PI Original Adam Doster Thursday May 15th, 2008, 12:08pm

Ald. Sandi Jackson: First Year "Fast-Paced"

It's been a whirlwind year for Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th Ward), who defeated Darcell Beavers in a closely-watched election last April. Speaking to WBEZ correspondent Gabriel Spitzer on Eight Forty-Eight this morning, Jackson called her first-year in office "fast-...

It's been a whirlwind year for Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th Ward), who defeated Darcell Beavers in a closely-watched election last April. Speaking to WBEZ correspondent Gabriel Spitzer on Eight Forty-Eight this morning, Jackson called her first-year in office "fast-paced, incredibly exhilarating but humbling at the same time, and a bit overwhelming."

Elected in part because of her professed independence from the current administration, Jackson has become a regular participant in Independent Caucus meetings. The group's collective success has been limited -- Dick Simpson recently reported that all but 13 roll calls this session have been unanimous -- but Jackson says that's to be expected when you're dealing with new legislators. "I think that there is an educational process that has to take place. You've got a new group of aldermen who are very new to politics .... so there's certainly a learning curve that people have to go through."

While her name is being tossed around as a possible congressional replacement should Rep. Bobby Rush step down because of medical reasons, Jackson is intent on city business, including the development of 650 acres of lake front property located at 79th and South Shore Drive. "I want to create an environment," she says, "where our young people will have jobs right here in the community."

You can listen to the interview in its entirety here.

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