Friday, September 05, 2014

SOURCES: Tunney May Not Run For Re-election, Denied By Alderman's Staff

Two qualified sources have told CWB that Alderman Tom Tunney may not be running for re-election. The reports have been strongly denied by persons close to Tunney's office.

The alderman has stated unequivocally that he intends to seek re-election in the 2015 cycle.

Almost one year ago, DNAInfo Chicago reported that Tunney had privately listed several Belmont Avenue properties for sale. The plots would be particularly attractive to developers hoping to build up the deep-lotted sites. The alderman's office would need to approve zoning changes to those lots - a conflict of interest that Tunney has publicly said he would avoid.

Tunney had $236,563 in his campaign war chest as of June 30, making him one of the best-funded aldermanic candidates in Chicago.

Tunney arrived in office via the Chicago machine:
In 2002, just months before the 2003 municipal elections, 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen announced that he would retire. Hansen resigned just months before the election so as to allow the mayor to appoint the replacement alderman. Mayor Richard M. Daley, with Hansen's consent, nominated Tunney to replace Hansen in December 2002.

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