* You can watch the Chicago City Council right now live on the Intertubes. The debate started at 10 o’clock. Click here for the video.
Chicago has come a long way since the days when television cameras were not allowed to broadcast or record City Council meetings.
In those days, it took an order from then-Finance Committee Chairman Tom Keane, introduced at each meeting, to let the cameras roll.
Fast forward more than three decades. After years of talk, City Council meetings will finally be televised live on the Internet, starting today.
Welcome to the 21st Century.
“I’ve got to check with my makeup artist,” joked Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th).
You need more than makeup, Pat.
Ald. Edward Burke (14th), a leader of the push to the Internet, said he hopes schoolchildren will view Thursday’s meeting, and all the council meetings thereafter, from their classroom computers
Please. Let’s hope not.
Watch and discuss.