Isaac Freilich Jones is Running for Alderperson in the 48th Ward
Isaac Freilich Jones wanted to be clear with me about what happened last December. I am calling him from my parent’s home in Minnesota, which had only just returned to an above-zero temperature on Tuesday, December 27th. While the purpose of my call is to learn more about his candidacy to become the 48th Ward’s next alderperson, he seeks to reassure me. Last December’s storm did not even approach the level of Snowmaggedon.
“I wouldn’t put it up there with the snows I’ve experienced in recent years, but it was bitterly cold… Tough on that score, thankfully the snow did not arrive in the quantities some folks were predicting.” — Isaac Freilich Jones
There are legitimate reasons for Freilich Jones to concern himself about weather events and their communication. In the Windy City, snow has a history of becoming politics. In 1979, a storm of Snowmaggedon’s standard overtook Chicago before an election cycle. Then mayor Michael Bilandic’s government storm response was not well received, and his political opponents — namely Jane Byrne — were able to capitalize.
Born and raised in Rogers Park, Isaac Freilich Jones has seen enough Chicago snow. Today an Assistant Attorney General, by way of Harvard, for the state of Illinois, Freilich Jones has previous experience in the community, having graduated from the University of Chicago, interning with Senator Dick Durban, and serving as the Board of Director’s President for the Howard Area Community Center.
When he learned that Harry Osterman — a former Illinois State Representative and the 48th Ward’s current alderman — was not running for reelection, Isaac knew he would need to make a decision.
“I thought, we really have something to say about how we move the neighborhood forward. I have unmatched experience when it comes to public policy work, experience as a leader of a large organization, and just as importantly, experience…