WBEZ | Roderick Sawyer http://www.wbez.org/tags/roderick-sawyer Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fewer women on new Chicago City Council http://www.wbez.org/story/fewer-women-new-chicago-city-council-86188 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-31/Lyle-Sawyer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago City Council will soon have fewer women. Fifteen female aldermen will be sworn in a week from now, down from 19 in the recent council.</p><p>Leslie Hairston, alderman of Chicago's 5th Ward, said she doesn't think gender played a role in the recent elections. But Hairston is clearly bothered there will be fewer women on the council.</p><p>"Not happy about that. Not happy about that," she had said recently at City Hall.</p><p>It's a matter of perspective, Hairston said, in a field - politics - where there are still fewer women then men.</p><p>"When the numbers are shrinking rather than increasing, I think that kind of changes the balance of power. But I think the group of women that we have now are strong enough to make some in-roads."</p><p>Meantime, the racial makeup of the council stays roughly the same. An exception to that is the 47th Ward, where Eugene Schulter cedes his council seat to Ameya Pawar, who becomes Chicago's first Asian American alderman.</p></p> Mon, 09 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/fewer-women-new-chicago-city-council-86188 Voters push out some Emanuel-backed aldermen http://www.wbez.org/story/berny-stone/voters-push-out-some-emanuel-backed-aldermen-84801 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-31/Lyle-Sawyer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated with endorsement of Ald. Dixon at 7:47 a.m. </em></p><p>Several incumbent aldermen backed by Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel appear to have lost their seats.</p><p>Emanuel invested more than $280,000 into runoff elections, using a political action committee he called New Chicago Committee.&nbsp; The total includes some $46,000 for South Side Ald. Freddrenna Lyle in her 6th Ward battle against Roderick Sawyer, son of former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer.<br> <br> Lyle is losing, as is John Rice, another Emanuel endorsee. Unlike Lyle, though, Rice hasn't reported receiving any financial support from the mayor-elect. And the results from Tuesday show Rice well behind firefighter Nicholas Sposato in the Northwest Side's 36th Ward.<br> <br> According to an Emanuel spokesperson, the mayor-elect also backed 24th Ward Ald. Sharon Dixon. She was soundly defeated Tuesday by the ward's former alderman, Michael Chandler.</p><p>In all, Emanuel endorsed candidates in ten runoffs; seven appear to have won, including the only challenger he endorsed - Debra Silverstein in the North Side's 50th Ward. With the help of close to $50,000 from Emanuel, she unseated longtime Ald. Bernard Stone.</p><p>(For more on endorsements and money in these contests, check out <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/SUPPORT%20CHART%207AM.pdf">Chicago runoff muscle: Who's backing whom and with how much?</a>)</p></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2011 06:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/berny-stone/voters-push-out-some-emanuel-backed-aldermen-84801 6th Ward candidates Fredderinna Lyle and Roderick Sawyer debate in advance of the runoff election http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-31/6th-ward-candidates-fredderinna-lyle-and-roderick-sawyer-debate-advance- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-31/Lyle-Sawyer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Tuesday, April 5, Chicago will hold a runoff election. Voters in 14 wards will decide who will represent them in City Council. The 6th Ward on Chicago's South Side is one of those wards. It includes the neighborhoods of East Englewood, Chatham, Park Manor, Greater Grand Crossing, West Chesterfield and Roseland. Crime is an issue in some areas —two police officers were killed in the ward last year in separate incidents. The candidates for alderman have a number of things in common, including a history with Chicago politics.