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A formal announcement is expected Thursday afternoon. Lee will fill a vacancy left after the resignation of Patrick Daley Thompson, who resigned last month after his conviction on federal tax fraud charges.
Lee was born and raised in Chinatown and has a long history of community engagement.
She currently works for United Airlines as the director of Global Social Impact Optimization.
She also has family connections to the Daley Administration. Her father Gene Lee was a deputy chief of staff for Mayor Daley. He pleaded guilty in 2014 to stealing $92,000 from a pair of Chinatown charities.
“Nicole Lee has spent her life expanding and amplifying 11th ward issues and voices,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Her dedication to empowering communities and building coalitions is evident in her career and in her involvement in a variety of community organizations. She is the right choice to make sure 11th ward residents are fully represented on the Chicago City Council.”
Lee will appear in front of the City Council Committee on Committees and Rules before the full City Council holds a confirmation vote at a special meeting next Monday.
“The 11th Ward is a diverse community of hard-working people who embody the grit, love, and neighborhood pride that make Chicago a great city,” said Lee. “It’s a tremendous honor to receive this appointment to serve my fellow residents of the 11th Ward.”
The 11th Ward covers parts of Bridgeport, Pilsen, and five other neighborhoods
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