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Progressive Caucuses Chicago City Council: Aldermen Aligned With And Against Rahm Form Dueling Groups

03/14/2013 04:37 pm ET

Mayor, Mayor, in City Hall, who's the most progressive caucus of them all?

Only Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) belongs to both "progressive" caucuses, which differ largely when it comes to one key point: Members of the Paul Douglas Alliance have been more closely allied with Rahm Emanuel, while the Progressive Reform Coalition comprises aldermen who have defied the mayor in past votes.

Ald. Joe Moore (49th) told the Sun-Times his group is simply taking a “different approach” than the Progressive Caucus, saying they are aimed "more at solving problems than opposing Emanuel."

In a statement, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) said his caucus can serve constituents "disturbed by the increasing reliance on privatization to create revenue" by examining city privatization deals and acting more autonomously from the mayor.

Three members of the Progressive Reform Coalition on Wednesday already joined Fioretti in his call to "question the sagacity of" -- i.e., to consider significantly changing or ditching altogether -- the city's struggling Taste of Chicago festival, DNAinfo reports.

The Paul Douglass Alliance, meanwhile, said they were geared toward problem solving, particularly where budget issues and public confidence are concerned. The group proposed Wednesday to give Inspector General Joe Ferguson the power to investigate aldermen and axe the City Council’s handpicked inspector general Faisal Khan; the private contractor cost taxpayers more than a quarter million dollars in 2012.

Moore insisted two coalitions don't equal conflict, according to DNAinfo: "There's no disunity at all."

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