Thirteen Chicago City Council members are leaving, and a councilman says more are yet to follow


CHICAGO (CBS) – Labor Day is known as the unofficial campaign season kickoff – but on this particular Labor Day, another Chicago City Council member announces that his season is over.

Aldus. Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th) has said she will not run again.

“It has been my greatest honor to serve my constituents, friends and neighbors in the South East. I am proud and humbled by the responsibility and trust that has been entrusted to me to create positive and lasting social change within our communities. “, Garza wrote in a Facebook post.

Garza, whose ward includes Hegewisch, South Deering and East Side wards, has represented the 10th ward since 2015, when she beat four-term incumbent John Pope. The area was once the famous Ald estate. Ed Vrdolyak.

As CBS 2 political investigator Dana Kozlov reported, Garza’s announcement is the latest entry on a growing list of aldermen who call him willingly.

His announcement makes a dozen aldermen bakers who will leave their functions or have already done so since May.

Aldus. Tom Tunney (44th), Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), Ald. Harry Osterman (48th), Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and charged Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) also plans to retire at the end of her term next year.

Aldus. Michele Smith resigned last month and Lightfoot is still evaluating candidates to replace her. Former Ald. Michael Scott (24th) resigned in June, and has already been replaced by his sister, Monique. Former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson (11th) resigned in February after being convicted of federal tax charges and was replaced by Nicole Lee.

Aldus. George Cardenas (12th) will likely be out before the end of the year if, as expected, he is elected to serve on the Cook County Review Board.

Three other councilors are giving up their council seats to launch bids to challenge Lightfoot next year, including Ald. Sophia King (4th), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) and Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th).

Kozlov also learned that the list is not complete. This will represent the highest revenue for the city council in almost 80 years.

In total, nearly a third of the current city council leaves in the state.

“Amazingly, I wasn’t surprised,” Ald said. Nick Sposato (38th) said of Garza’s announcement. “I just had a hunch that she wouldn’t run anymore – I have nothing to base myself on.”

Sposato said if you look at those who have left or are leaving, most are older veterans of the town hall. He thinks that age and length of sentence are important factors.

“It’s a very, very demanding job. People don’t realize the demands of this job,” Sposato said, “and someone who does it well like Sue — you know, it’s a 70’s job, 80 hours per week. work.”

The change means a transfer of power within the Council, which could signal changes for voters.

“The new aldermen who are elected – whoever they are – will be aldermen for the first term. They will not be appointed committee chairs, for the most part,” said the political science professor and former alderman of the University from Illinois to Chicago. Dick Simpson. “So it will be a major leadership change.”

Sposato thinks the exodus is not over. He says Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) is also worried.

“Reboyras announced on Thursday,” Sposato said.

Reboyras was unavailable for comment Monday night.

Sposato expects others to follow.

“I still think there might be three or four more people who decide not to show up again,” he said.

Could Sposato himself be among the exoduses?

“I still think about it,” he said. “I’m just going to see where my health takes me and take one more month to decide that – and decide if I just want to go through the rigors and the drudgery of this job – this very demanding job.”

Four other current city council members ran for other elected positions in 2022, but were defeated in the primary elections in June, meaning they will remain in their place on city council for now: Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) and Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) both ran for seats as Cook County


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