<a href="http://electlyle.com/" target="_blank"><br> <br> Alderman Freddrenna Lyle </a>has represented the 6th Ward since 1998. And <a href="http://friendsofrodericktsawyer.org/" target="_blank">Roderick Sawyer</a> is the son of the late Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer. Both candidates joined host Alison Cuddy to discuss their platforms.</p><p><em>Music Button: Tommy T, "Brothers", from the CD The Prester John Sessions, (Easy Star Records)</em></p></p> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 13:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-31/6th-ward-candidates-fredderinna-lyle-and-roderick-sawyer-debate-advance- Some runoffs attract hundreds of early voters, others get forgotten http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-doherty/some-runoffs-attract-hundreds-early-voters-others-get-forgotten-84201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-25/voting booth chicago - Getty Scott Olson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's one week to go for early voting ahead of the April 5th elections. In Chicago, some aldermanic runoff races are getting a lot more attention than others from voters.<br /><br />There are 14 Chicago runoffs, and one of them is getting more than its share of early voting love. According to the Chicago Board of Elections, the 41st Ward on the Northwest Side attracted more than 1,600 early voters through Wednesday. It's a tight race, an open seat where the current alderman, Brian Doherty, is retiring.</p><p>Another aldermanic race getting a lot of attention is the the 6th Ward on the South Side, where Ald. Freddrenna Lyle faces a challenge from the son of former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer. In excess of a thousand early ballots have been cast in that election.</p><p>On the other side of the popularity scale is a nearby ward on the South Side. The 15th has the lowest turnout so far during early voting, with under 150 voters. The incumbent alderman there, Toni Foulkes, faces Raymond Lopez, a 32-year-old Southwest Airlines employee.<br /><br />There are 43 early voting sites scattered across suburban Cook County, which has more than 700 local races going on - ranging from school board members to mayors to fire protection district trustees.</p><p>According to Cook County Clerk David Orr's office, the busiest site so far is an ice rink in north suburban Wilmette, followed by the city hall in south suburban Chicago Heights.</p><p>Early voting continues through next Thursday, Mar. 31.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Turnout for early voting in Chicago, by ward<br /></strong></p><p><style type="text/css"> table.tableizer-table {border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;} .tableizer-table td {padding: 4px; margin: 3px; border: 1px solid #ccc;} .tableizer-table th {background-color: #104E8B; color: #FFF; font-weight: bold;} </style></p><table height="430" align="center" width="122" class="tableizer-table" style=""> <tbody><tr class="tableizer-firstrow"><th>Ward</th><th>Early voters*</th></tr> <tr><td>41</td><td style="text-align: right;">1634</td></tr> <tr><td>6</td><td style="text-align: right;">1077</td></tr> <tr><td>50</td><td style="text-align: right;">842</td></tr> <tr><td>43</td><td style="text-align: right;">772</td></tr> <tr><td>45</td><td style="text-align: right;">705</td></tr> <tr><td>36</td><td style="text-align: right;">659</td></tr> <tr><td>46</td><td style="text-align: right;">624</td></tr> <tr><td>17</td><td style="text-align: right;">476</td></tr> <tr><td>24</td><td style="text-align: right;">440</td></tr> <tr><td>25</td><td style="text-align: right;">371</td></tr> <tr><td>20</td><td style="text-align: right;">320</td></tr> <tr><td>38</td><td style="text-align: right;">302</td></tr> <tr><td>16</td><td style="text-align: right;">196</td></tr> <tr><td>15</td><td style="text-align: right;">148</td></tr> <tr><td><strong>Total</strong></td><td style="text-align: right;"><strong>8566</strong></td></tr></tbody></table> <p style="text-align: right;">* Totals are up to date as of Wednesday.