ENTERED OFFICE: 1975, winning open seat

PREVIOUS LIFE: Spring factory owner

ALL IN THE FAMILY: Former governor Rod Blagojevich, son-in-law; state rep Deb Mell, daughter

NICKNAME AS WARD BECOMES INCREASINGLY HISPANIC: Old Gringo

KEY ROLE: Chairs council’s rules committee, which will oversee ward remapping

WHAT HE’LL GET IN RETURN FOR HELPING PROTECT INCUMBENTS: Whatever he wants

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