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Election 2011 Thu Feb 10 2011

Young politicians take on Chicago

The Chicago Tribune follows the endeavors of three young men running for office for Alderman in the municipal elections:

In Chicago, a town that loves its politics almost as much as its sports, these three young aldermanic candidates are going against the contrary belief that young people are uninvolved and don't care. Khaliq Muhammad, Devon Reid and John Kozlar hit the campaign trail in hopes of spreading the word and changing their community.

Muhammad is running as a write-in candidate in the 7th Ward [Muhammad's campaign Facebook page], Reid is running in the 26th Ward [Reid's campaign website], and finally Kozlar is running in the 11th Ward [Kozlar's campaign Facebook page]. Yeah that's right he's running in the home ward of the Daley machine.

I could dismiss these young men as being too young for what they're doing. All the same I admire their willingness to get out there and make a difference. They can be examples for young people around the city although being an Alderman isn't the only way to make a difference. Hopefully this vid will not be the last Chicago or our state will ever see of these young men.

Lloyd / February 11, 2011 9:15 AM

Thomas Patrick Murphey, 34 years old, is running for the 41st Ward Alderman's spot. He's an independent, first time candidate. He won the Trib's endorsement. He has first spot on the ballot. He's the youngest in a field of 11 candidates that include 3 women. One of whom is the long-time Ward Democrat Committeeman(woman). Another is the Republican candidate who worked in the ward office for the retiring alderman. The election is on 02/22/2011.

Kenn Greene / February 24, 2011 9:46 PM

The Chicago Tribune failed in its journalistic mission regarding its coverage of Devon Reid, former aldermanic candidate of the 26th Ward. While Mr. Reid preached about the need for transparency in politics, he opted for opacity when telling his life story. Mr. Reid conveniently forgot to inform the voters about his own criminal background. Exhibit #1: Village of Lincolnwood vs. Devon Reid, Case 10MC2050260, Retail theft, shoplifting. Kohl’s Department Store in Lincolnwood caught Mr. Reid in the act of shoplifting merchandise and the police arrested him on, February 27,2010, just months before deciding to run for Alderman. He stood trial and was convicted of theft and sentenced to perform community service on, March 17, 2010. Devon Reid told us he was young, committed and ready to tackle problems plaguing the 26th Ward. Unfortunately, he was not so ready to take on his own problems. Or at least he failed to admit his past illegal indiscretions. Yet Reid’s campaign mantra denounced Alderman Roberto Maldonado as an old, established, corrupt politician. However, Maldonado does not have a criminal background. He is a college graduate who pursued PhD in psychology before attempting to run for public office. He entered government with his credentials intact, academic career complete, and prior governmental experience. Devon obviously does not believe in education. Devon Reid is a convicted petty thief. The Chicago Tribune let Devon Reid off the hook and shortchanged the public.

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