Ald. Ed Smith (28th), Chicago’s longest-serving black alderman, has told Mayor Daley he intends to resign, becoming the eighth sitting aldermen not to stand for re-election in a difficult year for incumbents, City Hall sources said Friday.
Smith refused to discuss his impending resignation and brushed past a reporter seeking comment.
Smith is a veteran political warhorse swept into office during the historic 1983 election that made Harold Washington Chicago’s first African-American mayor.
Smith was an institution. Tough job, tough ward; I'll miss him.