“This is a body that, historically, has bristled at any oversight, including budget help. A financial adviser hired to guide the council on budget matters was quickly neutered of authority. Until recently, the ethics board assigned to keep aldermen honest has operated mostly in partnership with the aldermen, not as a watchdog. Clouted programs embedded in the council, including the city’s workers’ compensation program, has operated in an impenetrable silo. And when aldermen learned that former Ald. Danny Solis of the 25th Ward had recorded their conversations as part of a federal corruption probe, his former colleagues reacted with disgust at the betrayal. How dare someone cooperate with law enforcement?”<br><br>This is St. Louis all day… And why its taking the Feds and not these ‘reform prosecutors’, the same folks control the municipal courts, local law enforcement and the police department. Don’t be fooled because these branches fight among each other.

"This is a body that, historically, has bristled at any oversight, including budget help. A financial adviser hired to guide the council on budget matters was quickly neutered of authority. Until recently, the ethics board assigned to keep aldermen honest has operated mostly in partnership with the aldermen, not as a watchdog. Clouted programs embedded in the council, including the city’s workers’ compensation program, has operated in an impenetrable silo. And when aldermen learned that former Ald. Danny Solis of the 25th Ward had recorded their conversations as part of a federal corruption probe, his former colleagues reacted with disgust at the betrayal. How dare someone cooperate with law enforcement?"

This is St. Louis all day... And why its taking the Feds and not these 'reform prosecutors', the same folks control the municipal courts, local law enforcement and the police department. Don't be fooled because these branches fight among each other.

Mayor Lightfoot and the machine ... Part 3: Wednesday is showdown day

Wednesday's City Council meeting, the first under new Mayor Lori Lightfoot, will be showdown day.
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