Rookie aldermen lead challenge to mayor's plan
Four aldermen -- Bob Fioretti (2nd), Pat Dowell (3rd), Howard Brookins (21st) and Joe Moore (49th) -- used a parliamentary maneuver to delay consideration of the ordinance.
The new structure would take OPS out of the Police Department and make it a separate city department with subpoena power and a chief administrator who reports directly to the mayor. Fioretti questioned how independent the agency would be if it's still under the mayor's thumb.
Daley reacted angrily, "Who should it be -- the pope? I'm the mayor. . . . Schools are my responsibility. Why can't police be my responsibility?"
Talk about a no win situation!