With less than a week remaining before the 20th Ward aldermanic race heads to what appears to be a dramatic conclusion, the two remaining combatants are pulling no punches in attempts to rally support behind their campaign and make pitches to an otherwise apathetic voter base.
In the Feb. 22 general election, just over 7,400 of the more than 23,000 registered voters in the ward cast ballots.
Former Chicago police officer Ald. Willie B. Cochran and hip hop artist and Grammy Award winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith touted lofty plans for improving the downtrodden ward from a harbinger of crime, underdevelopment and unemployment to a self-sufficient thriving area.
via Ex-cop, award-winning rap star square off in 20th Ward.
Noisy 20th Ward race boils down to turnout for Cochran, Rhymefest
March 23, 2011| By John Byrne, Tribune reporter
Only one of the remaining candidates in Chicago’s 20th Ward holds down a job as a rapper, but both contenders are falling back on a hip-hop adage as the contest enters its final days: Don’t believe the hype.
via Noisy 20th Ward race boils down to turnout for Cochran, Rhymefest – Chicago Tribune.
Rapper says his music will be a tool to reach people
October 21, 2010|By Duaa Eldeib, Tribune reporter
Che “Rhymefest” Smith, a Chicago Grammy Award-winning rapper, announced Thursday that he will run for alderman of the 20th Ward to the sounds of cameras clicking. A lot of cameras.
Smith, 33, is no stranger to the limelight, and as he spoke of the issues facing his community — poverty, disenfranchisement, struggles of small-business owners — he waxed poetic.
“The definition of revolution is love,” he said.
via Rhymefest to run for Chicago alderman – Chicago Tribune.