So you think you can be a Chicago alderman?
In this March 9, 2012 file photo, then-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,and his wife, Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, ask each other for their support and votes as they arrive at a polling station for early voting in Chicago. Alderman Sandi Jackson on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 announced she is resigning from the Chicago City Council. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, City Hall began accepting applications from those who hope to succeed former 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson on the City Council.
The application, due by 5 p.m. Friday, is rather brief, fairly straightforward and -- aside from requiring three letters of recommendation -- arguably less involved than, say, an application for an entry-level retail position at a Best Buy store.
After the Sun-Times reported that Jackson, who abruptly resigned from the council earlier this month, had told supporters that her successor would, ultimately, be of her choosing and that City Hall was opening up the application process to "calm people down," Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday assured that the process to replace Jackson will be an open one and that a four-member, mayor-appointed commission will help him choose Jackson's successor, whom he hopes to have ready to go by mid-February.
"I am looking for a candidate with a strong record of community engagement and involvement throughout the ward who is ready to work on day one," Emanuel said in a statement Friday. "The process I have devised is a transparent, open process that will allow any eligible resident of the 7th ward to present their qualifications and will ensure the residents of this community get a strong representative on City Council."
According to Glass Door, Best Buy pays sales associates an average of $9.72 her hour. Chicago aldermen pay varies but all are paid at least $104,000 annually.
Sandi Jackson's resignation came after months of speculation related to Jackson missing a number of City Council and committee meetings, including the important vote on Emanuel's 2013 budget proposal.
Source: Black Voices