Chicago zoning board chair Timothy Knudsen to be named to City Council to replace former Ald. Michele Smith: sources

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot will appoint Timothy Knudsen, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals, to be 43rd ward alderman, sources told the Tribune.

If approved by the City Council, which is expected to vote on the appointment this week, Knudsen would replace Ald. Michele Smith. The ward, which includes most of Lincoln Park, has been without a sitting alderman since August, when Smith retired unexpectedly.

Knudsen is a University of Illinois College of Law graduate who worked for law firm Croke Fairchild Morgan & Beres on venture capital and cryptocurrency issues before taking a leave to pursue the position. Knudsen is a longtime Lightfoot supporter and donated to her campaign in 2019.

He could not immediately be reached for comment, and a Lightfoot spokesman did not immediately return a message.

Smith was in her third term and joins more than a dozen council members who have left or aren’t seeking reelection next year. Knudsen, if confirmed, would serve out the remainder of Smith’s term but would have to run for election in February to retain the seat.

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September 19, 2022 at 04:46PM

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