Another Alderman Retiring
Mayor Daley's rubber stamp continues to lose members as Ald. Ginger Rugai (19th) has announced she will not seek reelection for her spot on the City Council. Rugai becomes the fourth female alderman to announce she won't be coming back next year, joining Vi Daley (43rd), Helen Shiller (46th) and Mary Ann Smith (48th); Ald. Toni Preckwinkle (4th) could also be leaving if she wins the race for Cook County Board President in November. Rugai said she wasn't worried about any backlash and is confident she'd win another term but felt it was time to step down: “I’ve served the community now for almost 36 years — 20 of those as alderman. I’ve always known when it’s time to make a change." She's putting her support behind Committeeman Matt O’Shea in the upcoming election to replace her.