CITY HALL — Natashia Holmes was seated in the Chicago City Council Wednesday, replacing Sandi Jackson Wednesday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's nomination of Holmes breezed through the Rules Committee and was confirmed by a unanimous 46-0 vote.
Many aldermen praised her qualifications and her background with the Illinois Department of Transportation. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) cited Emanuel's involvement, saying, "I think he found the best candidate."
Emanuel said it set a new standard for mayoral appointments, in that he sought community involvement in the decision and that it didn't just come from "downtown."
Rules Committee Chairman Richard Mell (33rd) praised her humor and said she'd need it.
Jackson resigned the seat last month, citing family issues with her husband, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
The former congressman is under federal investigation in Washington. The Sun-Times reported earlier this month that Sandi Jackson is also the subject of a separate federal probe.