|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2007)|
|City of Chicago Alderman|
|Preceded by||Barbara Holt|
|Constituency||5th Ward, Chicago|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin, Loyola University of Chicago|
Leslie Hairston is alderman of the 5th ward of the City of Chicago; she was elected in 1999. Hairston is a Hyde Park native. As alderman, she represents the ward in the Chicago City Council along with representatives from the 49 other Chicago wards. She was re-elected in 2003, 2007 & 2011.
Hairston is a Chicago native; she grew up in the Hyde Park and South Shore neighborhoods. She earned her bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, and her law degree from Loyola University School of Law. Before becoming alderman, Hairston was in a private law practice.
Hairston worked in Springfield as an Assistant Attorney General. She also handled litigation for the office of the Illinois Attorney’s Appellate Prosecutor’s Office, where she argued before the Illinois Supreme Court. She is a member of the South Shore Cultural Center Advisory Council, the Jackson Park Advisory Council, and the O’Keeffe Area Council. She was a member of the McFarland Mental Health Center with the Illinois Department of Mental Health and Development Disabilities and a former beat facilitator for CAPS. Hairston is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Hairston was elected in 1999, when she defeated an incumbent in her first race. She sits on five committees: Buildings; Rules and Ethics; Human Relations; Parks and Recreation; and Special Events and Cultural Affairs.
Between January 2008 and July 2009, Hairston hired Chicago political consultant Delmarie Cobb to prepare newsletters and news releases and to publicize ward meetings for the alderman, and paid Cobb thousands of dollars from Hairston's campaign fund, as well as nearly $28,000 from a taxpayer-funded payroll account, available to aldermen with no scrutiny.
Hairston was one of only five Chicago aldermen to oppose the privatization of Chicago parking meters.
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