Passage of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance will not only help move our people away from these disposable relics of the old economy, but it will help Chicago take its rightful place as a leader of the sustainable and fiscally responsible new economy.
One of Chicago's most famous City Council members, Michael "Hinky Dink" Kenna, got a quite a gift from his supporters in the First Ward on April 22, 1897: an "alderman's star." It looks like a police officer's badge -- except that it's made out of solid gold and studded with diamonds.
Once again the Chicago City Council proved it's not ready for reform. Recently, the council voted unanimously to pass the second set of reforms proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Ethics Task Force, except as the reforms would apply to them.
We do have the right to bear arms, but like all rights, it must be balanced against our broader rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. After the beyond-comprehension horror in Sandy Hook, the time for action is now.
Today, I'll vote yes for the Infrastructure Trust Ordinance because I'm confident that it will prove to be an essential positive for our city. Putting my head in the sand, while our great city crumbles around us is not something I'm willing to do.
Unless Chicagoans give a damn, we will never have the votes at the ballot box or in the city council to end the endemic cultural of corruption which has plagued this city since the first public corruption convictions in 1869.