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« Reply #575 on: May 20, 2019, 12:55:44 pm »

Rahm was indeed in attendance, as he had to call the council to order.

In her speech, Lightfoot doubled down on her campaign platform, promising improvements to education, equitable investment in underserved neighborhoods, and government reform.

Most notably, she said, “Stopping corruption isn’t just in the city’s interest, it’s in the city council’s interest.” She then turned around to smile at the council sitting behind her. Crowd went nuts.

“For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well get ready because reform is here.”

“I campaigned on change. You voted for change. We will deliver change.”

Kind of sets the stage.
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« Reply #576 on: May 20, 2019, 01:02:25 pm »

Rahm was indeed in attendance, as he had to call the council to order.

In her speech, Lightfoot doubled down on her campaign platform, promising improvements to education, equitable investment in underserved neighborhoods, and government reform.

Most notably, she said, “Stopping corruption isn’t just in the city’s interest, it’s in the city council’s interest.” She then turned around to smile at the council sitting behind her. Crowd went nuts.

“For years, they’ve said Chicago ain’t ready for reform. Well get ready because reform is here.”

“I campaigned on change. You voted for change. We will deliver change.”

Kind of sets the stage.

Wish her luck because she's sure as Hell going to need it considering the Establishment is likely pulling a McConnell to undermine her every step of the way 24/7.

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« Reply #577 on: May 21, 2019, 09:55:46 am »

Wish her luck because she's sure as Hell going to need it considering the Establishment is likely pulling a McConnell to undermine her every step of the way 24/7.

you really saw the people she appointed as chairs and still think "oh, she's clearly going to fight the establishment"?? lmfao
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« Reply #578 on: May 21, 2019, 10:24:57 am »

Wish her luck because she's sure as Hell going to need it considering the Establishment is likely pulling a McConnell to undermine her every step of the way 24/7.

you really saw the people she appointed as chairs and still think "oh, she's clearly going to fight the establishment"?? lmfao

Not everyone is going to be impressed by Lightfoot. I doubt she'll make long-lasting changes.
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« Reply #579 on: May 21, 2019, 04:22:00 pm »

Gavin Newsom also wanted to make changes to the homeless population, instead, he is keeping the tourism industry up in Disneyland and SF. Unless, there is a casino put in Chicago, long-lasting changes to Chicago, won't be made.  That can get tourism back into Chicago.
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« Reply #580 on: May 21, 2019, 09:12:17 pm »

Wish her luck because she's sure as Hell going to need it considering the Establishment is likely pulling a McConnell to undermine her every step of the way 24/7.

you really saw the people she appointed as chairs and still think "oh, she's clearly going to fight the establishment"?? lmfao

Waguespack as Finance Chair was something of my dreams before she (has almost) made it happen.

Here's hoping that four years from now she's made you happy to have voted for her in Round 1.
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« Reply #581 on: May 21, 2019, 09:20:05 pm »
« Edited: May 21, 2019, 09:27:15 pm by Mr. Illini »

In her first act as Mayor, Lightfoot signed an EO instructing those in her branch to no longer honor aldermanic privilege when it comes to licenses and permits. She plans to implement this with zoning via a re-write of the code.

She announced several appointments today, including Marisa Novara, a champion of affordable housing and critic of aldermanic privilege, to lead the Housing Department.

She also reiterated that she plans to retain CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, CPS CEO Janice Jackson, among others. In the campaign, she indicated Johnson would stay through the summer. She never committed either way on Jackson.

Ald. Ray Lopez - a Burke ally who fended off a progressive challenger this past cycle - told the press that he thinks Lightfoot has the votes to deliver her preferred council chairs but says she will pay for embarrassing the council during her speech Monday.
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« Reply #582 on: May 25, 2019, 03:44:39 pm »

Went to a friend's kids graduation party just now. The friends sister and brother-in-law came in from Chicago. The brother-in-law I made a great point. He doesn't expect Lightfoot to be a great mayor, but will be sufficient to nail up the boards necessary to keep the zombies out of the building. Great analogy.
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« Reply #583 on: May 25, 2019, 03:49:27 pm »

I would never want to be Mayor of Chicago.  The level of social problems in the city and the level of corruption in city government is truly overwhelming.
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« Reply #584 on: May 26, 2019, 04:48:42 pm »

What are her approval ratings so far ?
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« Reply #585 on: May 27, 2019, 04:36:42 pm »

Has Vito Marzullo rolled over in his grave yet, lol?
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« Reply #586 on: May 27, 2019, 05:01:12 pm »

What are her approval ratings so far ?

no one's doing polls on a mayor who's been in office for a week lmfao
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« Reply #587 on: May 27, 2019, 06:17:05 pm »

I would never want to be Mayor of Chicago.  The level of social problems in the city and the level of corruption in city government is truly overwhelming.

