• Leslie Hairston

As expected, the City Council signed off on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ________ ordinances today.

In this particular case, you can fill in the blank with “parade and protest.” In addition to new regulations for such events, the measures give his administration the authority to deputize police officers from outside Chicago and to enter into contracts without the normal bidding process in advance of the NATO and G-8 summits this spring. (You can read them, along with 49th Ward alderman Joe Moore’s explanation for supporting them, here.)

The new protest rules inspired vehement opposition from activists and citizens’ groups, ranging from unions and death penalty foes to Crain’s Chicago Business and the Pro-Life Action League. But they still passed overwhelmingly, by a 45-4 count. The ordinance giving Emanuel widespread contracting authority for the summits also skated through, 41-5.