Mayor Lori Lightfoot presiding at the April 24 virtual City Council meeting.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s emergency powers ordinance was approved by a narrow margin in the City Council Friday afternoon, with local aldermen voting against the controversial measure. 

The ordinance will expand Lightfoot’s executive powers, including her ability to spend city money. It passed by a 29-to-21 vote — the no votes included Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th), and Jeanette Taylor (20th). Both Hairston and Taylor criticized Lightfoot’s ordinance yesterday to the Herald. 

“Our communities need relief now, especially Black Chicagoans who are disproportionately affected by this crisis,” Taylor said in a press release after today’s vote. “I don’t want to see memes, commercials or people just talking about what needs to be done. I want to see action, I want to see democracy, and I want to see the resources my people need to survive.”

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John Weis Loftus

“Those who would sacrifice sacred liberty for temporary safety, deserve neither safety nor liberty.”

Benjamin Franklin

Just when the city needs to perform at its best, fear takes over and 29 Aldersheep fall in line.

This is a crisis that takes many minds, many opinions, and many directions, not consolidation of power.

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