Aldus. Howard Brookins Jr. announces retirement, joining several others who won’t be returning – NBC Chicago

Aldus. Howard Brookins Jr. announced Wednesday that he will retire from city council after serving nearly 20 years as an alderman for the 21st Ward.

“During the 19 years that I served as alderman for the 21st Ward, I walked in my father’s footsteps and was proud to be a model of servant leadership for our beautiful communities,” Brookins said. in his ad. “I am grateful to have the confidence of my community as we work together to bring more economic opportunity and prosperity to our people. Although my decision means new leadership will come into place.

Brookins, whose Ward includes Auburn-Gresham and Washington Heights, says he wants to “pass the baton to a new generation of leaders who can ensure the movement for racial justice and economic equity is sustained in the new era. Politics”.

The 21st arrondissement alderman says he will complete his job as chairman of the transport and public roads committee before retiring at the end of his term.

Brookins now joins a growing list of city council members who have either announced they will not seek re-election or have been forced out of office by criminal charge in recent years, chasing a high turnover that will reshape the election. municipal elections of 2023.

More recently, Ald. Tom Tunney, who has represented the Lakeview neighborhood for nearly two decades, has announced he will be retiring, although he did not provide a reason behind his decision.

Aldus. Leslie Hairston, who represented the 5e Ward on city council since 1999, announced last month that she would not run again. Hairston, long known for her independence, said after 24 years in power she is ready for a new challenge.

Aldus. Michele Smith left office earlier this year and efforts to name her successor continue.

Aldus. Harry Osterman, James Cappleman and George Cardenas have all announced that they will not be seeking re-election, while Ald. Sophia King, Raymond Lopez and Roderick Sawyer will all be running for mayor this winter.

Meanwhile, the old 11e Ald district. Patrick Daley Thompson was found guilty of lying to federal banking regulators and filing false tax returns. He was replaced by Nicole Lee earlier this year.

Aldus. Carrie Austin, who represents the 34e Ward, was charged with bribery last year and announced she would step down from the city council.

NBC Chicago

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