Aldermen's absolute veto power over ward projects gets unlikely court challenge

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GlenStar, the luxury developer at odds with 41st Ward alderman Anthony Napolitano over a proposed 299-unit apartment building near the Cumberland Blue Line, has sued the city in an attempt to secure the necessary zoning changes to proceed with construction. But buried in their demands that a judge find city officials' actions regarding their proposed building unlawful is a major legal challenge to the age-old practice of "aldermanic prerogative." This tradition, while not articulated anywhere in city code, has historically given aldermen veto power over developments in their ward.…
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