Lori Lightfoot wants to give the City Council its own attorney, televise committee meetings, impose term limits for committee chairmen and end aldermanic prerogative, the unwritten rule giving local alderman iron-fisted control over zoning, permits and licenses in their wards. Toni Preckwinkle spent 19 years in the City Council. She wants to keep aldermanic prerogative and ban outside income to stop the parade of aldermen marching off to federal prison. The two women vying to become Chicago’s first African-American female mayor aired divergent views Tuesday on how to clean up City Council corruption during an endorsement session before the Chicago Tribune editorial board. Lightfoot said aldermanic prerogative has been the common thread through virtually every one of the 30-some aldermanic convictions since 1970. It’s also at the heart of the attempted extortion charge against now-deposed Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th). “No alderman should have that kind of power where people feel like the only way that they can get basic city services and get business done in a ward is to kiss the ring of the alderman. … That is corrosive. … I’m gonna drive a stake through that,” Lightfoot said. “We have a sitting city alderman — Danny… Read full this story
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