Crash course for new aldermen ahead of inauguration

April 25, 2011 2:53:27 PM PDT
Some of the Chicago City Council's newest members got a crash course Monday in how to be an alderman.

They got the lessons from four members of what is called the "progressive caucus."

Those council veterans are hoping to create allies of the new aldermen. They gave the rookies a leg up in subjects like setting up a ward office and getting along with the administration.

"It was good to hear from other independent-minded future colleagues in the City Council about how to conduct myself and how to involve the community, and really how to make sure that our ward benefits equitably from city service and city benefits," said Alderman-elect Will Burns, 4th Ward.

The new City Council will be seated May 16.