A Republican in the Chicago City Council is a rare breed. For the past twenty years, there's been exactly one. Ald. Brian Doherty is retiring, but in at least two runoff races taking place in April, Republicans are in contention. Technically, the office of alderman is non-partisan.
The head of one of Illinois’ largest unions says that its investment in the Chicago city council races has paid off.The Service Employees International Union in Chicago didn’t endorse anyone for mayor.
A secretive political action committee seeking to be a major player in Chicago aldermanic races has released its endorsements for the Feb. 22 election.For A Better Chicago PAC has raised $865,000 for aldermanic candidates.
Neighborhood issues played a part in aldermanic endorsements by SEIU Illinois State Council in the 2011 Chicago city council races.The service employees union played a big role in the same elections four years ago.
In 2007, the SEIU poured $2 million into aldermanic contests. The union said the effort landed the group nine victories. Now that campaigning for the 2011 municipal elections is underway, the influential SEIU hopes to replicate its status as a key player.
The head of one of Illinois’ largest unions says his group wants to be a key player in Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic races. Tom Balanoff is head of the Service Employees International Union in Chicago. He said the SEIU will pour money into the Chicago election cycle.