PI Original Aricka Flowers Monday April 4th, 2011, 7:31pm

Lyle Battles Sawyer Legacy In The 6th (VIDEO)

With a crowded field and a challenger who is the son of a former Chicago mayor, 6th Ward Alderman Freddrenna Lyle was forced into a runoff by Roderick T. Sawyer. We spoke with both candidates and discussed the issues pertinent in the 6th Ward and the challenges the new city council will soon face.

With a crowded field and a challenger who is the son of a former Chicago mayor, 6th Ward Alderman Freddrenna Lyle was forced into a runoff by Roderick T. Sawyer. The incumbent garnered 45 percent of the vote, while Sawyer got 25 percent of the ward's vote in February. Lyle has been in office since 1998, but is contending with the political power of the Sawyer name due to Roderick's father's legacy as a former alderman of the ward and mayor of the city of Chicago.

We sat down with both candidates to discuss the burning issues in their ward ranging from the state of 79th Street and other business corridors, crime, tax increment financing districts, and, of course, the parking meter deal. To learn more about what each candidate in the 6th Ward race stands for, check out this full video package we pulled together on the race, which begins with Ald. Lyle describing when she discovered that she might be headed for a runoff last election day:

We'll have more on the 6th Ward tomorrow as we visit polling places in the area on Election Day. Keep checking back for the latest developments in tomorrow's city elections.

(Video Credits: Camera - Matt Adamitus;
Reporting, Video Editing - Aricka Flowers)

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