by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

June 24, 2021

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council addressed a letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, requesting that she “respect and consistently observe” the body’s rules of order.

After a tense meeting on Wednesday that ended abruptly, the letter was forwarded to Lightfoot, postponing the confirmation of Lightfoot’s nomination for chief legal officer and a contentious vote to rename a section of Lake Shore Drive.

“We, the undersigned members of the Chicago City Council, hereby call on you – in your current capacity as Presiding Officer – to honor and consistently follow the 2019-2023 Rules of Order and Procedure of the City Council…We have seen multiple instances in recent meetings where the various judgements issued by you as Presiding Officer have been contradictory and/or in direct disagreement with the Rules of Order and Procedure…The Rules of Order and Procedure were adopted by the body to ensure a fair and transparent process for legislative movement…Any deviation from them is not only unacceptable and illegal, but also a manipulation of our democratic process.”

The following aldermen – nearly half of the 50 total members of City Council – signed the letter:

  • Ald. Daniel La Spata, 1st Ward
  • Ald. Sophia King, 4th Ward
  • Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward
  • Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward
  • Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward
  • Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward
  • Ald. Raymond Lopez, 15th Ward
  • Ald. Stephanie Coleman, 16th Ward
  • Ald. David Moore, 17th Ward
  • Ald. Jeanette Taylor, 20th Ward
  • Ald. Michael Rodriguez, 22nd Ward
  • Ald. Silvana Tabares, 23rd Ward
  • Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 25th Ward
  • Ald. Roberto Maldonado, 26th Ward
  • Ald. Rossana Rodriguez, 33rd Ward
  • Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward
  • Ald. Gilbert Villegas, 36th Ward
  • Ald. Andre Vasquez, 40th Ward
  • Ald. Anthony Napolitano, 41st Ward
  • Ald. Jim Gardiner, 45th Ward
  • Ald. Matt Martin, 47th Ward
  • Ald. Maria Hadden, 49th Ward