65 apply to fill Chicago’s vacant 7th Ward alderman post

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes to name a new 7th Ward alderman by the next City Council meeting February 13, but he’ll have quite a few names to sift through.

He extended the application deadline until 5 p.m. Monday, and 65 people applied to succeed Sandi Jackson. The original deadline was Friday but Emanuel left it open through Monday because of some glitches with the city website.

City officials say only 53 applicants have been verified to live in the ward; 12 of the applicants don’t live in the ward, and therefore, will not be considered.

The Mayor has appointed a panel of five ward residents to vet candidates and narrow the list down to three or more finalists.

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