Certain personality traits will win you friends and influence. But character flaws can topple even the most charismatic of politicians. Failed marriages, sexuality and suspect finances have killed a number of careers.
As new and returning aldermen prepare to take their seats on the council, they could probably use some words of advice. Our next guests are well suited to do just that – familiar as they are with the City Council. Mary Ann Smith has presided over the 48th ward of Chicago for 22 years.
Turnout for Tuesday's runoff election was low. But there were some exciting stories among the outcomes. Four incumbent aldermen appear to have lost. Those seats represent just a portion the turnover in the council. That means a lot of fresh faces at City Hall, assuming the election results hold.
A former longtime Chicago alderman has recaptured his old seat. Michael Chandler won about 60 percent of Tuesday’s 24th Ward runoff vote. He’ll replace Ald. Sharon Denise Dixon, who finished with about 40 percent.
Updated at 10:07 a.m.Four incumbent aldermen appear headed for losses in Chicago’s runoff elections: the 6th Ward’s Freddrenna Lyle, the 24th Ward’s Sharon Denise Dixon, the 36th Ward’s John Rice and the 50th Ward’s Berny Stone.