Aldermen Seek Open Chair In Aviation Committee, Mayor To Make Final Decision

Craig Dellimore
April 12, 2018 - 7:41 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- With veteran Alderman Michael Zalewski deciding not to run for re-election, Mayor Emanuel won’t just appoint the successor to his aldermanic seat, but he’ll also name a new chair for the Council Aviation Committee. He’s getting lots of suggestions.

Members of the City Council's Latino Caucus are urging the Mayor to select the powerful aviation committee chairmanship from among them. Chicago's 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado said Latinos are underrepresented among committee chairs.

"We don't have a lot and obviously this is in the hands of the Mayor to make recommendations, but I feel that we have not been treated fairly over the years and I think that the Mayor should start listening to us as Latino members of the City Council," Maldonado said. "Many members of the Aviation Committee are Latino Aldermen and so, I hope that the Mayor takes into advice our push for this."

The Vice Chairman of the Aviation Committee seems interested in the job, too, though Nicholas Sposato has only been an alderman since 2011 and has some health issues.

Some veterans said 13th Ward Alderman Marty Quinn might have been shoo-in, but he has been caught up in issues surrounding alleged sexual harassment with an ally in Speaker Mike Madigan's political organization.