|The Sergeant- at -arms presents the City Council gift.|
There were the usual resolutions honoring Fire, Police and CPA standouts and the droning of the various ordinances and Eddie Burke's blah..blah..blah. Then the whole thing turned into a 2 hour love fest, not only for the departing Mayor, but also the Aldermen who were leaving because of retirement or losing a runoff election.
The Mayor also gave high praise to the outgoing City Clerk, my friend, Miguel del Valle. He has conducted his personal and public life with honor, integrity and a real desire to help young people achieve success through education. In the 30 plus years I have known him - I have witnessed the respect that he shows others even when the "others" are throwing bricks and not being civil. Today I salute him for bringing the Chicago City Council, kicking and screaming , into the 21st century in terms of technology. His redesign of the City Council website and its interactive nature -especially for the live streaming City Council meetings- allowed me to watch the new Mayor in action.