</p><p style="text-align: left;"><em>This story was corrected at 11:51 a.m. on Friday, Mar. 25 to fix a typo.</em></p></p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 18:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-doherty/some-runoffs-attract-hundreds-early-voters-others-get-forgotten-84201 Some aldermanic candidates say they'd happily take Emanuel's leftover cash http://www.wbez.org/story/eugene-sawyer/some-aldermanic-candidates-say-theyd-happily-take-emanuels-leftover-cash <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Rahm on campaign night - Getty John Gress.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some candidates for Chicago alderman headed to runoff races said Thursday they will seek help from the mayor-elect. Rahm Emanuel said he plans to provide political resources and ideas to candidates who will be partners in &quot;reform and change.&quot;</p><p>Emanuel had more than $13 million at his disposal during the campaign. There are &quot;resources&quot; left over, he said, but claimed he does not know the dollar amount.<br /><br />He is likely to get lots of requests for help.<br /><br />Ald. Sharon Dixon of the 24th Ward faces a runoff after getting just 19-percent in a crowded field on Tuesday. She said she will talk to Emanuel &quot;as soon as [she] possibly can.&quot;</p><p>They will talk about issues, Dixon said, as well as money.</p><p>&quot;We will definitely talk about campaign resources. Yes,&quot; she said. &quot;That will be part of the conversation. I am in a runoff.&quot;<br /><br />An endorsement may also help; Emanuel won 60-percent of the vote in Dixon's ward. She faces former Ald. Michael Chandler in the runoff.<br /><br />On the Northwest Side in the 45th Ward, small business owner John Arena is one of the candidates headed to a runoff. The seat is currently held by retiring Ald. Pat Levar.</p><p>Arena said he wants to talk to Emanuel, who got more than half the vote in the ward. But Arena noted he will not accept help if there are strings attached.<br /><br />&quot;If it's expected that...I can't maintain my independence, then no, I wouldn't accept it,&quot; Arena said.</p><p>Arena's opponent, police officer John Garrido, said he's hopeful Emanuel stays out of the race. But Garrido said if Emanuel chooses to endorse a candidate in the ward, he hopes it's him.</p><p>In the South Side's 6th Ward, Emanuel won 59-percent of the vote. The challenger there, Roderick Sawyer,said his campaign could use Emanuel's money if the mayor-elect chooses to work with him.</p><p>&quot;But we don't want to put all of our eggs in one basket and say that's the end-all and be-all of this campaign,&quot; said Sawyer, who is a lawyer and the son of a former mayor, Eugene Sawyer. &quot;That's just one step. You know, there's other money out there.&quot;</p><p>Sawyer is up against incumbent Ald. Freddrenna Lyle. Lyle endorsed former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun in the mayor's race, but said she's talked to Emanuel a few times about issues.<br /><br />Asked if she'd accept campaign money from the mayor-elect, Lyle said she is &quot;not ruling out any support unless the devil comes in with a check.&quot;<br /><br />And Lyle said she does not think Emanuel is the devil.</p><p>Fourteen city council runoff elections will be held on April 5th.</p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 23:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/eugene-sawyer/some-aldermanic-candidates-say-theyd-happily-take-emanuels-leftover-cash South Side Aldermanic Races http://www.wbez.org/story/3rd-ward/south-side-aldermanic-races <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/4704712869_eaf3ca8414_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated At: 11:35&nbsp; </em>Among the Election Day highlights on the city's South Side: Ald. Freddrenna Lyle will face challenger Roderick Sawyer in an April runoff in Chicago's 6th Ward, while&nbsp;Grammy-award winning rapper Che &quot;Rhymefest&quot; Smith has made it into a runoff race for a Chicago City Council seat. With all precincts reporting, the rapper had 20 percent of the vote, trailing incumbent Alderman Willie Cochran, who had 46 percent.&nbsp; There will also be runoffs in the 15th and 16th wards.</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 2</strong></p><p>55 of 56 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Bob Fioretti, (i) 7,836 - 55 percent</p><p>Genita Robinson, 4,442 - 31 percent</p><p>Enrique Perez, 640 - 4 percent</p><p>Melissa Callahan, 634 - 4 percent</p><p>Federico Sciammarella, 616 - 4 percent</p><p>James Bosco, 157 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 3</strong></p><p>47 of 50 precincts - 94 percent</p><p>Pat Dowell, (i) 5,758 - 68 percent</p><p>Ebony Tillman, 2,756 - 32 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 4</strong></p><p>46 of 52 precincts - 88 percent</p><p>Will Burns, 7,456 - 65 percent</p><p>Lori Yokoyama, 1,104 - 10 percent</p><p>Norman Bolden, 1,077 - 9 percent</p><p>Brian Scott, 803 - 7 percent</p><p>George Rumsey, 576 - 5 percent</p><p>Adam Miguest, 348 - 3 percent</p><p>James Williams, 161 - 1 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 5</strong></p><p>55 of 55 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Leslie Hairston, (i) 7,217 - 62 percent</p><p>Anne Marie Miles, 2,489 - 21 percent</p><p>Glenn Ross, 826 - 7 percent</p><p>Carol Hightower Chalmers, 701 - 6 percent</p><p>Michele Tankersley, 451 - 4 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 6</strong></p><p>63 of 64 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Freddrenna Lyle, (i) 6,573 - 45 percent</p><p>Roderick Sawyer, 3,689 - 25 percent</p><p>Richard Wooten, 2,893 - 20 percent</p><p>Cassandra Goodrum-Burton, 940 - 6 percent</p><p>Sekum Walker, 337 - 2 percent</p><p>Brian Sleet, 303 - 2 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 7</strong></p><p>61 of 61 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Sandi Jackson, (i) 6,506 - 53 percent</p><p>Darcel Beavers, 3,223 - 26 percent</p><p>Gregory Mitchell, 1,542 - 13 percent</p><p>Lionell Martin, 467 - 4 percent</p><p>Deborah Washington, 334 - 3 percent</p><p>Sidney Brooks, 179 - 1 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 8</strong></p><p>66 of 70 precincts - 94 percent</p><p>Michelle Harris, (i) 9,789 - 68 percent</p><p>Faheem Shabazz, 2,082 - 15 percent</p><p>James Daniels, 1,752 - 12 percent</p><p>Bertha Starks, 682 - 5 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 9</strong></p><p>52 of 53 precincts - 98 percent</p><p>Anthony Beale, (i) 6,201 - 58 percent</p><p>Harold Ward, 1,946 - 18 percent</p><p>Sandra Walters, 1,751 - 16 percent</p><p>Eddie Reed, 780 - 7 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 10</strong></p><p>48 of 48 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>John Pope, (i) 6,298 - 59 percent</p><p>Richard Martinez, 3,801 - 36 percent</p><p>Joseph Nasella, 421 - 4 percent</p><p>Jose Leon, 110 - 1 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 11</strong></p><p>50 of 50 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>James Balcer, (i) 6,712 - 61 percent</p><p>John Kozlar, 2,449 - 22 percent</p><p>Carl Segvich, 1,787 - 16 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 12</strong></p><p>24 of 24 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>George Cardenas, (i) 2,680 - 55 percent</p><p>Jose Guereca, 911 - 19 percent</p><p>Jesse Iniguez, 796 - 16 percent</p><p>Alberto Bocanegra, 321 - 7 percent</p><p>Maria Ortiz, 137 - 3 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 15</strong></p><p>52 of 52 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Toni Foulkes, (i) 3,088 - 44 percent</p><p>Raymond Lopez, 1,042 - 15 percent</p><p>Harold Bailey, 765 - 11 percent</p><p>Sammy Pack, 730 - 10 percent</p><p>Felicia Simmons-Stovall, 573 - 8 percent</p><p>Syron Smith, 415 - 6 percent</p><p>Sandra Mallory, 368 - 5 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 16</strong></p><p>44 of 44 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>JoAnn Thompson, (i) 