Fourty-two wannabe aldermen applied through Friday to replace former 7th Ward Ald. Sandi Jackson on Chicago's City Council.
And though 5 p.m. Friday was originally the final deadline for interested individuals to apply for the post, the city has extended that deadline to 5 p.m. Monday due to some "technical difficulties" the city's application website reportedly experienced Friday, leading to a temporary crash, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The applicants' names have not yet been made public, DNAinfo Chicago reports.
Jackson, the wife of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., resigned abruptly from the council earlier this month and, shortly thereafter, told a group of her supporters that her successor would, ultimately, be of her choosing and that City Hall was opening up the application process to "calm people down." Nevertheless, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has emphasized that the process of choosing the City Council's new representative of the South Shore-area ward will be an open and transparent one.
Emanuel hopes to have Jackson's successor ready to go by mid-February. A four-member mayor-appointed commission of community leaders will help him choose Jackson's successor and, according to NBC Chicago, more details about that review committee will be out "soon."
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