A reader sent us a recent report from Dick Simpson and the UIC Department of Political Science. It's called "The Independent Caucus: Breaking the Rubber Stamp Mold" and deals with the Chicago City Council and the new "independent votes."
Oddly enough, for someone who's still described as a maverick and the Council's "independent spirit," this is what it says about Ald. Shiller:
Some previous Daley opponents like 46th Ward Alderman Helen Shiller are now voting with Daley 100% of the time on these key votes.
Although not mentioned by name, 48th Ward Alderman Mary Ann Smith has the same perfect record of voting with Daley on key issues over the past year.
Take a look here at the voting records of Uptown's aldermen (click to enlarge):
To see the entire report, click here.