As the Chicago City Council officially welcomed a new City Clerk, they bid farewell to its top lawyer, who will be stepping down from the position he’s held for the past six years. The swearing in of Anna Valencia as City Clerk and a reading of a resolution honoring Corporation Counsel Steve Patton bookended three-hour City Council meeting, the first of 2017. All items outlined in our rundown from Wednesday were approved with no pushback and minimal debate.
But a contest may be brewing on another issue in the upcoming weeks: how to spend $14.7 million in unused funds from last year’s vastly underutilized property tax rebate program. Only 16% of eligible homeowners, or 25,300 people, applied for the rebate checks, according to numbers provided by the Mayor’s Office, leaving $14.7 million on the table.