(UPDATE: The new alderman has not been chosen.)
Ald. Billy Ocasio, who resigned his seat to become a top adviser to Gov. Pat Quinn, asked Mayor Daley to appoint Rev. Wilfredo De Jesus, senior pastor of New Life Covenant Ministries, to replace him in the 26th Ward that includes Humboldt Park and Logan Square. Many LGBT activists voice concerns over De Jesus, Laura Washington at the Sun-Times writes:
"De Jesus, an influential evangelical minister with 4,000 church members, has taken stands and uttered words that infuriate many in the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. His megachurch belongs to the Assemblies of God sect, which believes that 'homosexual behavior is a sin because it is contrary to God's created order for the family and human relationships.' De Jesus opposed the proposed Pride Campus, a high school that would cater to GLBT students, telling the Booster newspaper, 'What about that girl who is a virgin, who is being harassed by lesbians and guys to have sex, and yet you're going to build a gay school?' he said. 'It's not fair.' "
Ocasio's chief of staff, Hector Villagrana, will manage the ward office until a replacement is appointed, Chicagoland Public Radio Reports.
Thanks HECTOR for correction!