Study: Chicago City Council Is Emanuel's Rubber Stamp

Craig Dellimore
December 14, 2018 - 6:00 am

Dick Simpson (WBBM Newsradio)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – A report from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests the Chicago City Council has become more of a “rubber stamp” for the mayor than in the previous years.

UIC Political Science Professor Dick Simpson — a former alderman — says in the last year and a half, 11 aldermen voted with Mayor Emanuel 100 percent of the time. Another 32 aldermen voted with him 90 percent and 99 percent of the time, he said.

Simpson concedes his study cannot show if aldermen addressed any concerns about the Emanuel Administration’s proposals at committee meetings. Often, ordinances are held in City Council committees while the mayor’s office and aldermen work out compromises.

Simpson said the City Clerk’s Office reports very little about committee votes and nothing about the debates.

So, it’s possible any aldermanic independence may be occurring off camera, so to speak.