The City Council voted with Mayor Daley 82 percent of the time since 2007, according to a new report from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Authored by political scientist and former alderman Dick Simpson, the report shows that seven aldermen voted with Mayor Daley 100 percent of the time since 2007: John Pope (10th Ward), Frank Olivo (13th), Ed Burke (14th), Virginia Rugai (19th), Ariel Reyboras (30th), Dick Mell (33rd), and Carrie Austin (34th). Olivo and Rugai are retiring.
Another 18 voted with him at least 96 percent of the time, including retiring aldermen Tom Allen (38th), Patrick Levar (45th), Helen Schiller (46th), and Mary Ann Smith (48th). Another seven voted with Daley 90 percent or more of the time.
Eight aldermen voted with the mayor 70 percent of the time or less: Bob Fioretti (2nd), Toni Preckwinkle and her interim replacement Shirley Newsome (4th), Sandi Jackson (7th), Ricardo Munoz (22nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd), Brian Doherty (41st), and Joe Moore (49th). Fioretti, Jackson, and Moore voted with the mayor the least—52 percent, 53 percent, and 51 percent of the time respectively.
Simpson suggests that mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel will have less control over the council when he takes office in May. He says some aldermen may side with Burke, the longtime finance chair, and other independent-minded aldermen will not vote as reliably with the new mayor.