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Emanuel Outlines Process For Jackson's Council Seat

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Emanuel Outlines Process For Jackson's Council Seat

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel explains why he wants public input as to who will replace former Alderman Sandi Jackson in Chicago's 7th Ward.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel says a four-member commission will help him select Sandi Jackson's replacement on the Chicago City Council.

Jackson is the husband of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., who resigned in November citing ongoing treatment for bipolar disorder.

Last week Sandi Jackson also stepped down from office, saying she couldn't adequately represent her South Side ward while dealing with "very painful health matters."

In a statement Friday, Emanuel says the process to replace Sandi Jackson will be open and transparent. Applications will be available online beginning Monday and the deadline to apply is Jan. 25.

"I am looking for a candidate with a strong record of community engagement and involvement throughout the ward who is ready to work on day one," Emanuel said.

He says he wants to have someone in place by mid-February.

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