Chicagoans looking to say farewell to Mayor Richard Daley can do so in person Monday afternoon at city hall. For three hours, the mayor will host an open house.It's one week before he retires from what he calls "the greatest job in America."
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.
One of the most effective tools a Chicago mayor has to influence the city council is the ability to appoint aldermen when there is a vacancy. Mayor Richard Daley had the opportunity seven times in the past four years.