The game of aldermanic musical chairs set off by the 2012 ward remap appears to be winding to a finish, at least on the South Side, with Toni Foulkes (15th) deciding she will challenge her neighbor JoAnn Thompson (16th) for re-election next year.
Foulkes has told colleagues she will give up her 15th Ward seat, which was redrawn to give it a 68 percent Hispanic majority, to try to unseat Thompson in a ward that is now the home of many of her former constituents, sources tell me.
I couldn’t get Foulkes to the phone to discuss her decision. Thompson said she was disappointed but not surprised.
Both women would be seeking their third term on the City Council.
With Foulkes deciding on the 16th Ward race, that would leave only two other aldermen displaced by the map who have yet to announce where they will try to land—Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) and Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd).