City Council Approves Three Interim Aldermen

Shirley Newsome, Jason Ervin and Timothy Cullerton welcomed to City Hall

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Thursday, Jan 13, 2011  |  Updated 4:03 PM CDT
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City Council Approves Three Interim Aldermen

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Three new Chicago aldermen took their seats in the chamber Thursday after gaining approval from City Council.

Shirley Newsome, 65, takes over the 4th Ward seat while Jason Ervin, 36, and Timothy Cullerton, 61, will take over the 28th and 38th Ward seats, respectively.

The three replace former aldermen Toni Preckwinkle in the 4th Ward, Ed Smith in the 28th Ward and Tom Allen in the 38th Ward.

Newsome is the board chairman of the North Kenwood-Oakland Conservation Community Council. Ervin is the village manager of Maywood and Cullerton, son of former longtime alderman Thomas Cullerton, has served as the first deputy building commissioner in the Department of Buildings.

All three will hold their appointements until May.  While Ervin and Cullerton plan to run for full aldermanic terms, Newsome does not.

Mayor Richard Daley has emphasized that their interim appointments are not endorsements.

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