Rep. LaShawn Ford

Rep. LaShawn Ford (8th) released a statement Nov. 6 urging Governor-elect Bruce Rauner to consider West Side leaders for his transition team. 

“The West Side of Chicago is in need of attention, and this administration is off to a bad start if it is not fully recognizing every community,” Ford said. “There are qualified West Side leaders who can offer insight as members of Mr. Rauner’s transition team.”

Rauner added former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar and Bill Daley, former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, as well as Rev. James Meeks of Salem Baptist Church and Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church to his transition team.

No West Side leaders, however, have been selected. 

“I urge Mr. Rauner to appoint a qualified West Side leader to his transition team to begin his leadership in a more inclusive process,” Ford said.


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