Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Seventh Ward: Under new leadership

You can see her appearance on Public Affairs here. And then you can read this Defender article, read the whole thing when you get a chance and here's a little excerpt:
A resident of the Seventh Ward for the last 15 years, Ald. Sandi Jackson saw economic development become too stagnant in the ward, and residents’ requests ignored by her predecessors, former Alds. William Beavers and Darcel Beavers.

Enough was enough, she said, and she waged a campaign to give the Southeast Side ward new leadership.

Jackson ousted Darcel Beavers with 57 percent of the vote in the February 2007 aldermanic election. Mayor Richard M. Daley had appointed Beavers to the post after her father, William, won his county commissioner post.

The ward includes the Calumet Heights, Jeffery Manor, South Chicago and South Shore communities, and borders the 5th and 8th Wards.

Jackson said there were many issues in the ward that needed to be taken care of before any other items could be handled. But first she had to lobby to keep the unused funds from the annual $1.2 million aldermanic menu money that neither Beavers exhausted.

“We’ve had streets repaved, light poles painted, steel garbage cans put on the streets and speed bumps put in alleys and around schools. The constituents have been asking for those things for years and couldn’t get them,” Jackson said as she took the Defender for a walk through the ward.

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