Comment of the day: Aldermanic privilege has to go

“The real problem is the continuation of the odd Chicago practice of aldermanic privilege (or prerogative, if you will). There really does need to be a power shift on zoning and development issues – away from the aldermen and toward the DPD [Chicago Department of Planning and Development] (yes I know, the DPD is not perfect, but I do trust the planning professionals there more than I do some alderman who thinks he’s running a direct democracy in his little fiefdom) … these development decisions need to be made above the aldermanic level … this would also minimize the outrageously high level of influence that overachieving NIMBY groups have gained throughout the city …”

-“Sam,” commenting on the tradition of aldermanic privilege in response to a post about aldermanic candidates in the 42nd ward.

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