PI Original Progress Illinois Tuesday March 17th, 2009, 9:19am

Berny Stone: Your Tax Dollars At Rest

During her challenge to Ald. Berny Stone (50th Ward) in 2007, Naisy Dolar liked to say that her opponent had "literally been sleeping on the job for the last 10 years or so."  Her campaign office even featured a photograph of Stone asleep in his chair during a 2003 ...

During her challenge to Ald. Berny Stone (50th Ward) in 2007, Naisy Dolar liked to say that her opponent had "literally been sleeping on the job for the last 10 years or so."  Her campaign office even featured a photograph of Stone asleep in his chair during a 2003 City Council hearing.  

Stone, of course, countered that he hadn't been sleeping in the photo -- rather he was resting his eyes.  But as this photo shows (taken last December by Chicago Public Radio), Stone has also been known to rest his entire upper body on occasion.

As the video below shows, the tradition continued yesterday during a committee hearing on the TIF transparency ordinance, which he happens to have co-sponsored.  Specifically, Stone dozed off during convincing testimony by Daniel O'Neil of EveryBlock, whom you can hear in the background:

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