“Aldermanic privilege is not the result of city ordinance. It’s an unwritten code of political behavior — something akin to Washington, D.C., logrolling but murkier. Chicago, in effect, has one big mayor and 50 mini-mayors. If you know anything about this city you recognize the problem: Handing to politicos the quiet levers of power invites corruption.”<br><br>Peep the parallels in St. Louis, which is a fraction of the size of Chicago. In addition to 2 mayors (the Mayor of St. Louis and County Exec of St. Louis County), the region has 28 mini mayors in the city and 90 in St. Louis County. 2 state auditors were found dead. The County Exec, his Chief of Staff and several in his inner circle are awaiting sentencing on federal corruption charges. And that’s in St. Louis County alone. The feds haven’t started in the city or the county’s 90 municipalities.

"Aldermanic privilege is not the result of city ordinance. It’s an unwritten code of political behavior — something akin to Washington, D.C., logrolling but murkier. Chicago, in effect, has one big mayor and 50 mini-mayors. If you know anything about this city you recognize the problem: Handing to politicos the quiet levers of power invites corruption."

Peep the parallels in St. Louis, which is a fraction of the size of Chicago. In addition to 2 mayors (the Mayor of St. Louis and County Exec of St. Louis County), the region has 28 mini mayors in the city and 90 in St. Louis County. 2 state auditors were found dead. The County Exec, his Chief of Staff and several in his inner circle are awaiting sentencing on federal corruption charges. And that's in St. Louis County alone. The feds haven't started in the city or the county's 90 municipalities.

Mayor Lightfoot and the machine ... Part 2: Aldermen, limiting your privilege will help fix City Hall

When Lori Lightfoot becomes mayor on Monday, she plans to issue an executive order curtailing the level of control aldermen wield over city business.
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