June 21, 2009

Moore: Mayor and Council are "co-equal"

After nearly two decades as Alderman, Joe Moore is still fundamentally confused about his job.
"You can't have the executive branch agreeing to hold the City and the taxpayers liable for an unlimited amount of money without having the City Council, the other co-equal branch of government, give its authorization."

-Joe Moore,
Thursday, June 18, 2009
WTTW
Chicago Tonight
Moore claims to have a law degree, and here he borrows a concept from constitutional law in an attempt to confuse people about his personal accountability.
"Vote required. The passage of all ordinances for whatever purpose, and of any resolution or motion (i) to create any liability against a city or (ii) for the expenditure or appropriation of its money shall require the concurrence of a majority of all members then holding office on the city council..."

65 ILCS 5/3.1‑40‑40
Dear neighbors, when you look around Chicago, pot holes, parking meters, perennial deficits, soaring fees and taxation, lay-offs, graft, corruption, ... RECOGNIZE: the CITY COUNCIL is the corporate authority of Chicago. Our aldermen hold the purse strings. Under Illinois state law, the Mayor and the City Council are NOT "co-equal" branches of government.

And don't let any weasel tell you otherwise.

Chicago Tonight is required viewing for understanding our great City. This show has sat political opponents side by side for decades, but no one is more rude and disrespectful of each other than a panel of Chicago aldermen.

1 comment:

T Mannis said...

Excellent post, Hugh. (Toni, thanks for giving Hugh a forum.)