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Does Chicago really need 50 aldermen?

Currently, there are 50 aldermen on city council—one for each ward. But according to one of "Eight Forty-Eight's" guests Monday, it could be smaller. Emily Miller is a policy and government affairs coordinator with watchdog organization the Better Government Association. A new analysis from the BGA says downsizing Chicago’s city council and consolidating wards could streamline city government and save taxpayers millions. Not so fast, says former alderman Dick Simpson, who currently heads up the University of Illinois at Chicago’s department of political science.

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