Last week, the Chicago City council passed a joke. One alderman even made a funny comment about it. “…passing this ordinance is suicide.” Suicide will kill you.” That was the senior buffoon of the city council, Bernie Stone. He took over the senior buffoon post when Burt Natarus retired.
Yesterday, a few aldermen explained why they missed out on the chuckles.
The joke the alderman passed as an official ordinance of the City of Chicago? The so called ethics ordinance allowing an Inspector General to investigate Aldermen. Are you done laughing yet? It gets better. The Inspector General has to go through ever shrinking hoops to even start an investigation. If there is one he cannot fit through, sorry, no investigation. It gets even funnier.
The Board of Ethics must approve investigations and rule on their outcome. The same Board of Ethics that does nothing, except make sure various pieces of paper are filed on time. Oh, once in a while it makes rulings on conduct- making sure sponsored aldermanic trips to places like China were proper, for example.
The city council is more concerned about their rights and privileges than providing good, honest, open, government. They do not want anyone to know what they are doing. If it were possible, they would hold their council meetings in a dark, damp basement in the middle of the night- like the cockroaches they really are. That is their right. It is their privilege.
There is not one honest, ethical alderman out of the fifty. Not one. It is a shame. They are the same body they were from the late 1800s. Nothing has changed except they now have indoor plumbing, technology, and different style suits. The Chicago City Council is still the same cess filled pool it was back in the day. Oh, they are more careful about how they take their graft, take care of their friends and families, and hand out patronage jobs. All with no oversight or accountability.
The people of Chicago should be ashamed. Anyone who voted for these Aldermen should be ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated. Any media outlet that endorsed them should go bankrupt.
Honest government, good government, clean government is dead in Chicago. Oh, some voted against it you say, they felt it was not stringent enough, you claim? Nonsense. Not one Alderman wanted anyone to have the ability to investigate them.
They even found a way to make money off of this. A five hundred dollar fine for anyone who files a false report. They threw in a six month sentence in jail to boot. How much do you want to bet all reports will be considered false?