CHICAGO - As the City of Chicago teeters on bankruptcy and struggles with political corruption, police brutality, and the nation's highest murder rate, powerful Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is focused on outlawing horse-drawn carriage rides.
Citing concerns about safety, animal cruelty, and "sanitation," the long-time Chicago pol proposed Wednesday to outlaw what he personally feels is a Chicago tradition that has "outlived" its usefulness.
Burke, who is known for his bizarre and unscrupulous use of power, is the husband of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke. His crusade against the city's equine institution includes an ordinance that would allow the city to refuse to renew existing licenses, effectively ending the service.
In Chicago, rides are offered in places popular with tourists such as the section of Michigan Avenue known as the Magnificent Mile. They are barred from operating in extreme cold or hot temperatures.