The web site will be up Friday and the panel will feature four members with “community representation,” Emanuel said. The panel, to be named next week, will “go through, interview people,” said the mayor, speaking at a Tribune-sponsored “Chicago Forward” event at the
The next alderman for the South Side ward must have a record of "community involvement and engagement," the mayor stated in a news release. Emanuel hopes to pick the replacement by mid-February.
In 2007, Sandi Jackson defeated Darcel Beavers, daughter of former alderman and current Cook County Commissioner William Beavers, who now is under federal indictment for alleged misuse of his campaign fund. The mayor is leery of appointing anyone linked to either the Jacksons or the Beaverses, sources have told the Tribune.
Emanuel was asked how much input a retiring alderman should have into selecting a successor, given perennial chatter about longtime Ald.
"They should have a say as much as — my view is to make sure the community is heard," responded the mayor, who added he hopes the format for picking Jackson's successor becomes the template for replacing aldermen.
About 550 people watched the 50-minute interview conducted by Bruce Dold, the Tribune editorial page editor, at an event co-sponsored by corporate advertiser ComEd. Proceeds from the $20-a-ticket forum went to the
Emanuel largely hewed to his talking points while discussing topics such as the city's pension crisis, the bloodshed on Chicago streets and the importance of a longer school day for Chicago public schools students.
Asked what his greatest failure has been as mayor, Emanuel said he should have had “a different type of conversation” with the