CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago aldermen might not have completely shed their label as a rubber stamp, but with Mayor Rahm Emanuel significantly weakened in his second term, the City Council has grown more independent.
A new study by the University of Illinois at Chicago shows, while Emanuel isn’t losing City Council battles, he is winning by slimmer margins than when he first took office.
UIC political science professor Dick Simpson, a former Chicago alderman, said the current council is more willing to stand up to the mayor, who has been wounded by the fallout from the Laquan McDonald shooting scandal and the city’s precarious financial situation.
“He is weakened. He had to go into a runoff to win the mayoralty this time, in 2015, and he didn’t in 2011. He had to raise $755 million in new taxes, including at least $543 million in property taxes, which is very unpopular with citizens and aldermen,” he said.