* On Monday, Mayor Lightfoot said this about a trailer bill for the elected school board bill…
“We fought too long and too hard over the course of many, many years to make sure that we’re providing real supports for people who have come to the city who want to raise their families, do the right thing, contribute to our tax base. Yet, we’re gonna vote on a bill that disenfranchises them and then say, ‘We’ll take care of it on a trailer bill?’” said Lightfoot, her voice rising as she referenced plans to pass followup legislation to address issues like how undocumented parents could vote, among other issues.
“Too little, too late. If you know that the bill is flawed, wait. Fix it.”
* Well, the bill has since passed, and she’s now embracing the idea of a trailer bill…
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago, filed a motion to reconsider shortly after the legislation passed, a procedural move that will keep the bill in that chamber unless the motion is removed. Ramirez’s chief of staff said in a statement Thursday she placed the hold on the bill “to ensure that it makes it to the Governor’s desk at the appropriate time.
“She will lift the hold in the next few weeks after conversations with stakeholders on a trailer have begun,” the statement said. […]
[Lightfoot said] “The bill that was passed is not. It’s deeply-flawed. … That’s why we’re gonna be meeting to negotiate on a trailer bill. But, for me, it’s never been about politics. I can’t speak for others.”
Lightfoot said the motion to reconsider sets the stage for, what she called, “real negotiations for the first time over the last couple of months.”