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Study: City Council’s ‘rubber stamp’ for Rahm holding steady

A new study shows that while Mayor Rahm Emanuel “has recently lost some support compared to his first two years as the council has had more frequent divided roll call votes … it continues as a rubber stamp council.”

The study, released by the University of Illinois at Chicago, shows little has changed from a previous report it issued last year.

From April 2013 to November 2014, aldermanic support for Emanuel was 89 percent on divided roll call votes, only down slightly from 93 percent in his first two years.

Since he’s been in office, Emanuel has had aldermanic support 90 percent of the time, which is greater than the 88 percent former Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoyed in his final term, or the 85 percent former Mayor Richard J. Daley enjoyed in the 1970s.

Emanuel’s two biggest opponents are Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and Ald. John Arena (45th), who sided with the mayor 45 and 43 percent of the time, respectively.

City Council Report