Chicago’s new City Council will have progressives and “machine” factions that could co-exist or devolve into chaos — depending on how well Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot herds cats. At this writing, with three aldermanic outcomes in doubt, at least 36 incumbents will return to the council, joined by 11 newcomers. All signs point to the council’s Progressive Caucus beefing up from its current roster of 11 aldermen to as many as 18. Though an old liberal Democratic guard remains, the council shapes up to be even more left-leaning.

Labels, though, don’t mean as much to voters as readiness to govern — the capacity to take on what matters most in the neighborhoods. And in so many parts of Chicago, what exactly is that? The dearth

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