Only 11 aldermen show up for special meeting

December 6, 2010 (CHICAGO)

"Democracy needs a lot more work," said City Clerk and Chicago mayoral hopeful Miguel del Valle after only eleven aldermen bothered to show up to decide a measure that would allow citizens to vote on several controversial issues. Among them: the forced renegotiation of Mayor Daley's parking meter deal, filling vacancies on police force and whether the city should seek the authority to tax banking transactions.

The non-binding referenda were the brainchild of 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Munoz. However since 26 Aldermen are needed for a quorum, the lack of attendance at Monday's City Council meeting means the advisory referenda won't appear on the February ballot.

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