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The Chicago Way And Aldermanic Prerogative

To help us unpack the “Chicago Way,” host Melba Lara talked to WBEZ City Politics Reporter Claudia Morell and started by asking her, how she would even go about defining Aldermanic Privilege.

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Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot won on a message of ending the “Chicago Way” — where who you know determines whether your street gets paved or your business gets licensed. A big part of this is known as aldermanic privilege.

But what does that actually mean, and can a mayor end a practice that’s as Chicago as hot dogs and snowstorms? To help unpack this issue, WBEZ’S Melba Lara talked with City Politics Reporter Claudia Morell.

This interview was produced by WBEZ’s Alyssa Edes.

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