CHICAGO — The city received a total of 42 applications to replace Sandi Jackson as 7th Ward Alderman after she resigned the seat earlier this month.
The deadline for applications was 5 p.m. Friday. The applicant's names were not released, but a four-person committee will now review those applications, according to Tom Alexander, a spokesman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Alexander said the committee will be made up of representatives from the 7th Ward community who have "perspective on what a successful candidate will look like." He said the mayor's office is hoping to have the process completed by next month's City Council meeting.
Jackson annouced her resignation January 11th. In a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the South Shore alderman said she was resigning to spend more time with her family, including her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who quit shortly after winning re-election in November in the face of health problems and a federal probe into his campaign finances.