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Michele Smith

Check off one City Council reform. More to go

Check off one City Council reform. More to go

We were beginning to wonder if Chicago aldermen were serious about having a real voice in decisions about the city's finances. It's been nearly 18 months, after all, since the City Council voted to hire itself a team to provide guidance on the budget and other money matters. Given the council's long history of rubber-stamping whatever the mayor put in front of it, creating the office qualified as a bona fide reform — and the aldermen who voted for it made sure to boast about it as they ran for re-election earlier this year. Never mind that the office remained unfilled. The lack of urgency was baffling, given the state of Chicago finances and the array of possible...