Rhymefest in concert

Rapper Rhymefest could be on Chicago City Council

Che "Rhymefest" Smith believes he is an alternative to the "business-as-usual" with Chicago politicians


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Sophia Tareen
February 19, 2011 2:21AM (UTC)

Alderman Rhymefest?

The Grammy-winning rapper is running an unorthodox campaign for City Council in a year that promises major changes in Chicago politics.

Experts say around 10 aldermen are retiring along with Mayor Richard Daley and a similar number are vulnerable to challengers. That includes the South Side ward where Che "Rhymefest" Smith is challenging Alderman Willie Cochran in Tuesday's election.

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Rhymefest paints himself as an alternative to business as usual, and his street-wise lyrics have given him a youthful following. He's held fundraisers at nightclubs where he performs.

In a field of five candidates, he's picked up support from the powerful Chicago Teachers Union. Political experts say the rapper has a shot at winning his ward, one of the poorest in the city.


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