16th Ward Alderman JoAnn Thompson has died, according to sources.
Thompson had been ill and hospitalized for weeks.
Thompson, 58, has represented the 16th Ward since 2007. She was running for re-election in a hotly contested race due to the remapping of the ward. Ald. Toni Foulkes (15th Ward) was one of her opponents.
Today, is not a day of politics, but a day to remember the dear friend, JoAnn Thompson. Alderman JoAnn Thompson was an exceptional Alderman, member of the Black Caucus and most of all, a fighter for her community.
Howard B. Brookins, Jr., alderman of the 21st Ward and chairman of the Chicago City Council Black Caucus, released a statement: “The entire Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus and City of Chicago remembers the life and legacy of Alderman JoAnn Thompson. Alderman JoAnn Thompson represented the City’s South Side 16th Ward, including Englewood and Gage Park and has served as Alderman since 2007. The family of Ald. Thompson has asked that their privacy be respected at this time of grief.”
The 2015 Aldermanic race is Feb.24.
More details to come.