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City Council Regular Meeting Agenda

In accordance with Rule 3 of the City Council Rules of Order and Procedure, the following is the agenda and order of business for regular City Council meetings:

  1. Call to order by the Mayor.

    The Mayor, or in his or her absence the President Pro Tempore, calls the City Council to order to begin the meeting.

  2. Call of the roll.

    The City Clerk calls the roll of members’ present beginning with the first ward.

  3. Determination of Quorum.

    If a quorum is present the Council may proceed. A quorum consists of the majority of the members of the City Council, including the Mayor. If no quorum is present, the City Council shall, by majority vote of the members present, move to recess or adjourn.

  4. Pledge of Allegiance.

    The Pledge of Allegiance is recited by the members of the City Council and assembled guests.

  5. Invocation.

    An invocation is given.

  6. Reports and Communications from the Mayor.

    Reports and communications from the Mayor and City departments are announced into the record by the City Clerk and sent to the appropriate committee unless there is 2/3 vote to Suspend the City Council’s Rules of Order and Procedure and consider them immediately. The Mayor or Presiding Officer may also present resolutions or proclamations.

  7. Communications from the City Clerk.

    The City Clerk apprises the City Council of communications from various departments and agencies that were filed in his or her office from the time of the previous meeting. The City Clerk also notes the publication of the previous City Council Journal and other documents required or requested to be published. Matters submitted to the City Clerk by members of the general public or other entities requiring City Council approval are also introduced and referred to the appropriate committee for deliberation.

  8. Reports of Standing Committees.*

    Standing committee chairmen report out to the full City Council the recommendations of the membership on matters under their consideration. Joint committees comprising two or more standing committees also report their recommendations at this time.

    *The committee agendas/reports posted on the Chicago City Council Calendar list the items that may be called for a vote at the City Council meeting and are considered to be part of the City Council meeting agenda.

  9. Reports of Special Committees.

    Special committee chairmen present their reports. Special committees are created by resolution adopted by 2/3 affirmative vote of the aldermen entitled by law to be elected.

  10. Agreed Calendar.

    Non-controversial resolutions honoring or paying tribute to individuals or organizations or ceremonial in nature are considered under the Agreed Calendar and on recommendation of the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, they are voted upon as a group by the full City Council. The Agreed Calendar is also commonly referred to as the Consent Calendar.

  11. Presentation of petitions, communication, resolutions, orders and ordinances introduced by Aldermen.

    The City Clerk will "Call the Wards" and read into the record new legislative proposals (ordinances, orders, petitions, resolutions or other original matters) introduced by aldermen on a variety of topics including but not limited to Municipal Code amendments, traffic regulations, zoning matters, licensing requirements, etc. The order of presentation alternates each meeting beginning with the 1St Ward on one meeting then the 50th Ward on the next succeeding meeting and so forth.

    Under City Council Rules, all legislative matters introduced are automatically referred to a City Council Committee without debate unless there is a 2/3 vote of the members (34 votes are required) to suspend the rules to allow immediate consideration of the matter in question.

    Matters may be referred to a Joint Committee for consideration, however if two or more committees are called the subject matter is referred, without debate, to the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics.

  12. Correction and approval of the Journal of the Proceedings of the last preceding meeting or meetings.

    Correction to the Journal of Proceedings are presented and referred to the Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics for review. The Chairman of the Committee on Finance will also recommend that the full City Council approve of the Journal(s) of the last preceding regular meeting, as corrected, as well as any special meetings which occurred from the time of the last City Council meeting.

  13. Unfinished Business.

    Aldermen may request that the City Council call up for consideration previously deferred items Notification of intentions to consider such matter(s) must be given to all aldermen and must clearly identify the item intended to be called up for a vote.

  14. Miscellaneous Business.

    At this point in the meeting any alderman may motion to discharge a committee from further consideration of a matter which has been pending in committee for more then 60 days. The motion to discharge requires a majority vote of all aldermen (26 votes are required).

  15. Ordinance setting the next regular meeting.

    An ordinance is presented setting the date and time of the next regular meeting of the City Council. If no meeting date is set, then in accordance with the Municipal Code, the regular meeting shall be held at 10:00 a.m. of every second and forth Wednesday of each calendar month.

  16. Roll call on omnibus.

    An omnibus vote is a single roll call vote taken and applied to all items not voted upon separately or for which another vote was not employed during the course of the meeting.

  17. Adjournment.

    If no further business is to be considered and the meeting is concluded, then a motion is made to adjourn.

