20th Ward Candidates Seek To Sway Voters

CHICAGO (CBS/WBBM) — Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) is trying to show his support is rising as he faces a re-election challenge from a high-profile challenger.

As WBBM Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports from City Hall, the challenger, rap artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith boasted being backed by the other candidates who are trying to unseat Cochran.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780 Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

But Cochran stood Thursday with a crowd of supporters, including representatives of the Service Employees International Union and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce – in other words, both labor and business.

“The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce knows that I have recruited businesses, and I am pro-business,” Cochran said.

If Smith’s music appeals to younger voters, Cochran said his own deeds can too.

“I think the language of engaging youth is jobs,” Cochran said. “I think the language of engaging youth is putting programs in places where they can have their voice heard.”

Cochran has taken Smith to task for his rap lyrics, which have included references to guns and selling drugs. But Smith has countered that this is irrelevant to the problems facing the 20th Ward, according to past reports.

The ward includes parts of the Woodlawn, Washington Park, Grand Crossing, Englewood and Back of the Yards neighborhoods.

  • jaycee

    The people of your ward are tired of a do-nothing alderman time for a change may the best man win

  • KanyeNOT

    Actually, the people of MY Ward are tired of lazy people who complain, but don’t do anything to improve the community. Instead, they want to elect a criminal who has done NOTHING for the community. That criminal freak continues to ride on the coat tails of Kanye West and others. What has he done besides act like a fool, banish a gun, hit his wife and look totally stupid.

    Jaycee: Crimefest or whatever his name, lacks an agenda or platform. Gimme a break! If elected, which I doubt, what’s he going to accomplish? Rap about City Council. Those Alderman will NOT co-sponsor any legislation that fool attempts to pass. He’s ignorant.

    Although the Alderman is “do nothing” at least he has brought economic development and jobs into the community. Auto Zone, Save A Lot, and other businesses.

    Before, posting ignorant comments, find out what’s going on, then, make your decision.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/03/11/early-voting-for-runoff-elections-starts-monday/ Early Voting For Runoff Elections Starts Monday « CBS Chicago

    […] Thompson (I) vs. Hal Baskin –17th Ward: Latasha Thomas (I) vs. David Moore –20th Ward: Willie Cochran (I) vs. Che “Rhymefest” Smith –24th Ward: Sharon Denise Dixon (I) vs. Michael Chandler –25th Ward: Danny Solis (I) […]

  • Tasha

    Alderman Cochran brings nothing but junk jobs into the community. Save a Lot IS NOT a Grocery Store. We don’t have a Jewel because he sexually harassed the female employee from Jewel saying “You know they call me big Willie B.” Any woman who comes into the office from the 20th ward can tell you that all Willie does is flirt and then say that he can’t do anything to solve your problems.

    People are tired of unresponsiveness, inactivity and we want to see our alderman more than when it’s Election Time. Alderman Cochran needs to stop taking credit for other people’s programs and he needs to go into retirement because he IS NOT servicing the 20th Ward and I know that personally….

    Che Smith does have a platform and anyone who wants it can e-mail unify20thward@gmail.com to receive a copy of it.

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