2,626 - 43 percent</p><p>Hal Baskin, 1,367 - 23 percent</p><p>Eric Hermosillo, 957 - 16 percent</p><p>Javier Diaz, 269 - 4 percent</p><p>Eddie Johnson, 211 - 3 percent</p><p>Tameka Gavin, 204 - 3 percent</p><p>Ronald Mitchell, 196 - 3 percent</p><p>Jonathan Stamps, 128 - 2 percent</p><p>Jeffrey Lewis, 93 - 2 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 17</strong></p><p>57 of 64 precincts - 89 percent</p><p>Latasha Thomas, (i) 4,380 - 49 percent</p><p>David Moore, 1,696 - 19 percent</p><p>Antoine Members, 1,002 - 11 percent</p><p>Ronald Carter, 518 - 6 percent</p><p>Michael Daniels, 442 - 5 percent</p><p>Twaundella Taylor, 349 - 4 percent</p><p>Paulette Coleman, 273 - 3 percent</p><p>Virgil Means, 219 - 2 percent</p><p><br /><strong>Alderman Ward 18</strong></p><p>62 of 62 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Lona Lane, (i) 7,774 - 51 percent</p><p>Chuks Onyezia, 2,450 - 16 percent</p><p>Joseph Ziegler, 2,255 - 15 percent</p><p>Michael Davis, 2,163 - 14 percent</p><p>Manny Roman, 711 - 5 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 19</strong></p><p>63 of 63 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Matthew O'Shea, 14,426 - 61 percent</p><p>Anne Schaible, 6,526 - 28 percent</p><p>Phillip Sherlock, 1,315 - 6 percent</p><p>George Newell, 725 - 3 percent</p><p>Ray Coronado, 592 - 3 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 20</strong></p><p>50 of 50 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Willie Cochran, (i) 3,403 - 46 percent</p><p>Che Smith, 1,469 - 20 percent</p><p>George Davis, 1,201 - 16 percent</p><p>Andre Smith, 1,079 - 15 percent</p><p>Sid Shelton, 241 - 3 percent</p><p><strong><br />Alderman Ward 21</strong></p><p>70 of 74 precincts - 95 percent</p><p>Howard Brookins, (i) 8,004 - 56 percent</p><p>Sheldon Sherman, 2,797 - 19 percent</p><p>Patricia Foster, 1,706 - 12 percent</p><p>Sylvia Jones, 1,537 - 11 percent</p><p>Jerome Maddox, 309 - 2 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 23</strong></p><p>54 of 54 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Michael Zalewski, (i) 8,581 - 53 percent</p><p>Anna Goral, 5,511 - 34 percent</p><p>Chuck Maida, 2,231 - 14 percent</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Alderman Ward 34</strong></p><p>61 of 61 precincts - 100 percent</p><p>Carrie Austin, (i) 9,170 - 65 percent</p><p>Henry Moses, 2,123 - 15 percent</p><p>Shirley White, 1,533 - 11 percent</p><p>Burl McQueen, 659 - 5 percent</p><p>Michael Mayden, 618 - 4 percent</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Updated At: 9:35 p.m.&nbsp; </em>Grammy-winning hip-hopper Che &ldquo;Rhymefest&rdquo; Smith appears to have forced a runoff in the 20th Ward. Incumbent Ald. Willie Cochran has a substantial lead, but he has so far drawn less than 50 percent of the vote. Here's the latest look at numbers from South Side aldermanic races:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Updated At 8:30 p.m.&nbsp;&nbsp;</em>A runoff appears likely in Chicago's 6th Ward. Here are the numbers in that race, with 91 percent of precincts reporting:</p><p>Here's a look at some of the races WBEZ is focusing on:</p><p><strong>3rd Ward</strong><br />Ald. Pat Dowell was elected in 2007, replacing longtime Ald. Dorothy Tillman. Tillman&rsquo;s daughter Ebony tried is trying to best Dowell. Many in the ward saw the contest between Dowell and the younger Tillman as a revenge race. In 2007 Dowell, who is a former urban planner, had the support of many young professionals in the ward who are eager for development in the historic Bronzeville neighborhood. But the economy plummeted during Dowell&rsquo;s term and development stalled. In this election season, she landed endorsements from The Service Employees International Union, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and For A Better Chicago PAC. Ebony Tillman did not return phone calls from WBEZ about her candidacy. Her website said she wants to bring big box retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target, etc. to the ward.