Commentary: City Council, let the people speak (for more than 30 minutes)
This OpEd is right on. Chicago City Council should stop acting like citizen input is something to be endured and allow more than 30 minutes for public comment per month. Democracy demands that government let the people speak.
First there was the digital "shot clock," meant to limit people who want to address the Chicago City Council to three minutes each. Enforced in tandem with a 30-minute public comment period, it typically allows 10 citizens to speak their minds at the beginning of a council meeting, right after the invocation.