Well that former Alderman was Arenda Troutman and she had been arrested for bribery not long before the municipal elections in 2007. Needless to say she took her chances and ran for re-election and was angry that she lost her seat to Ald. Cochran [VIDEO]. She later plead guilty and was sentenced to four years in federal prison.
On Monday Ald. Cochran debated his opponent in the April 5th run-off election - a rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith - on Chicago Tonight on Monday as they vie for the 20th Ward Aldermanic seat. The 20th is located on the South Side and encompasses the neighborhoods of Washington Park, Englewood, Back of the Yards, and Woodlawn. Basically this ward is close to President Obama's neighborhood of Hyde Park.
The video embedded below are in two parts. Part 1 is what you should've seen on TV that evening. Part 2 is the extended conversation that can only be viewed online. If the embeds don't work links are provided below as well in brackets.
ALSO, in a fit of shameless self promotion, check out The Sixth Ward for coverage of a debate between Ald. Lyle and her opponent Roderick Sawyer as they vie for the 6th Ward Aldermanic seat in a run-off on April 5th. Sawyer is also the son of the late former 6th Ward Alderman and Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer.