Emanuel Announces City Council Reorganization Plan

CHICAGO (WBBM/CBS) — Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has formally announced his agreement with the planned reorganization of the Chicago City Council.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, the biggest change is that 19 City Council committees will shrink to 16.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

Police and Fire Committee chair Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) will become president pro tempore of the City Council, while Ald. James Balcer (11th) takes Harris’ place as head of the Public Safety Committee.

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), the owner of the Ann Sather’s restaurant chain, becomes chairman of the Committee on Economic Capital and Technology.

Powerful Finance Committee Chairman Ald. Edward Burke (14th) will keep his post.

Emanuel says there are also cost savings involved in the moves.

“There is no change-free zone when it comes to City Hall,” Emanuel said. “The Mayor’s Office has reforms, changes and savings. The City Council will have reforms, changes and savings, and as we pursue a budget to bring other reforms and changes, City Hall has put some skin in the game.”

City department heads have been told to trim their management payroll by 10 percent, which would necessitate a combination of salary reductions and some job cuts.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reported Tuesday that job and/or salary cuts must total 10 percent per department. Non-union middle- to upper-management-level employees would be affected. The cuts could also be achieved by not filling open positions.

  • Anna

    16 committees, down from 19? That’s a significant change?


    It has come to pass people,there will be no change in Chicago politics. The proof is in the very last sentence of the article.”The cuts could also be achieved by not filling open positions”. This is a slight of hand in accounting that the current Federal Government Administration has been using in their budget,debt,and accounting figures. Now you see it,now you don’t. Washington has come to Chicago,or is it Chicago has gone to Washington. Just more change you can believe in. The truth is their will soon be no change left.

    • Pothead

      Invisible change. Thats pretty much no change at all isn’t it ? And lets not forget the words of the late Harold Washington….” What good is nepotism if you don’t use it”. I’m sure Rhamulus has family.


        Pothead,Harold’s ghost is roaming the library halls still mumbling those words. Rahmmy must have heard him. The Rahmmy has a lot of family,friends,friends of family,neighbors,friends of neighbors,sons of bankers,friends of sons of bankers,slimy lawyers,slimy relatives of the lawyers,campaign contributors,family and friends of contributors,family and friends of Tony Rezko,the South side ex Acorn people,and then we get into all the people that voted this winner into office. There goes the wheel again,around,clunk,and around,clunk,and around,clunk,clunk,clunk.

      • Pothead

        I’m really liking the sound of that new wheel. I think you’ve stumbled upon a real winner there.

    • Pothead

      Maybe the change he speaks of is a new wheel !


        And that would a crooked wheel,going around clunk,clunk,clunk.

  • richwesley

    how bout trimming debt by trimming some of those alderman salaries. it’s elective civil service, these guys make around 100k per year on average just from the alderman part time salary

    • Andrew Nierman

      for many years the alderman’s salary was zero because everyone knew they were going steal tons of money anyway

  • Chicago Stan

    The fact of the matter is a good Alderman can’t view the job as “part time” no matter what the statutes say. He is the de facto mayor of a mid-sized city of around 60,000 attendant with all the problems that come with the territory. The current salary is commiserate with the responsibilities they assume.

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