Chicago is a great City. One of the great cities of the world.
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« Reply #588 on: May 27, 2019, 06:19:24 pm »

I would never want to be Mayor of Chicago.  The level of social problems in the city and the level of corruption in city government is truly overwhelming.

Chicago is a great City. One of the great cities of the world.

True, and I've always wanted to visit it, but I don't want to be one of its elected leaders (on the way to jail).
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« Reply #589 on: May 29, 2019, 07:38:19 am »

CST reports that Lightfoot has tapped Miguel del Valle to head the school board until an elected board can move into place.

del Valle has been a strong voice for reform over the years. He ran for mayor in 2011 and lost to Rahm.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2019/5/28/18643504/mayor-lightfoot-city-clerk-miguel-del-valle-school-board-president
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« Reply #590 on: May 29, 2019, 12:30:56 pm »

In Lightfoot’s first test in front of the Council today, her preferred committee chairs passed on a voice vote - a major victory for her. Reports say that only four members voiced nays, prompting no call for a roll.

Ald. Villegas, Lightfoot’s floor leader, says that the four nays were Alds Burke, Lopez, Beale, and an unidentified alderman.

Prior to the vote, Alderman Ed Burke rose to take issue with Lightfoot’s proposed rule changes because they were not gender neutral. Lightfoot said, “Alderman, please. I will call on you if I want to hear from you.” Afterward, she said that he likes to play games but she won’t allow it.
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« Reply #591 on: May 29, 2019, 12:37:39 pm »

lmfao
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« Reply #592 on: May 29, 2019, 12:56:49 pm »

Approval ratings ?
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« Reply #593 on: May 29, 2019, 01:46:53 pm »

Approval ratings ?

stop asking this question

What are her approval ratings so far ?

no one's doing polls on a mayor who's been in office for slightly over a week lmfao
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« Reply #594 on: May 29, 2019, 02:02:05 pm »

lmfao


So ridiculous. She has doubled down on her promise to invest in underserved communities.

She has appointed the most progressive finance chair in history. She has appointed the most progressive CPS chair in history. She has revived the Dept of Housing and appointed an affordable housing champion to lead it. She has taken power over TIFs and aldermanic privilege (major forces against affordable housing) away from the Council. She has called for a re-examination of the code of silence acquittals in the McDonald case. She is moving forward with plans to make video of all Council meetings public. She has strengthened Rule 14 and protections against aldermanic conflict of interest.

All in a week.

Progressive Alderpersons like Ramirez Rosa, Vazquez, Martin, etc have cheered this, but it seems that some in their base will continue to oppose her, likely for the purposes of saving some face after going all in against her during the campaign (and then losing 74-26).
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« Reply #595 on: May 29, 2019, 02:20:50 pm »

She has appointed the most progressive finance chair in history.
Tell us why she chose him and not some other Alderman. Is it because he is a progressive? Is it because of anything related to anything he believes?

She has taken power over TIFs and aldermanic privilege (major forces against affordable housing) away from the Council.
This is a lie and you know it.

Progressive Alderpersons like Ramirez Rosa, Vazquez, Martin, etc have cheered this, but it seems that some in their base will continue to oppose her, likely for the purposes of saving some face after going all in against her during the campaign (and then losing 74-26).
lmao, what a bizarre and antiquated way of looking at politics. I am a journalist working for an independent newspaper — our goal is to hold the powerful to account, and I will continue to oppose Lori Lightfoot when she does bad things for this city.
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« Reply #596 on: May 29, 2019, 09:48:34 pm »

She has appointed the most progressive finance chair in history.
Tell us why she chose him and not some other Alderman. Is it because he is a progressive? Is it because of anything related to anything he believes?

She has taken power over TIFs and aldermanic privilege (major forces against affordable housing) away from the Council.
This is a lie and you know it.

