Tuesday, May 3, 2011

End of an era for City Council - Chicago Sun-Times

End of an era for City Council - Chicago Sun-Times

This Carol Marin column discusses that last City Council meeting that Mayor Daley will preside over. Also noted in this piece is outgoing Alderman Freddrenna Lyle:
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) is leaving too. Like Stone, she was defeated after 13 years of representing Englewood and Chatham on the South Side.

It has been a tough year in her ward, shell-shocked by the killings of two of its highly respected police officers, Thomas Wortham III and Michael Bailey.

Ald. Lyle too talked of the great friendships among politicians who did not always see issues through the same prism.

Like when she and colleague Ginger Rugai, retiring 19th Ward alderman, disagreed on the reallocation of police officers. Lyle wanted more, but Rugai didn’t want fewer.

“She understood and I understood,” Lyle said. “Ginger and I are great friends.”

How will this last Council meeting be, what with Daley departing and aldermen leaving?

“Maudlin,” said Lyle with a small laugh, “tear-jerking, and difficult.”
If you don't know already, the new Mayor and City Council will be sworn in on May 16, 2011.

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