Brendan Reilly, 38, alderman, 42nd Ward

Ties to Daley: Reilly, second from left, a former employee of Speaker Michael Madigan, unsuccessfully butted heads with Daley by opposing the location of the Chicago Children's Museum in Millennium Park. His name is often mentioned in the mix of younger aldermen with mayoral aspirations. Reacting to Daley's announcement, Reilly, who is running for a second term, was noncommittal. “I'm planning on running for re-election, but this news I think requires everyone to take a step back and think about who the best candidate for that office could be,” he said. Heather Charles, Chicago Tribune
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