For those who still follow the exploits of former 46th Ward alderman (and current lobbyist) Helen Shiller, here's the latest on her quest to become the City Council's independent financial analyst. The Sun-Times isn't enthusiastic about the rumors, going as far as saying that "the fix is in" to select Shiller because she is familiar to some members of the council, specifically Carrie Austin, who is lobbying for her to get the job.
The Sun-Times has a persuasive editorial on why Shiller is a bad choice for the job:
"If it turns out that Shiller is the best candidate, so be it. But let’s be blunt: There is no way possible, if the search is honest and thorough, that Shiller is the best the Council can do.
It is unwise to hire a former alderman for the job, no matter how qualified, because the point is to bring in a seasoned analyst to City Council, someone with an outside, independent perspective. [...]
A well-qualified financial analyst is there to help aldermen, to analyze their revenue ideas, to poke holes in the mayor’s proposals. The goal is to arm aldermen with information, not to tell them how to vote.
For this important job, find the best person."The entire editorial is here.
Update: Ms. Shiller has responded with a rebuttal that's longer than the editorial. Read it here.