Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Clout St: Black Aldermen vow to help colleagues in run-off

Will the other Black incumbents on the City Council be a factor in our 6th Ward run-off election April 5th?
Several Chicago African-American aldermen who are safely re-elected today pledged to help to their colleagues who face runoffs.

During a closed-door meeting at City Hall, members of the City Council black caucus said they would provide manpower, money or "whatever else" the six sitting African-American aldermen on the April 5 ballot need to help them win, said Ald. Carrie Austin, 34th. 
Four black aldermen in runoffs attended the morning meeting: Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, 6th, who faces Roderick Sawyer; JoAnn Thompson, 16th, who faces Hal Baskin; Latasha Thomas, 17th, who faces David Moore; and Willie Cochran, 20th, who faces Che "Rhymefest" Smith.

Austin, who was re-elected Feb. 22, said members of the black caucus also will soon offer help to the two other black incumbents in runoffs: Ald. Toni Foulkes, 15th, who faces Raymond Lopez; and Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon, 24th, who faces Michael Chandler.

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