With the help of some of my colleagues I was able to delay a vote on a misguided piece of legislation -- the establishment of a "Legislative Inspector General," the proposed "watchdog" of the City Council.
As an alderman, I have embarked on an new alternative to the old style of decision-making. I'm letting the residents of the 49th Ward decide how to spend my entire discretionary capital budget of more than $1.3 million.
It's not that I'm sick of Mayor Daley. He's as entertaining as ever, and as much a confounding brew of political genius and moral vulgarity, animal intelligence and intellectual imbecility as he ever was.
The political landscape of Chicago and Illinois is destined to change in its black representation. Todd Stroger has been a disappointment. He should go home and not waste the public's time with another run.
When the Cook County budget comes up for a vote in the coming week, we will be dealing, yet again, with a patchwork set of fixes, an ill-conceived borrowing scheme, and a lack of attention to the real problems.