As Daley’s Tenure Nears End, Aldermen Seek New Opportunities

October 8, 2010  |  

(NYT) — Mayor Richard M. Daley’s decision not to seek re-election next year raises the prospect of a major shift in the balance of power in City Hall.

By law, Chicago’s government was designed to have a strong Council and a weak mayor, but for decades the mayor has been dominant, especially during the more than four decades that Mr. Daley or his father has been in office. Now, the chaotic succession battle could allow the Council’s 50 aldermen to act as an independent counterweight to executive power, a role they have played at various periods in the city’s history.

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