When you become alderman, you become a target: The federal government looks at everybody in public service, said Ald. Howard Brookins, Jr.
But despite the fact his chief of staff pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe, Brookins said, “I have not been charged with any wrongdoing.”
Brookins and four of his challengers for alderman in the 21st Ward met with the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, ahead of the Chicago municipal election on Feb. 24.
All four challengers graded Mayor Rahm Emanuel a D or D-, while Brookins gave him a B. They also discussed crime and economic development in the ward and the city’s pension crisis.
The 21st Ward includes Auburn Gresham and West Chatham.
You can hear from the candidates in their own words and read highlights of the discussion, below.
- Howard Brookins Jr.
- Doris Lewis Brooks
- Jeffrey Baker
- Joseph C. Ziegler Jr.
- Marvin McNeil
- Patricia A. Foster
- Ken Lewis