November council: sorrow, censure, and referenda

In a discussion by journalists Dave Glowacz and Ben Joravsky, Dave and Ben listened to and commented on meetings of the Chicago City Council that took place in November of 2023.

Mitts and Cruz
Alds. Emma Mitts (37) and Ruth Cruz (30).
Photo by Dave Glowacz.

The standard version of the episode shows how council members reacted when 32nd Ward Ald. Scott Waguespack moved to have the City Council censure 35th Ward Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa.

Waguespack said the council should "restore decorum" by disciplining Rosa for his actions in the previous week. In those actions, Rosa reportedly tried to bully some aldermen into skipping a special council meeting. That meeting was called to advance a reversal of Chicago's sanctuary city status.

In the premium version of the episode, one alderman claimed, explicitly, what Rosa did to intimidate her. That was followed by Rosa's act of contrition.

Also in the premium version, audio reveals controversy around two proposals made by aldermen for referenda to be put before Chicago voters in next year's March 19 primary election. That audio comes from both the Nov. 7 full council meeting, and the raucous meeting that preceded it: that of the council's Committee on Committees and Rules.

Length 11.3 minutes standard, 43.2 minutes premium.

Music: "v (Game Mix)" by Akira Sora
Copyright 2023 (CC BY 4.0).

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