03/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Patrick O'Connor: Alderman Running For Emanuel House Seat On Education, Pork

He has the longest record in elected office of any candidate in the race to succeed Rahm Emanuel in Congress, and he has a great Chicago ballot name.
Among the four elected officials in the March 2 Democratic primary to replace Emanuel, [Ald. Patrick] O'Connor may come the closest to the archetypical Chicago congressmen of yore who were close allies of the mayor and worked on bringing home "bacon" for the district rather than making a national or global name for themselves.

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