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== Clout and Influence ==
 
== Clout and Influence ==
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Pundits often use the phrase "independent alderman" in the same breath as "Willie Cochran", but Cochran's political pedigree will probably keep him on a tighter leash than independents would like.
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Cochran, after earning a Chicago police pension by putting in his twenty-five, became an organizer for Rev. [[Leon Finney]]'s [[The Woodlawn Organization]] (TWO). Finney's TWO, was founded by the leader of the [[Apostolic Church of God]], Bishop [[Arthur Brazier]] (as well as the notable late-activist [[Saul Alinsky]]). Brazier, a long-time South Side political powerhouse, was one of Mayor [[Richard M. Daley]]'s earliest supporters. Anytime Cochran strays too far, a quick call from Daley to Brazier can persuade Cochran back into the fold.
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Before Cochran's election, the 20th was represented by the colorful and sartorial Arenda Troutman. Troutman, who first became Alderman with Finney and Brazier's support, lost their support for reelection soon after her opposition to a TWO development project and her indictment for taking bribes for zoning changes.[http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=23406] With a felony indictment hanging over her head and TWO's opposition, Troutman lost to Cochran by 2 to 1.
  
 
== Employment and Electoral History ==
 
== Employment and Electoral History ==
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http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/tag/Willie%20Cochran/<br>
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353806,CST-NWS-reztrout23.article<br>
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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=23406<br>
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http://aldertrack.typepad.com/archive2007/20th_ward/index.html

Revision as of 14:24, 13 July 2008

b. September 29, 1957

Chicago, 20th Ward Alderman (2007-)
Chicago, 20th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2008-)

Clout and Influence

Pundits often use the phrase "independent alderman" in the same breath as "Willie Cochran", but Cochran's political pedigree will probably keep him on a tighter leash than independents would like.

Cochran, after earning a Chicago police pension by putting in his twenty-five, became an organizer for Rev. Leon Finney's The Woodlawn Organization (TWO). Finney's TWO, was founded by the leader of the Apostolic Church of God, Bishop Arthur Brazier (as well as the notable late-activist Saul Alinsky). Brazier, a long-time South Side political powerhouse, was one of Mayor Richard M. Daley's earliest supporters. Anytime Cochran strays too far, a quick call from Daley to Brazier can persuade Cochran back into the fold.

Before Cochran's election, the 20th was represented by the colorful and sartorial Arenda Troutman. Troutman, who first became Alderman with Finney and Brazier's support, lost their support for reelection soon after her opposition to a TWO development project and her indictment for taking bribes for zoning changes.[1] With a felony indictment hanging over her head and TWO's opposition, Troutman lost to Cochran by 2 to 1.

Employment and Electoral History

From his official city biography, "Willie retired from the Chicago Police Department in 2003, after 25years of dedicated service as a patrolman, investigator and sergeant. Mr. Cochran served and protected residents of the 20th ward for more than 12 years. After retiring from the police department, Willie went on to demonstrate his commitment to his community by working as a community organizer for the Woodlawn New Communities Program....[H]e has operated a family-owned business for 12 years, Rainbow Brite Laundromat at 860 E. 63rd street."[2]

Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Aviation
- Committees, Rules and Ethics
- License and Consumer Protection
- Parks and Recreation
- Transportation and Public Way

Education

- Eastern Illinois University, B.A.
- Illinois Institute of Technology, M.P.A.

Important Political Events

- 2007, Elected 20th Ward Alderman, defeating Arenda Troutman
- 2008, Elected 20th Ward Democratic Committeeman, uncontested

Sources

http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=4665
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:ZODuF4vwmtUJ:www.ci.chi.il.us/city/webportal/portalContentItemAction.do%3FBV_SessionID%3D%40%40%40%401752790578.1212278869%40%40%40%40%26BV_EngineID%3Dccccadeefejjgmicefecelldffhdfgk.0%26contentOID%3D536964338%26contenTypeName%3DCOC_EDITORIAL%26topChannelName%3DWard%26entityName%3DWard20%26deptMainCategoryOID%3D-536883664%26blockName%3DWard20/Content%26context%3Ddept+alderman+cochran&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&gl=us
http://web.archive.org/web/20070302050045/http://www.citz4cochran2007.com/
http://blogs.chicagoreader.com/politics/tag/Willie%20Cochran/
http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/353806,CST-NWS-reztrout23.article
http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=23406
http://aldertrack.typepad.com/archive2007/20th_ward/index.html