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Ed Burke Questions Daley's Inspector General Plan

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Chicago Alderman Ed Burke says he doubts Mayor Richard Daley has enough City Council votes to expand the duties of the city’s inspector general.

Daley wants to give the inspector general the power to investigate aldermen.

Burke is a powerful Southwest Side alderman who chairs the city’s finance committee. He didn’t take a stand on the issue and says he hasn’t taken a head count on how the council might vote.

BURKE: But I think that an inspector general that investigates a legislative branch that reports to the executive branch can create a clear problem in the minds of many of the members of the city council.

Burke says the council will take a closer look at Daley’s proposal. But it may “dilute the traditional separation of powers” between branches of government. The inspector general is appointed by the mayor.

Burke says aldermen may look for a compromise that addresses the concerns of both the council and the mayor.

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