ENDORSEMENT: Harry Osterman for 48th Ward alderman

SHARE ENDORSEMENT: Harry Osterman for 48th Ward alderman
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Ald. Harry Osterman never was charged nor disciplined in City Hall hiring scandal but played a key role in putting politics first in employment decisions in Chicago’s Department of Streets and Sanitation, a city official told a federal court monitor, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. | Rich Hein / Sun-Times

Far North Side

Two-term incumbent Harry Osterman, a lifelong resident of Edgewater, is a thoughtful member of the City Council who sees public safety as the city’s biggest challenge. He supports a hybrid school board with some elected members and some appointed by the mayor, so the mayor does not lose — and cannot duck — accountability. He points to 1,100 units of housing being built now in this ward, with affordable housing on-site. He says everything but a property tax is on the table to bring in new revenue to get the city’s budget in order. Osterman, whom we endorse, has earned another four years representing this ward, which includes parts of Edgewater, Andersonville and Uptown. Also running is Navy veteran David Earl Williams III, who ran last year as the Libertarian candidate for lieutenant governor.


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