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.
A Chicago firefighter has defeated an alderman who was appointed to the job a year-and-a-half ago. Nick Sposato leads 36th Ward Ald. John Rice by more than twelve percentage points.Sposato has been a firefighter since the early 1990s.
One of the most effective tools a Chicago mayor has to influence the city council is the ability to appoint aldermen when there is a vacancy. Mayor Richard Daley had the opportunity seven times in the past four years.