Daley Appoints Reformers
Sorry, we knew we couldn't keep a straight face for long:
Mayor Richard Daley on Monday named a state lawmaker and a businessman with ties to a politically influential Latino group to fill two City Council vacancies, saying they stood out from among 44 applicants he interviewed after posting the jobs online.
To replace former Ald. Isaac Carothers, 29th, who resigned last month after pleading guilty to bribery, Daley picked Democratic state Rep. Deborah Graham, a city worker.
In the 1st Ward, where Manny Flores gave up his seat to lead the Illinois Commerce Commission, Daley named Proco "Joe" Moreno, vice president of a graphic arts and printing company.
Graham, 43, said she will give up her job as coordinator for special events in the city Department of Planning and Development and her legislative post to serve as alderman.
Moreno, 37, lost a contest for the state Senate in 2008. He is a member of the Jose de Diego Academy local school council and the Humboldt Park Social Services board.
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