I don't see how anyone has his/her "backside in the breeze" as far as this is concerned. Politicians are generally indemnified from personal civil and criminal liability for their official acts, and the idea that the voters will actually vote out Daley and the other entrenched machine politicos is as laughable an idea as any ever constructed.
When it starts costing millions of dollars in taxpayer money to pay judgments, legal fees, and higher insurance premiums, the city will eventually tire of it. If a court issues an injunction that is broken, violators can be jailed, including the mayor of Chicago and it's entire board of aldermen. This last scenario is extremely unlikely but it demonstrates what can happen.