Despite a setback last week, a proposed $3.5 billion dollar bond offering for O’Hare Airport was approved by the Finance Committee without any debate or discussion. Only two aldermen–Leslie Hairston (5) and Pat Dowell (3)–asked to be recorded as no votes.
Attendance (includes non-members): Chair Ed Burke (14), Joe Moreno (1), Pat Dowell (3), Sophia King (4), Leslie Hairston (5), Rod Sawyer (6), Gregory Mitchell (7), Michelle Harris (8), Anthony Beale (9), Sue Sadlowski-Garza (10), Patrick Daley Thompson (11), George Cardenas (12), Marty Quinn (13), Raymond Lopez (15), David Moore (17), Derrick Curtis (18), Matt O’Shea (19), Willie Cochran (20) Rick Munoz (22), Michael Scott, Jr. (24), Danny Solis (25), Walter Burnett (27), Jason Ervin (28) Ariel Reboyras (30), Scott Waguespack (32), Gilbert Villegas (36), Nick Sposato (38), Brendan Reilly (42), Tom Tunney (44), Harry Osterman (48), Deb Silverstein (50)
The swift approval of the bond deal was a surprising turn of events following Friday’s marathon meeting, where the Council’s Black Caucus successfully led the charge to temporarily block a vote on the item, essentially deferring it to Monday. Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans and Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown were in attendance for the vote, but did not testify because no questions were asked of them.
Ahead of the vote, the Council’s Black Caucus reached an agreement with Commissioner Evans that includes quarterly briefings on minority hiring and contracts for projects at O’Hare and Midway Airport. The agreement was made in response to a letter Ald. Dowell sent the Commissioner following Friday’s Finance Committee meeting.
Red Light Camera, Speed Ticket Ordinance
The O’Hare bonds were one of three items slated for the Finance Committee Monday. The committee also unanimously approved an ordinance from the city’s Law Department that authorizes the city to send out old red light and speed camera tickets to more than a million Chicagoans who never received second notice of a violation.
The move is in response to a lawsuit filed against the city by two motorists who claimed the city failed to properly notify them of their ticket, because they only got one notice, not two.