Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Looks like we'll have a run-off...

Image from ProgressIL
Between Ald. Lyle and her challenger Roderick Sawyer for Alderman of the 6th Ward. All precincts have reported and the results are from the Board of Elections.
    RODERICK T. SAWYER - 3,748 - 24.96 %
    FREDDRENNA M. LYLE - 6,685 - 44.51 %
    BRIAN E. SLEET - 311 - 2.07 %
    SEKUM WALKER - 342 - 2.28 %
    RICHARD A. WOOTEN - 2,986 - 19.88 %
So we'll have a run-off on April 5th. Ald. Lyle prevailed in a runoff 8 years ago against the late Willye White in 2003.

One thing is certain in Chicago today, we will have a new mayor no run-off for that office. Former White House Chief of Staff & former Congressman Rahm Emanuel will be the new Mayor of Chicago.

Let's get back to the 6th for a second. Progress Illinois continued to follow the race for the 6th and they focused more on the race between the incumbent Alderman and Sawyer who also is the son of former 6th Ward Alderman and Mayor the late Eugene Sawyer. A video is posted below then a brief excerpt:

The video was filmed at St. Colombanus Catholic Church located @ 331 E. 71st St. Here's an excerpt:
Residents of the ward that Progress Illinois spoke to said violence and loitering were some of the main problems plaguing the area, motivating them to brave the chilly weather to cast their votes. Both candidates say the issue of crime can be best addressed if a new superintendent of police were installed to replace Jody Weis.

But that may be one of just a few instances in which they agree. The front-runners for the 6th Ward city council seat differ on several issues, according to a candidate questionnaire issued by TheSixthWard blog. When it comes to tax increment finance districts, Lyle is in support of using tax increment financing (TIF) funds for economic development in the area. Meanwhile, Sawyer says the ward has become too reliant on TIFs and would like to impose a moratorium on the creation of new districts if elected alderman. Sawyer is also in support of bringing video gambling to the area, while Lyle is not.
130 people voted at St. Colombanus at about 3 PM on Tuesday when Progress Illinois showed up on the scene.

Did you vote yesterday? What motivated you to vote for any of the candidates for 6th Ward Aldermen?

1 comment:

  1. Freddrenna Lyle has not only served well in our community, she's been present, reachable, and is also a lifelong resident of our (Park Manor). I saw her when there was trouble on my block. She's adamant about plowing and cleaning our streets. I don't agree with her view on bringing gambling to Illinois, but her no-nonsense disposition is what we need to get the less- desirables off of our street corners. She's done it, I believe she can do it some more and again.


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