Chicago City Council: Aldermen take attendance, cast votes electronically for 1st time

Chicago City Council: Aldermen take attendance, cast votes electronically for 1st time

CHICAGO (TOC) — The Chicago Metropolis Council shifting into the twenty first Century Wednesday, with a couple of velocity bumps on day considered one of digital voting.

“Council will come to order, please use the pad to log your presence,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned because the council debuted digital voting.

SEE ALSO | Finalists really useful to interchange ex-Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson; Mayor Lightfoot delays appointmentA variety of aldermen acquired technical help getting logged in and arrange. The opening prayer included a request for divine assist as properly.

“It truly went superb,” mentioned Ald. Sue Sadlowski Garza, tenth Ward. “There was a couple of glitches however I feel, welcome to the age of electronics. I feel it is about time that we introduced Metropolis Council up to the mark.”

As the very first vote befell within the afternoon, the tally board lit up with inexperienced “sure” votes.

“A few us had technical difficulties as a result of the community would not join,” mentioned Ald. Walter Burnett, twenty seventh Ward.

SEE ALSO | Chicago on line casino bids: 3 finalists introduced by Mayor Lightfoot’s workplace

Metropolis Clerk Anna Valencia, who oversaw the implementation of the brand new methods, thanked aldermen for his or her persistence.

“Right now was historical past within the making,” she mentioned. “And we’re excited over the following few months for the aldermen to get used to this new process and e-voting.”

Earlier, some alderman known as for ethics reforms after Valencia and her lobbyist husband, who does enterprise with the town, didn’t correctly report their statements of financial curiosity.

“So the basic difficulty proper right here is that public workplace shouldn’t be used for pushing again the general public workplace for private achieve,” Ald. Silvana Tabares, twenty third Ward. “We’re right here to serve the general public.”

Valencia accused Tabares of being a device of her opponent Alexi Giannoulias within the Secretary of State race.

“I’ve talked to the board of ethics and every little thing that I must amend, I’ve amended as quickly as I came upon that we had made a mistake, a human error,” Valencia mentioned.

The mayor took warmth from aldermen concerning the course of to decide on a on line casino finalist after she launched an ordinance to determine a particular committee of committee chairs and vice-chairs to advise her on the only option.

“Each single member of metropolis council could have greater than ample alternative to take part clearly, in a public engagement,” Lightfoot mentioned.

It was additionally the day Lightfoot was purported to introduce her decide for the eleventh Ward to interchange Patrick Daley Thompson who was convicted final month on tax fraud fees. She mentioned a call will probably be coming quickly.

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