Instead, Burke will be seated to the mayor’s far right — still in the front row of the chambers, but literally shunted aside after being charged by federal prosecutors with attempted extortion. Burke’s attorney has said he is innocent, and Burke has defied calls to resign or drop his bid for a 13th term.
Emanuel will formally introduce the package of ethics reforms he unveiled in the wake of the criminal charge filed against Burke. The mayor’s proposal would bar committee chairmen from invoking Rule 14 and recusing themselves from a vote before their committee more than three times per year, and presiding over matters they plan to recuse themselves from.
In addition, the revised rule would give the Board of Ethics the authority to review disclosures for sufficient detail, request further detail when necessary and assess penalties under the Ethics Ordinance for violations.
Aldermen would have to update their annual Statements of Financial Interest within 30 days of any changes “relating to outside employment, board service or business interests,” according to Emanuel’s proposal.
Emanuel’s proposal would also require the Committee on Zoning to act within six months on proposals. Aldermen who object to a permit must detail their reasons in writing and must have “substantive reasons” to block the permit.
Finally, the package would block campaign contributions from parties with matters before City Council for six months before the matter’s consideration in addition to the current ban for six months after consideration.
The mayor’s proposals are significantly less strict than those offered by several mayoral and aldermanic candidates as well as the Progressive Caucus — and are expected to face significant opposition.
However, aldermen are expected to rubber stamp the first part of the mayor’s reform proposal, which would move the city’s workers’ compensation fund to the comptroller’s office, a transfer endorsed Tuesday by the Finance Committee.
That fund had been controlled for decades by Burke before he was forced to resign as Finance chairman after he was charged.
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Emanuel is also likely to face a rebuke from aldermen on his decision to close six mental-health clinics in 2011 as part of his first budget.
Forty-three aldermen have signed on to a plan to create a task force to determine whether — and where — to reopen city-run mental health clinics, despite the vehement opposition of the Emanuel administration.
Ald. Sophia King — who authored the measure (R2018-1398) to create the Public Mental Health Clinic Service Expansion Task Force — said the closures of the mental health clinics had led to “increased 911 calls and jailings.”
The measure requires the Health Committee to hold a public hearing in 45 days — which would be just about the same time aldermen are up for re-election — to allow Chicagoans to weigh in on the need to reopen the clinics. The task force will have 180 days to report its findings to aldermen.
Aldermen are expected to back Emanuel’s call to expand the city’s transit-oriented development ordinance to include projects planned near busy bus routes in an effort to spur development in blighted areas.
Only Ald. Deb Mell (33) voted against the proposal (O2018-9304) when it was considered by the Zoning Committee, saying the city was moving too quickly.
Aldermen are also set to approve a number of items:
- SO2018-8121— A measure designed to give seniors displaced by renovations or rehabilitations in large affordable housing buildings more notice and coordination from building owners. [Our coverage]
- O2018-9270 — Permission for the new Jewel-Osco under construction in Woodlawn to sell liquor, as well as several other changes to rules for the sale of packaged alcohol across the city. [Our coverage]
- O2016-5571 — A measure to restore the Congress Theater and build a seven-story, 72-unit tower next door.
- O2018-8010 — A $75 million redevelopment of the Uptown Theater, which is set to get $13 million from the area’s tax-increment financing district.
- O2018-8006 — A proposal to build an observatory deck atop the Aon Center at 200 E. Randolph St.
- O2018-9263 — A proposal to turn the long-vacant Grace’s Furniture building at 2618 N. Milwaukee Ave. into a boutique hotel with 44 rooms and two restaurants, as first reported by Block Club Chicago.
- O2018-9559 — A proposal to use $1.85 million from the Pulaski Industrial Corridor Redevelopment Area to renovate Kosciusko Park in Logan Square.
- Three lawsuit settlements worth $1.36 million [Our coverage]
- O2018-9957 — $45 million in loans for the 134-unit Parkside Four development. The land was once home to the Cabrini-Green Housing project.
- O2018-9534 — $2.3 million in loans for the Cicero Senior Lofts at 4801-57 S. Cicero Ave. in the 14th Ward.
- S2018-9195 — A pilot program offering a free city sticker to all veterans who are honorably or generally discharged from the armed services through January 2020.
- O2018-9339 — A measure to expand the Chicago Department of Health’s vision program to include the 4,000 students who attend private or parochial school.
- O2018-9307 — A measure to give the health commissioner the authority to issue a subpoena to investigate “serious public health threats” or discover the location of people “exposed to a health attack agent.”
- A2018-153 — The appointment of Latasha Thomas to the Community Development Commission
- A2018-154 — The reappointment of Eileen K. Rhodes to the Community Development Commission.
- A2018-145 — The appointment of Barbara McDonald to the Board of Ethics.
- A2018-142 — The reappointments of Raul Garza and Smita N. Shah as members of Chicago Plan Commission.
- A2018-143 — The appointment of Ashley Hemphill Netzky to the Chicago Park District.
- A2018-144 — The appointment of Timothy J. King to the Chicago Park District.