The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) will be leading a new committee on Economic Development in the Chicago City Council. The chairmanship is part of a leadership shuffle in the Council that includes eliminating three committees and shifting power away from the Finance Committee, which will continue to be chaired by Ald. Ed Burke (14th).
Tunney, who also owns and continues to manage the chain of Ann Sather’s restaurants in Lakeview, has long promoted himself as a small business advocate and was rumored to be pursuing the committee chairmanship. He did not chair any committees in the previous council term.
It is not clear yet what the committee’s exact jurisdiction will be, but the previous council’s Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development was defined to have, ”jurisdiction over those matters which directly affect the economic and technological expansion and development of the City and economic attraction to the City; and shall work with those public and private organizations that are similarly engaged.”