In her first hours after being sworn in as the 56th mayor of the City of Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot signed her first executive order instructing departments to end the practice of aldermanic prerogative in department processes where it is controlled by the mayor and city departments.
Lightfoot signed the order in her City Hall office surrounded by aldermen, community leaders and members of her Good Governance Transition Committee.
The executive order streamlines administrative decisions made throughout city departments by eliminating the aldermanic veto while preserving aldermanic voice in departmental decisions. The process by which residents and businesses seek to obtain licensing, permitting and other areas affected by the executive order will not change, and aldermen will still retain input in the delivery of key city services.
The order is the first piece in a comprehensive package to reform Chicago government that Lightfoot mentioned in her inauguration speech earlier that day ( May 20 ).