Mayor Brandon Johnson Faces Trial by Fire at 1st City Council Meeting...

Chicago City Hall. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)Chicago City Hall. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Mayor Brandon Johnson will leap from the frying pan and into the fire on Wednesday when he presides over his first meeting of the Chicago City Council and faces two key votes.

When Johnson picks up the mayor’s gavel for the first time, he will have been in office for just 10 days — and if he had a brief honeymoon, Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council will signal its end.

Although Johnson had just 41 days to put together his administration and lay the foundation for an ambitious agenda, he spent considerable time negotiating with alderpeople to reach a deal that, if ratified Wednesday, will see the City Council step back from a declaration of independence made five days before Johnson defeated former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas in the April 4 runoff.

Johnson’s plan asks the City Council to create just one new committee for a total of 20 committees and oust several allies of former Mayor Lori Lightfoot from…

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