Margaret Laurino: Long Live the Donkey

Topics: Chicago, Margaret Laurino, City council Pages: 4 (1100 words) Published: October 24, 2012
Long Live The Donkey:

Forty-Six Years Of Laurino Tradition Flows Through The Veins of Ward Thirty-Nine

An alderman since 1995, Margaret Laurino is no new-kid-on-the-block. Alongside hard fought campaigns, this 39th ward representative also has a family history of Chicago politics to go along with her 17 years in office. Her father, also serving ward 39, was known as the "alley alderman", said to have walked the alleys of Chicago to get to better know his people. After a near three decades of service, his resignation in the year 1994 due to poor health brought about the election of his daughter, Margaret. That's a staggering 46 consecutive years of office representation by he Laurino family. Her brother, William Laurino is a former state representative and her husband serves alongside her as a democratic commiteeman of the 39th ward of Chicago.

Although the Laurino family has remained in office for the past 46 years, their decorated run has not gone opposed. In 1995, she fought tooth and nail against Tony Fornelli before winning 61% of the vote. She then again claimed 61% of the ward in 1999, grabbing her second term in near the same fashion as she did the first. Shockingly, her campaign in 2003 for re-election went unopposed, and Laurino served her third term in office until 2007. Not only would she find herself victorious again in the election of 2007, but this time with an outstanding 79% of the ward's support. Mary Hunter found her way to the ballot, challenging Laurino alongside Matthew Robertson (a write-in candidate) in 2011. But both to no avail, for Margagret Laurino will serve as alderman until 2015, where she will then again be up for re-election, hoping to continue to command the 39th ward.

After sixteen years of scandal-less tenure, and the many more to come, the alderman has left a vast amount of accomplishments and reforms in her wake over the 39th ward. As a professional, Alderman Laurino has dedicated her time and efforts to the...
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