Jim Houlihan
James Houlihan
Within minutes of Mayor Daley’s announcement that he will not seek re-election, Eric Herman, the communications director for Cook County Assessor James Houlihan, told me that the 67-year-old Democrat is “very interested in being mayor.”

Houlihan told me in an interview in April that he was interested in the job—whether or not Daley ran.

Now the field is wide open—although Houlihan, who is leaving the post he has held since 1997, could find himself competing against his friend Rahm Emanuel, not to mention at least six aldermen who seem to want the job.




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