Friday, March 11, 2011

Council’s Black Caucus Chairman Resigns

According to the Chicago News Coop, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), has resigned his position as Chairman of the City Council Black Caucus. Two of our neighboring Aldermen are mentioned to replace Burnett:
Aldermen Latasha Thomas (17th) and Howard Brookins (21st) touted themselves as possible successors Wednesday. Brookins won re-election in last month’s general election. Thomas is fighting to retain her seat in the April 5 runoff election against former 17th Ward Democratic Organization field director David Moore.

“I would love to do that,” Brookins said of leading the City Council’s black caucus. “We need to focus on some issues of key importance to the African American community, namely the paltry number of contracts that African Americans and minorities are getting out of the city.”

Brookins said he also wants the next leader of the black caucus to focus on fundraising for caucus members so they won’t have to rely as heavily on outside groups for campaign contributions.

“It could make key members independent of everybody—the mayor, the unions, special interests, so we can truly work in the interests of the communities we represent.” Brookins said.
Ald. Thomas didn't have a quote in the article but also stated that there should be a focus on city contracts for minority businesses.

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