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New Chicago Aldermen Take Oath

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It’s out with the old and in with the new at Chicago’s City Hall today.

There, at noon, city council members will be sworn in, including several new aldermen.

Chicago Public Radio’s Ben Calhoun reports.

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Nine new aldermen will take the oath of office.

That means nearly a fifth of the council with be freshmen.

The marquee name among the new aldermen is Sandi Jackson, wife of Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.

Jackson’s already created a stir by criticizing the city for not giving her money to start up her office.

Many of the new aldermen got help from labor unions, which wanted more power in the council.

That raises questions about how the newcomers might change city hall.

In particular, it’s not clear whether they’ll erode some of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s influence in the chambers.

The new council will hold its first meeting this Wednesday.

I’m Ben Calhoun, Chicago Public Radio

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