Rhymefest is the freshest face in this 50 ward aldermanic election, and his ability and celebrity as a recording artist and producer has made great head way in his battle for the city council seat in the 20th ward.
There are several other candidates like Andre Smith who also is challenging 20th ward incumbent Willie Cochran, who is attempting to retain his post after only one term. Alderman Cochran defeated former alderman Arenda Troutman, who lost her race after a long embattled struggle with the mayo
r and corruption. Willie seems to be the favored, but Rhymefest is charging ahead with a slew of young hip hop heads rapping his phrase.
Rhymefest has been doing a stand out job of attracting some younger voters in the process and his connection to other local and national artists joining him in his quest for hip hop and political supremacy is worth noting.
Alderman Emma Mitts, born and raised in Arkansas, became active in city government after moving to Chicago. Mitts been a CAPS facilitator, Sunday school instructor, and president of the Community Action Council, an organization that provides services to assist persons in need to live with dignity and become self-sufficient. As alderman, Mitts serves on six committees like Rules, and Ethics; Economic, Capital, and Technology Development; Energy, Environmental Protection, and Public Utilities;
Parks and Recreation; and Police and Fire.
Mitts co-sponsored a proposed amendment (PO2007-7206) to the municipal code of Chicago prohibiting the sale or possession of live chickens in residential districts in Chicago, which was introduced to the Chicago City Council and referred to the City Council's Committee on Health.
Mitts biggest accomplishment since being alderman is the new development of Wal- Mart in her ward, which has helped to revitalize the 37th ward with jobs and services. Alderman Mitts has a daughter and son in public schools, so she believed in the CPS and has worked extremely hard to assure each school in her community meets the needs and demands of all its residents.
Latasha Thomas was appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2000, followed by the residents of the 17th ward electing her consecutively to two full-term by a 4-to-1 margin. Thomas has been a 17th ward resident most of her life, graduating from Kenwood High School, Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Illinois and law degree from DePaul University.
Thomas earned her stripes law clerking for Circuit Court Judge Odas Nicholson, and as staff attorney with CARPLS (a legal aid and referral service organization). Alderman Thomas operated her own private practice. She worked as Associate Director for Department of Children and Youth Services, also serving as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for DCYS.
Thomas worked to change the perception of the Englewood/Auburn Gresham communities among non-residents. She has steadfastly pushed commercial and residential redevelopment in the ward.
"Improving city’s schools and educational opportunities has been a top priority and I've worked to acquire funding which enabled schools to be renovated and spawned a number of campus park facilities throughout the ward. I currently serves as Chairperson of the City Council Education Committee, responsible for addressing those issues relative to educating residents of the community. I also host or sponsor essay contests and serving on several educational committees providing various incentives for both parents and children to aggressively pursue a love of learning and involvement in the educational process", says Thomas.
Alderman Thomas and her husband, Timothy Thomas, Jr. have two children:Victoria, 18; and Timothy III, 15.