Progressive Alderpersons like Ramirez Rosa, Vazquez, Martin, etc have cheered this, but it seems that some in their base will continue to oppose her, likely for the purposes of saving some face after going all in against her during the campaign (and then losing 74-26).
lmao, what a bizarre and antiquated way of looking at politics. I am a journalist working for an independent newspaper — our goal is to hold the powerful to account, and I will continue to oppose Lori Lightfoot when she does bad things for this city.

1) Lol what? I don't speak for her motives. I just give my opinion on her actions and their impact. My opinion is that it is a great pick. Why are you questioning it? I can tell you that if Toni Preckwinkle were elected, we'd have gotten an old establishment friend to chair it. In fact, if Burke hadn't been indicted, she'd have gladly kept him in place. O'Connor, too, if he hadn't lost.

2) She has shut down aldermanic privilege for licensing and permits. She will propose re-writing the code to do it for zoning. Her new council rules transfer TIF control to a committee in her branch.

3) I hope you do hold her to account. Instead, you're currently spending time sharing tweets about a tip at a coffee shop and a hearty joke made about it. Would love to hear your input on the actions she has taken thus far instead.
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« Reply #597 on: May 29, 2019, 10:51:42 pm »

Just like Bruce Rauner (and Trump), who failed miserably because they don't know to play nice with others who may in fact know a little about politics, Lightfoot is in for a rude awakening.  Its painfully obvious that she thinks she's going to ride in and steamroll the City Council because "change" or whatever.  Give it a year before she's despised by the vast majority of the city and with no accomplishments to show for it.  Very, very bad start to her term.
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« Reply #598 on: May 29, 2019, 10:56:25 pm »

1) Lol what? I don't speak for her motives. I just give my opinion on her actions and their impact. My opinion is that it is a great pick. Why are you questioning it? I can tell you that if Toni Preckwinkle were elected, we'd have gotten an old establishment friend to chair it. In fact, if Burke hadn't been indicted, she'd have gladly kept him in place. O'Connor, too, if he hadn't lost.
She didn't choose Waguespack because of his leadership, she chose him because — and this was in the Sun-Times — "He’s the only one of the aldermen who actually supported me before Feb. 26, and I’m not gonna forget that." That's the same old way politics has always worked, but it does mean she doesn't get to pretend to be the progressive reformer.

2) She has shut down aldermanic privilege for licensing and permits. She will propose re-writing the code to do it for zoning. Her new council rules transfer TIF control to a committee in her branch.
Fundamentally, it's the zoning that matters. Licensing and permits is an avenue for low-level graft like the stuff that snared Willie Cochran, but when you're talking about segregation and affordable housing, it is the zoning that makes the difference. She will propose re-writing something, but the deal sounds like surrender on zoning in exchange for limits on licensing and permits. As for TIF funding, I am... skeptical of her willingness to curtail the worst abuses of the practice after she abruptly signed on to $2.4 billion in TIF spending on two megadevelopments.

3) I hope you do hold her to account. Instead, you're currently spending time sharing tweets about a tip at a coffee shop and a hearty joke made about it. Would love to hear your input on the actions she has taken thus far instead.
I can multitask lol. She has not taken all too many actions thus far, but we've extensively covered her choices for committee chairs. To be clear, there are some selections I genuinely like! SSG at Workforce is perfect. But she also inexplicably picked Cardenas for Environment, kept Harris at Rules for god knows what reason, and made a number of decisions that seem nakedly political — Waguespack will be a great Finance Chair, but it’s pretty clear that he’s only being chosen because he endorsed her. Similarly, Beale was a garbage Transportation chair, but it seems clear that he’s being stripped of his chairmanship because he criticized her. Hell, she’s trying to sink Martwick’s school bill because he got in a shouting match with her back in February. There are some bright spots, but it does not seem to be any sort of meaningful break with the type of politics that have characterized this city.
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« Reply #599 on: May 30, 2019, 12:03:43 am »

I would never want to be Mayor of Chicago.  The level of social problems in the city and the level of corruption in city government is truly overwhelming.

Chicago is a great City. One of the great cities of the world.

True, and I've always wanted to visit it, but I don't want to be one of its elected leaders (on the way to jail).

Kind of like the White House? Grin
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