Ten Chicago City Council Races to Watch

Chicago Magazine, Janurary 30th: http://www.chicagomag.com/city-life/January-2019/Chicago-Alderman-Races/

The City Council is set for a big turnover in 2019, and its next class will likely be more independent, more Latino, more female, and a whole lot younger than the current one. The Council’s three most senior aldermen — Ed Burke, Pat O’Connor, and Joe Moore, with a combined 114 years in office — are all facing difficult challenges from fresh candidates.....

Along with Burke, Ald. Patrick O’Connor is one of last remaining members of the Vrdolyak 29, which opposed Mayor Harold Washington during Council Wars. In his quest for a 10th term, O’Connor faces four opponents: Dianne Daleiden, Maggie O’Keefe, Ugo Okere, and Andre Vasquez.

During an October debate moderated by author Rick Perlstein, O’Connor accused the Nigerian-born Okere of circulating a fundraising letter that “doesn’t talk about community, it talks about building Nigerian power in Chicago.”

The next day, Perlstein went on social media and condemned O’Connor as “a racist troll.”

 

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