Ald. Beale helped trim cab reforms after campaign fund-raiser

February 7, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

An influential alderman was accused Monday of working behind the scenes to soften the blow of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s taxicab industry overhaul five days after principals of an industry trade group hosted a fund-raiser for the alderman.

The Jan. 12 fund-raiser for Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, was hosted by a lobbyist for and principals of the Chicago Taxicab Operators Association.

The fund-raiser was disclosed in the February issue of the Chicago Dispatcher, an industry trade publication, under the headline, “How Much is that Alderman in the Window?”