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>4th Ward</strong><br />The 4th Ward includes the neighborhood of Hyde Park&ndash; a progressive, politically independent part of the city. The ward had been led by Toni Preckwinkle, who relinquished her seat after winning the presidency of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.&nbsp; Illinois State Rep. Will Burns was the likely heir apparent to Preckwinkle&rsquo;s former seat, and he scored her endorsement early in the race. The SEIU, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and For A Better Chicago PAC also endorsed Burns. Burns has an extensive public policy background that resonated with residents in the ward. He campaigned on bringing more retail shopping options to the area.<br />&nbsp;<br /><strong>6th Ward</strong><br />Roderick Sawyer ran against incumbent Freddrenna Lyle. Sawyer is the son of the late Eugene Sawyer, former 6th Ward alderman and mayor of Chicago. Sawyer argued the ward was neglected with blight. He benefitted from deep community connections and name recognition. The SEIU-backed Lyle struck a chord with seniors. The 6th ward covers Chatham and Park Manor &ndash; black middle-class neighborhoods that tend to be politically mobilized. Chatham has seen an uptick in crime, which has made residents nervous.</p><p><strong>7th Ward</strong><br />The race for 7th Ward alderman featured two women with deep political ties.&nbsp;Ald. Sandi Jackson is the wife of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., whose father is the Rev. Jesse Jackson. She took this South Side ward four years ago by beating Darcel Beavers, who was appointed to finish the term of her father, William Beavers. He left the office in 2006, after serving as alderman for 23 years.</p><p>Sandi Jackson ran on a platform of economic revitalization. Specifics included development of a large retail and housing complex on the site of the former USX steel plant.</p><p><strong>10th Ward</strong></p><p>The 10th ward comprises portions of several Southeast Side neighborhoods: South Chicago, South Deering, the East Side and Hegewisch. The area was once an industrial powerhouse but as manufacturers left, the ward&rsquo;s struggled with crime, unemployment and the question of how to make use of large tracts of former factory space.</p><p>The two front runners differed in how they approached economic development.&nbsp;The incumbent, John Pope, ran on a platform that included attracting clean industrial jobs. Richard Martinez campaigned on moving the ward away from reliance on heavy industry.</p><p>Two other candidates, Joseph NaSella and Jose Leon, made little impact during the aldermanic contest.</p><p><strong>19th Ward</strong></p><p>The aldermanic race in this Southwest side ward began when Ald. Ginger Rugai, announced she would retire.&nbsp;The five candidates that vied for her seat included Rugai&rsquo;s longtime aid and ward committeeman Matt O&rsquo;Shea.&nbsp;His opponents included Ray Coronado, George Newell, Anne Schaible, Phil Sherlock and Diane Phillips.&nbsp;O&rsquo;Shea and Schaible dominated the race during the campaign.</p><p>The ward includes portions of the Morgan Park and Beverly neighborhoods. Top campaign issues include how best to revitalize retail strips along 95th Street and Western Avenue.</p><p><strong>20th Ward</strong><br />Grammy-winning hip-hopper Che &ldquo;Rhymefest&rdquo; Smith challenged first-term Ald. Willie Cochran. Smith enlisted help from fellow hip-hoppers and intellectuals, including Cornel West. Smith brought energy and youthfulness&nbsp; - and of course, celebrity &ndash; to the race. Cochran is regarded relatively well in the ward for bringing some affordable housing and commercial development. Since the last aldermanic election the ward&rsquo;s taken a hit from foreclosures and stalled economic options.&nbsp; The ward includes the Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods.</p><p><em>Natalie Moore and Michael Puente contributed to this story.</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 21:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/3rd-ward/south-side-aldermanic-races