Wednesday's City Council meeting was also the last for 13 aldermen. Their replacements, along with the new mayor, will be sworn in on May 16. Meanwhile, as the new 50-member council gets underway, Eight Forty-Eight wondered, who will be watching what they're up to? And how do they do it?
A proposal for Chicago to regulate exhaust from coal-fired power plants may be dying. But the bill’s sponsor, Ald. Joe Moore, 49th Ward, says it will come back to life soon.Moore’s legislation is stuck in a joint City Council committee chaired by Alds.
Since his election, Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has yet to meet or talk to one of the most powerful aldermen in the city council.Emanuel said last week he'd met with about 40 current or incoming members of the council. That does not include, though, Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke.
A former longtime Chicago alderman has recaptured his old seat. Michael Chandler won about 60 percent of Tuesday’s 24th Ward runoff vote. He’ll replace Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon, who finished with about 40 percent.
Updated at 10:07 a.m.Four incumbent aldermen appear headed for losses in Chicago’s runoff elections: the 6th Ward’s Freddrenna Lyle, the 24th Ward’s Sharon Denise Dixon, the 36th Ward’s John Rice and the 50th Ward’s Berny Stone.
I was checking my e-mail when the mail room attendant dropped off a hand-written letter addressed to WBEZ. It was from longtime old school Chicago Alderman Ed Bus. Bus was apparently interested in responding to Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel's idea of cutting the City Council in half.