City Council Special Meeting Agenda

Under Illinois State Statutes (65 ILCS 5/3.1-40-25) the Mayor or any three aldermen may call a special meeting of the City Council. The call for a special meeting must be filed with the City Clerk at least 48 hours prior to the time the meeting is to convene. The call must also specify the purpose or purposes for the meeting and the business conducted shall be to only those matters.

  1. Call to order by the Mayor.

    The Mayor, or in his or her absence the President Pro Tempore, calls the City Council to order to begin the meeting.

  2. Call of the roll.

    The City Clerk calls the roll of members’ present beginning with the first ward.

  3. Determination of Quorum.

    If a quorum is present the Council may proceed. A quorum consists of the majority of the members of the City Council, including the Mayor. If no quorum is present, the City Council shall, by majority vote of the members present, move to recess or adjourn.

  4. Pledge of Allegiance.

    The Pledge of Allegiance is recited by the members of the City Council and assembled guests.

  5. Invocation.

    An invocation is given.

  6. Call for Special Meeting.

    The City Clerk reads the call for the special meeting.

  7. Presentation and Consideration of Item(s) Contained in the Call for a Special Meeting.

    The specific item or items referred to in the call for the special meeting are presented.

  8. Adjournment.

    A motion is made to adjourn.

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Rules of Order and Procedure

Of The City Council,
City Of Chicago,

For Years 2011–2015.

Presiding Officer Of The Council; Mayor;
President Pro Tempore.

View Rule 1

Convening Of The Council;
Temporary Chairman.

View Rule 2

Quorum; Order Of Business;
Questions Relating To
Priority Of Business.

View Rule 3

Duties And Privileges Of
The Presiding Officer.

View Rule 4

Duties Of Members.
View Rules 5, 6, and 7

Visitors; Lobbying During
Meeting Prohibited.

View Rule 8

Presentation Of New Business;
Call Of The Wards.

View Rule 9

Debate.
View Rule 10

Call Of Members To Order.
View Rule 11

Appeals From Decisions
Of The Chair.

View Rule 12

Question Of Personal Privilege.
View Rule 13

Voting.
View Rule 14

Seconding Of Motions Not Required;
Written Motions.

View Rule 15

Withdrawal Of Motions
View Rule 16

Division Of Questions.
View Rule 17

Record Of Motions.
View Rule 18

Taking And Entering Of Votes;
Explanation Of Votes
Not Permitted.

View Rule 19

Announcement And
Changes Of Votes.

View Rule 20

Precedence Of Motions.
View Rule 21

Motion To Adjourn.
View Rules 22 and 23

Previous Question.
View Rule 24

Motions To Lay On The Table And
To Take From The Table.

View Rules 25 and 26

Postponement; Motion To Defer Or Postpone
Without Any Reference To Time.

View Rule 27

Motion To Refer.
View Rule 28

Motion To Amend.
View Rules 29, 30, and 31

Filling The Blanks.
View Rule 32

Motion To Substitute.
View Rule 33

Reconsideration.
View Rule 34

Standing Committees Created.
View Rule 35

Procedure For Selection Of Members
Of Standing Committees; Chairmen
And Vice-Chairmen; Size And
Composition Of Committees;
Committee Vouchers
And Payrolls.

View Rule 36

Jurisdiction Of Committees.
View Rule 37

Discharge Of Special Committees.
View Rule 38

Calling Of Committee Meetings;
Quorum In Committees And
Subcommittees; Reports
Of “No Quorum”.

View Rule 39

Notice Of Committee Meetings;
Postings, And Requirements
For Written Notice
And Agenda.

View Rule 40

Referring Of New Business
To Committees; Report
To Council When
Committee Fails
To Act.

View Rule 41

Procedure When Two Or More
Committees Are Called.

View Rule 42

Deferring Of Appointments Requiring
Council Approval.

View Rule 43

Reports Of Committees.
View Rule 44

Records Of Proceedings Of
Committees; Roll Call.

View Rule 45

General Provisions Concerning
Ordinances.

View Rule 46

Adoption Of “Robert’s Rules
Of Order Newly Revised”.

View Rule 47

Temporary Suspension Of Rules;
Amendments Of Rules.

View Rule 48

Sergeant-At-Arms.
View Rule 49

Censure Of Members; Expulsion
Of Members.

View Rule 50

Publication Of Aldermanic Voting
And Attendance Record.

View Rule 51

Special Pamphlet For Rules
Of Order And Procedure.

View Rule 52

Floral Displays And Decorations.
View Rule 53

Cellular Telephones And
Electronic Beepers.

View Rule 54

Broadcast of City Council Proceedings.
View Rule 55

Privilege Denied For Certain Ex-Aldermen.
View Rule 56

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