Chicago City Council abruptly adjourns; no vote on renaming Lake Shore Drive to DuSable


As much as Chicago’s mayors would like, city council meetings don’t always follow a political scenario. In fact, they can get downright furry.

This is what happened on Wednesday – and it has nothing to do with the controversy over the renaming of Lake Shore Drive in honor of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, who never even made the subject to a vote.

Instead, the city council meeting derailed – and was cut short – after Lightfoot slipped off the regular agenda to allow Budget Committee Chair Pat Dowell (3rd) to deliver her report. committee first.

This set the stage for an immediate review of the mayor’s appointment of Celia Meza as the first Hispanic woman to serve as Chicago’s legal counsel.

But the meeting fell into chaos when Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), one of Lightfoot City Council’s most vocal critics, has decided to delay consideration of Meza’s nomination.

The motion was seconded by Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th), who said she was doing it on behalf of Anjanette Young, the woman who was forced to stand naked as an all-male team of Chicago cops raided her home while ‘she begged them they had the wrong address. .

Last week, Meza filed a motion to dismiss Young’s lawsuit against the city after Young refused to accept what his lawyers saw as a “weak” offer from the Lightfoot administration to settle the lawsuit for $ 1million. dollars.

After Ald. Nick Sposato (38th) moved to adjourn the board meeting and resume at 11 a.m. Friday, Lightfoot requested a suspension.

The mayor then descended from the podium, onto the city council floor and to the back of the chambers where Taylor was seated behind a pillar.

The two strong-willed women who have clashed repeatedly over the past two years then engaged in a heated argument that clearly did not go well. Lightfoot looked disgusted as she slowly walked back to the stand.

After another private conversation with her floor manager, Rules Committee Chair Michelle Harris (8th), Lightfoot brought the meeting to order and recognized Public Safety Committee Chair Chris Taliaferro (29th).

This made it possible to immediately consider the mayor’s appointment of Annette Nance-Holt as the first black woman to serve as Chicago’s Fire Marshal.

After that, Sposato withdrew his motion to adjourn.

Meanwhile, Meza took a seat next to Lightfoot on the podium. The company’s legal advisor normally sits alongside the mayor at council meetings to serve as a parliamentarian.

Meza was Lightfoot’s lawyer and senior ethics advisor when the mayor promoted her to replace company attorney Mark Flessner, who was forced to step down amid the political fallout of the police raid on the home of ‘Anjanette Young.

At the time, Lightfoot claimed not to be aware of Flessner’s attempts to stop WBBM-TV (Channel 2) from showing body camera video of the raid, which showed a young naked crying repeatedly asking officers what was happening as they continued to search his home. . It turns out that the police had searched the wrong address.

After Holt’s appointment was confirmed and another death resolution considered, Harris offered to adjourn the meeting and meet again at 1 p.m. on Friday.

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) stood up to protest, but Lightfoot called him off.

Indicted Ald. The Roberts Rules of Order resident expert Edward Burke (14th) rose to defend Beale and said Beale’s motion to table Harris’ adjournment motion was “not debatable.”

“Getting up and shouting without trying to be recognized is not something appropriate,” the mayor told Burke, his political nemesis.

“I have considered your appeal and have rejected it. “

Council then voted on Harris’ motion to set a date and time for the next meeting at 1 p.m. Friday.

The adjournment vote was 31-18. Harris offered to adjourn one of the most bizarre city council meetings in memory. Beale rose to table the motion. Lightfoot ruled the adjournment motion “takes precedence”.

Another roll call was taken. The second adjournment vote was approved by the much closer vote of 27-22. Lightfoot hit the hammer. The meeting was adjourned.

An early vote on the proposal to rename Outer Lake Shore Drive in honor of DuSable will have to wait until Friday – maybe.

After the meeting, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) tweeted: “Mayor Lightfoot is our president. Clearly she needs training on Robert’s rules and how to properly chair a meeting. She constantly abuses her position as chair to ignore or block motions that are in order.

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