NBC is also reporting the story, but says that the Alderman states (again) it's "premature". Somehow that just doesn't tally up with the Crain's article. Hintz talked with the Alderman about a replacement since Ms. Moore's name was being floated as his replacement. It may be not so idle gossip that is floating her name up, however the response from the Alderman;
"There is no way I would try to impose anyone," he said. "There would be a full process, in which people who were part of my organization would come forward" and be reviewed before any recommended name was sent to Mr. Emanuel.
First of all, let's all remember that Mr. Moore has to be confirmed by the Illinois Senate and then resign his position. Wonder if those confirmation hearings are as entertaining as the US Senate's? In any case, he is in favor of the Clean Power Ordinance and that may not sit well with Downstaters who mine coal. On the other hand, Crain's notes that Quinn annoyed Greens with the selection of a Downstater to a sensitive environmental position. Politics includes horse trading. I wonder if the horse trading has begun.
If Mr. Moore is a) nominated and b) survives the Senate vetting, then there will be an appointment to temporarily fill the position pending a special election. If Ms. Moore is appointed she would still have to run on her own to keep the position. I am personally opposed to nepotism, however she has acquired a positive reputation within the ward. I have met Barbara Moore and she has certainly had a positive impact on the ward. Some wags would prefer her as Alderman over her husband. Whether or not she would in fact be an improvement is subject to speculation and this may turn out to be an academic exercise if Quinn fails to nominate Mr. Moore.