While City Council prepares to answer a suit charging it violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act, two weeks ago, the Chicago City Council’s Sergeant-at-Arms quietly issued a document to aldermen and city officials detailing a new seating policy for the Council Chambers. “The public is admitted to the Gallery’s non-reserved seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Fifteen seats on the second floor and fifteen seats on the third floor shall be set aside for general admission and may not be reserved. The Sergeant-at-Arms reserves the right to seat visitors in the second-floor or third-floor Gallery based on seat availability,” says the document.

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