Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Council’s Black Caucus Elects New Chair - Chicago News Cooperative

Council’s Black Caucus Elects New Chair - Chicago News Cooperative

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) of the neighboring edges out Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) to take the chairmanship of the city's Black Caucus:

The City Council’s black caucus has elected Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) as its new leader. The caucus met after Wednesday’s council meeting and unanimously selected Brookins, said Ald. Walter Burnett (27th), the former chairman of the group who stepped down in March.

Brookins was chosen over Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th), who was reportedly considered the front-runner. Thomas did not immediately return calls for comment.

Brookins said his goals as caucus chairman include increasing the number of black-owned businesses that receive city contracts, preventing a loss of African-American representation on the council as a result of the remapping of the city’s wards, and pushing for a plan to reallocate police resources from low-crime areas to high-crime areas.

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