02/18/2011 09:47 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

For Candidates, The 15th Ward's Ills Are Daunting

In the eyes of Lisa Thomas, the needs of the 15th Ward are so extensive it is difficult to list them all.

Things have been going downhill," said Ms. Thomas, a mother of four and a 12-year resident of the South Side ward. "We need new homes and better schools. We need rebuilding."

With unemployment stubbornly high and City Hall grappling with annual budget deficits, economic development has been the leading issue in ward races across Chicago.

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