Attendance-Taking Measure Stalls At City Hall

Craig Dellimore
December 09, 2019 - 5:35 pm
Chicago City Hall

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago aldermen have stalled a measure designed to get more of them to show up at committee meetings and help residents attend those meetings.

A proposed ordinance from 11th Ward Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson would require City Council committee chairs to take attendance at their meetings. It’s not required now, and the law assumes there are enough members present for votes, unless there’s a challenge.

Second Ward Ald. Brian Hopkins likes the idea of prompting more aldermen to attend meetings.

But he doesn’t support the other part of the ordinance that would require about half of their committee meetings to be held at night. Others, like 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin, said committee chairs should decide whether to hold the meeting.

Thompson withdrew the measure with a promise of more conversation.