Story by 89 WLS reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) At city hall, big issues like street violence and school closings have moved nine aldermen to form a caucus to push back against Mayor Emanuel's agenda.
These independent aldermen have formed what they call a progressive reform caucus. Alderman Bob Fioretti says City Hall is supposed to be a strong council, weak mayor form of government.
“The city’s become very profitable for some, very rich for some, but yet in our neighborhoods we’re seeing the lack of services, the crumbling of resources, mental health clinics closing,” Fioretti said. “Anyone can walk down the streets of downtown and see the homeless unless they’re blind or unless they have chauffeur-driven or bodyguard-driven vehicles.”
Step one, they say, is to use City Council rules to try to pry their ideas out of the City Council’s traditional burying ground, Alderman Dick Mell’s Rules Committee.
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