ENTERED OFFICE: 1999, winning open seat

PREVIOUS LIFE: Bean counter in mayor’s budget office

M.O.: Approachable guy in historically sleazy ward (see former alderman Ed Vrdolyak) put into office by Daley operatives

CHALLENGE: Do something with shuttered steel mills, garbage dumps, and slag heaps

SOLUTION: It’s complicated, but while it’s being figured out someone is likely to get rich off subsidies from the city. Hello, tax increment financing!

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