WBEZ Listeners Weigh In On Aldermanic Prerogative

Is it essential to making Chicago the city that works or is it inviting corruption? What exactly is aldermanic prerogative?

Lightfoot in City Hall
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in City Hall on Oct. 21, 2020. On Wednesday, the council pushed back key votes amid a faceoff between Lightfoot and aldermen. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ
Lightfoot in City Hall
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in City Hall on Oct. 21, 2020. On Wednesday, the council pushed back key votes amid a faceoff between Lightfoot and aldermen. Manuel Martinez / WBEZ

WBEZ Listeners Weigh In On Aldermanic Prerogative

Is it essential to making Chicago the city that works or is it inviting corruption? What exactly is aldermanic prerogative?

Some see aldermanic prerogative as essential to making Chicago the city that works, while critics say it’s why Chicago is one of the nation’s most corrupt cities. Mayor Lightfoot campaigned on a promise to limit aldermanic powers, but are her reform efforts inciting a City Council revolt?

Reset asks: What exactly is aldermanic prerogative?

GUEST: David Greising, president of the Better Government Association