Monday, April 11, 2011

Class in Session for Council Newbies

I would imagine this is what our Alderman-elect would have to face before he takes office next month:
Before Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and the City Council are sworn in next month, four re-elected council incumbents will offer a crash orientation course for the bumper crop of new aldermen.

With support from a politically powerful union that did not endorse Emanuel for mayor, council veterans Pat Dowell (3rd Ward), Ricardo Munoz (22nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Joe Moore (49th) will lead the day-long, closed-door training session for neophytes on April 25.

The goal is to solidify and expand the loosely organized “progressive caucus,” Moore and labor leaders told the Chicago News Cooperative on Thursday. The caucus formed in recent years and comprised about 15 council members.

Moore said he expects many of the new aldermen will come to hear about such City Council 101 subjects as setting up a ward office, assessing zoning change proposals and interacting with the mayor’s administration.

“We are starting out with a spirit of having aldermen who want to take a deliberative approach to the issues and who want to act like the deliberative council that we are supposed to be,” Moore said.
BTW, Early & Often will no longer offer any further updates on Chicago politics. The election season is over! :(

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