Members of the City Council’s Committee on Public Safety swiftly approved without objection three of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed appointees to the Chicago Emergency Telephone System Board, while some aldermen raised concerns over Ald. Marty Quinn’s (13) proposed ordinance to crack down on the unauthorized sale of stolen catalytic converters. (Complete agenda here.)
Mayor Emanuel seeks to extend the term of Michael E. Callahan and appoint two new members to the board, Charles Stewart III and Daniel Casey. Council regular George Blakemore was the only person to testify in opposition.
As for the catalytic converters, Ald. Quinn wants to amend the Municipal Code to make it illegal for someone to “purchase, collect, transport or dispose of any catalytic converter that is not attached to a motor vehicle, or any portion of a dismantled catalytic converter.” He says it’s in response to numerous complaints from car owners who’ve had the exhaust system stolen from their cars. But Ald. Willie Cochran (21) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9), who represent wards with numerous auto shops and junk yards, wanted to make sure the ordinance wouldn’t negatively impact those businesses. Quinn said those retailers could still buy and sell used catalytic converters as long as the seller brings documentation proving ownership. The committee passed the ordinance by voice vote.