In an interview with AustinTalks, the politician says he’s not sure he’s out of the running to be the Chicago Coalition for Mayor’s consensus candidate. He and 10 others interviewed with the coalition earlier this month to win support for their campaigns to succeed Mayor Daley.
The Chicago Coalition for Mayor is expected to meet privately later this week to discuss which candidate will win its endorsement. About a dozen black politicians and other community leaders are seeking the coalition’s support in their bid to replace Mayor Richard Daley.
The Chicago Coalition for Mayor says it will announce Tuesday which candidate it plans to back for mayor. Several black candidates seeking to replace retiring Mayor Richard Daley spoke at a forum Saturday held at Bethel AME Church on Chicago’s South Side, while white and Hispanic candidate weren’t allowed to make their pitches.
Party insiders today chose hospital executive and chamber official Lilly Camille to be the next representative in Illinois House District 78. Lilly’s selection caused one of her six competitors to question how open the process was.
Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) says she isn’t upset Mayor Daley didn’t select her as chairman of the Chicago City Council’s Police and Fire Committee, which is one of the more powerful committees of the Chicago City Council. Daley instead tapped Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) to head that committee, but Mitts didn’t come out empty handed. Daley picked her as the new chairwoman of the council’s Landmarks Committee, which Beale is leaving.
Today’s the deadline for applying to be the next representative in Illinois House District 78. Former lawmaker Deborah Graham resigned the seat last month after being appointed alderman in Austin’s 29th Ward.