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Party Poopers: Ald. Banks' "Retirement" Party Canceled

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Aug 12, 2009 7:00PM

There was a bit of controversy earlier this week when a proposed "retirement" party for allegedly outgoing Ald. William J.P. Banks (36th) raised eyebrows regarding the ethical nature of the $200 per ticket price-tag and the alleged "gift" Banks was to receive. But now that party has been canceled. The Trib, who originally broke the news of the party, is on the case:

According to the cancellation letter, obtained today by the Tribune, organizers say the event "was intended to benefit children's charities in the ward." [John] Rice did not mention a charity when the Tribune asked about the event last week, saying the intent was to buy Banks a gift.

Rice also happens to be Banks' driver and his choice to succeed him on the City Council. Daley, however, insisted he has not chosen a replacement for Banks.