Two Votes Short
Today, in what may be the closest vote in City Council history, the vote for full council oversight lost to a substitute ordinance by a vote of 25-23.  While the substitute ordinance denied the Inspector General Ferguson the power to audit city council, as a result of our efforts it does the following:
  • Eliminates the ineffective office of Legislative Inspector General
  • Removes virtually all of the procedural obstacles to investigating aldermen and their staffs
  • For the first time in history it gives the IG jurisdiction over lobbyists and contractors 
  • Fully funds the office of IG
I vigorously argued for complete reform and the adoption of the original ordinance I introduced in September 2014, saying: 
"Today we have the  opportunity to publicly be held accountable to  the          same  ethical standards of behavior on the job as thousands of                     employees working in firehouses, in police  stations, on street crews            and in offices... And I say oversight of this Chamber should not be                hobbled under any guise.  Because limiting oversight is the same as          evading it."

While we have made substantial strides, our work here is not done.  Together we can solve the problems facing Chicago. Voices are pleading across the city for greater transparency and accountability.  I believe more change is coming and this is a start.

Click here  to read my full remarks at city council.  

Click here to read a statement from Inspector General Joe Ferguson. 

Read early coverage by the  Sun Times   and  Tribune .  

Watch me discuss the ordinance on WTTW's Chicago Tonight at 7 PM tomorrow.
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Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward