(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins, one of the City Council’s vocal opponents of the Bally’s casino plan, is considering running for mayor.
Hopkins (2nd) said he is doing some polling to help assess his chances. Represents a big chunk of the downtown and the North Side, Hopkins has emerged as an outspoken critic of Mayor Lightfoot’s selection of a casino in River West.
Hopkins said he’s pending about $50,000 on a poll to help him decide whether to challenge Lightfoot or simply run for 2nd Ward alderman again.
He calls it money well spent, because whatever decision he makes he needs to know how voters feel about the issues. The issue-oriented poll he has commission asks voters about crime and how the city can address it.
So far, 15th Ward Ald. Ray Lopez and philanthropist Willie Wilson are already in the race. And there are reports that former Gov. Pat Quinn also is polling.