Mayor Lori Lightfoot squared off with Ald. Ed Burke (14), sending a message that reform is. coming, ready or not. [Don Vincent/The Daily Line]

For the better part of three decades, Ald. Ed Burke (14) dictated the pace of City Council meetings.

A resolution honoring Chicago Police officers or firefighters for their bravery would, without fail, trigger a paean to the valor of the city’s first responders while the recognition of the retirement of a long time city employee would be prefaced with a stemwinder about Chicago history.

Then, and only then, would Burke yield the floor to the mayor and the first roll call vote would be taken.

But Wednesday, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot — the seventh person to occupy City Hall’s fifth floor office in Burke’s 50-year career — looking down from the rostrum, the once-powerful alderman found himself silenced and ignored.

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