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The [Wednesday] Papers

Lori Lightfoot had a good day today.

Not so much Alds. Ed Burke, Patrick Daley Thompson and Ray Lopez, nor Robert Mueller and Donald Trump.

Let's take a look.

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Leading a city council meeting for the first time, Lightfoot at times had a bit of nervous shake in her voice, and received the requisite parliamentary assistance when needed, but overall demonstrated that times have changed in Chicago.

First, she put Ed Burke in his place.

I mean, his place is a prison cell, but figuratively speaking:

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Or, as I put it:

I wish I would've tweeted it like this, though:

Would the indicted former chair of the finance committee please shut up.

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Burke's complaint? That several passages of the new rules up for council approval referred to he and him instead of using gender-neutral language.

On one hand, maybe he has a point? On the other hand, Lighfoot, in prosecutorial manner that affirmed that Burke was a lawyer and a member of the council for 50 years, pointed out that the terms he/his (or she/hers) applies under the law to all genders.

Also after the meeting, Lightfoot told the media that Burke's objection was clearly a stunt to test her, and that "The notion that Ed Burke is a champion of women's rights is laughable."

Via WGN-TV:

"Alderman Burke is somebody who likes to test people. He likes to see if there are weaknesses. He has attempted to do this in the past with me, and he's failed spectacularly every time. And every time he tries it, he will again fail spectacularly. I'm not going to start my term as mayor with a City Council putting up with somebody who is just playing games for the sport of it. The people in this city expect us to do our jobs. They expect the government to actually work on behalf of the people and not have a Game of Thrones gamesmanship on the floor of the City Council. I'm not having it."

Lightfoot cited a previous incident she had with Burke when she led the police board; she was appearing before the council on a budget matter when Burke attempted to use her as a "foil" for the inspector general. Then, too, she said, he "failed spectacularly."

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Meanwhile, Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson repeatedly moved to reconsider on a series of votes establishing the new council and its committee chairmanship assignments despite Lightfoot having the votes to win each motion each time. All reconsideration did was show Thompson to be a childish Burke ally trying futilely to derail Lightfoot while the new mayor got the opportunity each time to proclaim, "The motion to reconsider fails" as each reconsideration vote was the same as the original: a win for Lightfoot.

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At one point, Ald. Ray Lopez rose to attack Lightfoot for a relative lack of Latino representation among the new committee chairs, and to complain that the new mayor wasn't listening to aldermen's concerns.

Bear in mind, Lopez left the council's Latino Caucus in April because caucus members worked against his re-election.

So maybe not in a great position to speak of Latinos in the council nor where other aldermen's heads where at - which isn't to say he might not have a point about Lightfoot's Latino representation. It's to say he probably cares about as much as Burke cares about gender-neutral language.

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Another sign that times have changed:

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Mueller and Trump? Check out @BeachwoodReport for my commentary on today's events, but you can also entry the fray with this thread if you want:

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And then move on to this one:

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