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Lightfoot administration names City Council leadership

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Recently elected Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced her proposal for City Council committee leadership, which now includes Ald. Tom Tunney ( 44th Ward ) as vice mayor—making it the first time LGBT individuals are simultaneously the city's mayor and vice mayor.

The proposal includes:

—Ald. Scott Waguespack ( 32nd Ward ) as chair of the Committee on Finance;

—Ald. Pat Dowell ( 3rd ) as chair of the Committee on Budget and Government Operations

—Ald. Gilbert Villegas ( 36th ) as chair of the Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development

—Ald. Tom Tunney ( 44th ) as chair of the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards

—Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza ( 10th ) as chair of the Committee on Workforce Development

—Ald. Howard Brookins ( 21st ) as chair of the Committee on Transportation and Public Way

—Ald. Michelle Harris ( 8th ) as chair of the Committee on Committees and Rules;

—Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. ( 27th ) as chair of the Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety ;

—Ald. Nicholas Sposato ( 38th ) as chair of the Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation;

—Ald. Michael Scott Jr. ( 24th ) as chair of the Committee on Education and Child Development;

—Ald. Matthew O'Shea ( 19th ) as the chair of Committee on Aviation;

—Ald. Chris Taliaferro ( 29th ) as the chair of the Committee on Public Safety;

—Ald. Harry Osterman ( 48th ) as the chair of the Committee on Housing and Real Estate;

—Ald. Roderick T. Sawyer ( 6th ) as the chair of the Committee on Health and Human Relations ( formerly the Committee on Human Relations );

—Ald. George Cardenas ( 12th ) as chair of the Committee on Environmental Protection and Energy ( formerly Committee on Health and Environmental Protection ); and

—Ald. Emma Mitts ( 37th ) as chair of the Committee on License and Consumer Protection.

The proposal includes several changes to the committee structure, including the creation of a new Committee on Ethics and Good Governance, with Ald. Michele Smith ( 43th Ward ) as chair; the creation of a Committee on Public Health and Human Relations and a Committee on Environment and Energy, which were previously one combined committee; and the creation of a Committee on Contracting Oversight and Equity to focus on matters relating to minority and women-owned business contracting, with Ald. Carrie Austin ( 34th Ward ) as chair.

Also, Ald. Brendan Reilly ( 42nd ) will serve as president pro tempore while Ald. Gilbert Villegas ( 36th ) will serve as floor leader.

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