South Side Ald. Will Burns (4th) is stepping down from the Chicago City Council to work at the room letting website Airbnb.
Burns, who has represented Chicago's 4th Ward since 2011 and chairs the council's education committee, will become Airbnb's director of Midwest policy and a senior adviser starting March 1, a company official said Monday. Burns' resignation was confirmed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration.
"I want to congratulate Will Burns on this new chapter in his life, but we will certainly miss him as a City Council member," reads a statement from the mayor. "He has spent the last five years advocating for better public schools, attracting new business and improving economy in the 4th Ward."
Burns' replacement will be picked by the mayor within 60 days of the alderman's resignation. Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) is leading the commission responsible for reviewing applications submitted for the 4th Ward seat.
Burns was elected to a second term last year. He and some activist groups have tangled over education issues, including the future of Dyett High School.