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Aldermen Fri Dec 19 2008

Joravsky on the "Aldermanic Revolt"

I love when Ben Joravsky gets mad. So should you.

So when it came time to vote on the Reese deal, the aldermen let Mayor Daley know exactly how they were feeling: Mad. Hurt. Insulted. Unwilling to take it anymore. Ready to stand up for the people...I figured, yes, here it comes: The long-awaited aldermanic revolution! The aldermen rise up in rage to vote against the Olympics once and for all! And leading the charge would be the fiery-tongued Bob Fioretti, Pat Dowell, Leslie Hairston, Freddrenna Lyle, Walter Burnett, Ed Smith, and Ray Suarez...And when push came to shove, what was the vote? 47-0. In other words, they rolled over. Just like always. If these guys had a backbone, it would be made of rubber.


All this -- and we haven't even won the bid yet. In fact, it's still a year away. If we win the bid, the aldermen will have even less leverage to protect taxpayers and residents and provide oversight on Olympic spending.

 
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