Passage of the ordinance came after a long series of meetings of the council's police and fire committee, headed by BurkeWhen the full council met, pressure had to be applied:
As Friday's council session began,[Mayor] Byrne feared the vote was too close to call.There was extensive backroom debate to determine if the matter should be brought up. But, Byrne allies,primarily Alderman Fred Roti(1st), Edward Burke(14th)and Wilson Frost(34th), moved through the council chambers, persuading wavering aldermen to back the mayor's proposals.Chicago got it's gun handgun ban. The ordinance allows police officers and Aldermen to own handguns but virtually no one else. That fact that Alderman Roti was a high ranking made member of the Chicago Mob and could own a handgun, but the rest of the population couldn't shows the twisted mindset of Chicago politicians. Today, in 2009, Alderman Burke has armed body guards paid for by the Chicago taxpayers.
Still,Some of Byrne's staunchest allies,including Alderman Robert Shaw(9th) and Richard Mell(33rd),deserted ranks and voted against the ordinance.Streets and Sanitation Commissioner John Donovan made a last-minute deal with at least three aldermen who threatened to walk out of the meeting to avoid voting for the proposal.Donovan promised to improve city services in their wards.