Oddly enough I never really needed it until just after she died in June 2002, when my reading vision instantly began to decline. So I am grateful to her for her prescience and my silver-handled magnifying glass which makes it possible to read the teenie weenie print in the legal notices in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Today there were thirty-eight public notices related to zoning changes. Traditionally (i.e. under the Daley regimes) the role of the Alderman has been to help developers undermine the planning that went into the creation of Chicago’s zoning ordinance by making it meet the needs of those developers. Aldermen are supposed to do this, get donations from the developers to win reelection and be grateful. For this perq they were supposed to ignore their roles as members of a legislative body, the Chicago City Council.
The Committee on Zoning of the City Council of the City of Chicago is going to be VERY busy on Thursday January 26, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. when it convenes a public hearing to consider these thirty-eight (38) ordinances seeking changes to Title 17 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, a/k/a the Chicago Zoning Ordinance. I may go this meeting.
I haven’t gone to a Zoning Committee meeting in a couple of years.
The last time I went it was as a sort of tour-guide for a friend with property on Cicero Avenue to explain to him how the process worked. I gave him a play-by-play analysis of the meeting that was spot on.
It turned out to be a humorous meeting as Alderman Suarez embarrassed himself because he was so unprepared for the citizen/property owner opposition to the changes he wanted. So the matter was tabled until a later meeting.
And my friend took me to lunch.