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Thursday, June 25, 2009


Looks like some of our aldermen, still hurting from the parking meter mess, are getting all rebellious on King Daley. And their little secret meetings with the Chicago 2016 did nothing to help. They plan to hire - get this - independent experts to evaluate the Olympic insurance policies as well as the Olympic construction budget. What a novel idea, huh?

“If, through their own-foot dragging, they don’t present us with information in time for us to conduct an independent analysis, I would have no choice but to vote the entire package down. The old, ‘Trust me’ just won’t fly anymore,” [Alderman Joe] Moore said.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) said the City Council is bolder and wiser after the furor caused by broken, overstuffed and improperly calibrated parking meters and the steep schedule of rate hikes tied to the 75-year lease.

“We have been bitten by the lack of information from this past fiasco. I’ve learned early. Everybody has learned. We are taking those mistake-ridden decisions and moving forward,” Cochran said.

“I never want to be in a position ever again to be held accountable for making a vote on something without having adequate input.”

That's right aldermen, you are allowed to demand answers when taxpayer money is involved. You don't have to just blindly support whatever the mayor proposes. You can even use independent analysis. Like big boys and girls. Now go do your homework. Or no dessert for you.

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