Mazzochi Aims to End Aldermanic Privilege

From The Daily Line:

A DuPage County lawmaker introduced a measure Tuesday designed to strip Chicago aldermen of decision-making power over ward-level issues, saying state lawmakers should limit city officials’ ability to block new developments as part of an anti-corruption push…

State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Westmont) told The Daily Line Tuesday the executive order issued by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to end aldermanic prerogative on her first day in office  is “a good start,” but that state oversight is needed.

…Mazzochi said she was moved to act by the 14-count indictment of Ald. Ed Burke (14), which alleges that Burke repeatedly — and brazenly — used his powerful position at City Hall to force those doing business with the city to hire his private law firm. Burke has pleaded not guilty.

The sort of “shady back room deals” Burke is accused of must be stopped, Mazzochi said.

“This is one very small step in protecting people’s property rights,” Mazzochi said.