Chicago Alderman Announces She Has Coronavirus

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Chicago’s South Side Alderman, Carrie Austin, announced she has coronavirus this past Monday.

According to a letter on the 34th ward’s website, Austin somehow contracted COVID-19. She plans to have a full recovery. Alderman Carrie Austin was appointed to the City Council in 1994 after her husband died.

There have been questions asked to Austin on the current status of her health but none have been answered.

Nonetheless, she is currently the longest-serving Black Alderman that has worked the City Council. There have had a City Council meeting last month but Austin did not attend it.

The FBI raided Austin’s South Side ward office late June. Chicago Tribune has acquired a subpoena stating that federal agents were investigating the construction and sale of a West Pullman home for Austin.

The developer of her home was from her same ward. Alderman Carrie Austin was not charged for wrongdoing.

Austin is 71 years old and has chaired the City Council Budget Committee.

Mayor Lightfoot removed her from that position last year. Lightfoot then created a new Committee on Contracting Oversight and Equity and put Austin in charge of it.

By Tre’vell Hill

Edited by Sheena Roberton


Chicago Tribune: Veteran Chicago alderman announces she has coronavirus

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