May 23, 2024 - News

Johnson still quiet on calls to remove CTA chief

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A CTA bus. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Mayor Brandon Johnson continued to avoid answering questions about firing CTA chief Dorval Carter on Wednesday, despite City Council introducing a resolution calling for Carter's removal the same day.

Why it matters: The rare move of pressuring a mayor to fire a member of his cabinet represents a growing boldness among alders who also voted this week to compel the mayor to consult them before removing public safety funding.

What happened: Ald. Andre Vasquez (40th) filed the resolution to remove Carter with support from 28 other alders, but, in a parliamentary maneuver, Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) sent it to the rules committee.

Between the lines: The move is widely considered a way to delay legislation because it requires a two-thirds majority to advance it out of the rules committee.

What they're saying: When asked to respond to the resolution, Johnson recited a list recent CTA accomplishments and noted, he doesn't "comment on personnel matters."

The other side: Vasquez said he was undaunted by the maneuver to delay the resolution and that he was confident it would eventually advance to a full council vote.

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