challenged for Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel than they were for Mayor Daley?

As the dust settles on Tuesday’s Aldermanic run-off elections, the lingering question remains: How will this new crew of lawmakers interact with Chicago’s new mayor?

Former iterations of the City Council have been accused rubber-stamping outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley’s agenda, for better or worse (See the city’s parking meter deal for a commonly cited example of “worse.”) A recent study conducted by UIC’s Dick Simpson found that over the last four years the outgoing City Council voted with Mayor Daley 88% of the time. And, that during the same period, the mayor lost no votes.

So will the revamped City Council, with its crop of 15 new Aldermen, prove more of a challenge for Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel? This was one question tackled in recent conversation at the Chicago History Museum featuring political analysts like WBEZ’s own Steve Edwards.

In the audio excerpt above, Edwards argues that at least from the mayor’s side, there’s not much incentive for change.

Dynamic Range showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. WBEZ’s Steve Edwards spoke to an audience at the Chicago History Museum in March. Click here to hear the event in its entirety, and click here to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.