Many of you know Toni Preckwinkle as a longtime Chicago politician. Currently, she’s Cook County Board President, a seat she’s held since 2010.
Before that, she served for almost 20 years as alderman of the 4th ward.
But where was she at 25? That’s something you might not know.
She was just a few years out of college (she got both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Chicago) and was working as a history teacher in Englewood.
At the time, she figured she would continue teaching for the rest of her career. Maybe she’d become a principal, but she thought she’d stay in education.
But life took her in a different direction.
President Preckwinkle joined Rick Kogan and WBEZ Producer Lauren Chooljian on the Afternoon Shift recently to talk about how teaching, though not a life-long career, has informed who she is today.