A Richard Daley favorite could be leaving his city post by Labor Day.
Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Tom Byrne is preparing to retire from Chicago government, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Byrne, a former Chicago Police officer, was chosen by former Mayor Daley in 2005 to head the Transportation Department in the wake of the Hired Truck scandal. He moved to Streets and Sanitation in 2009, fielding questioning earlier this year about closing Lake Shore Drive during the blizzard.
He was seen standing beside Mayor Rahm Emanuel this week during the mayor's announcement about privatizing recycling.
The Sun-Times points out that Byrne is the first of Daley's posse to leave Emanuel's cabinet.