I got the call on Tuesday that the repeal was going to be put through at the Wednesday City Council meeting. So, I was down at City Hall yesterday morning at 9:15, and talked my way into the press box for the 4plus hour meeting. Anyone who ever wants to experience pure boredom should sit through a Chicago City Council meeting from start to finish. Foie gras was the last issue brought up and the one that all the reporters/cameras were there for. Here’s Dan Mihalopoulos and Mark Caro’s rendition of what went down, complete with video. I was right there in the press box with them, and their rendering is pretty spot-on. Mark turned toward me after the repeal was passed, 37-6, and we both said “that was great!” (sociologically interesting, politics in action, witnessing of yelling and lobbying, etc).
What the whole experience boils down to was seeing how easy it is to get anything through City Council, what with the length of the meeting, the fact that aldermen are up and down, chatting with each other, in the antechamber drinking coffee, and each sitting behind a 2 foot tall stack of papers/resolutions/ordinances.