SBAC President and Co-Founder, Elliot Richardson, was on hand for the signing of newly sworn-in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first executive order. The goal of Executive Order 2019-2, is not to remove aldermanic input, but an alderman’s ability to unilaterally approve, affirm, block, or veto a departmental decision on administrative items.
As soon as is feasible, all City departments shall stop deferring to aldermanic prerogative in their decision-making process, unless expressly required by the Municipal Code of Chicago. Over the next 60 days, each department shall update procedures, practices, and materials to reflect this change.
This is an important first step in making it easier to own and operate a small business in Chicago.
You can view a copy of the full Executive Order here. The official press release from the Mayor’s Office can be found here.
Additional Media Coverage:
WGN: Lightfoot limits aldermanic prerogative in 1st executive order as mayor
Chicago Tribune: In her first official act as Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot signs order aimed at limiting aldermen’s powers