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RedEye checks in with the leaders of the Twitter pack

  • 6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer
6th Ward Ald. Roderick Sawyer (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune…)
January 09, 2012|By Kalyn Belsha, For RedEye

Twenty-nine of Chicago's 50 aldermen have Twitter accounts. RedEye got the skinny from four of the more prolific tweeters in our fair city's legislative body.

Ald. Joe Moreno (1st)

Handle: @Alderman_Moreno

Tweets: More than 2,900

Followers: More than 2,000

Joined: April 9, 2010

Tweets on average: 4.6 times per day

Weapon of choice: iPhone

Quotable: "It's not a toy, it's a tool. But you need to use it effectively. Face-to-face will never be replaced." —Ald. Moreno

Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd)

Handle: @FiorettiChicago

Tweets: More than 5,400

Followers: More than 1,900

Joined: Sept. 27, 2010

Tweets on average: 12 times per day

Weapon of choice: BlackBerry

Quotable: "It's not time-consuming at all. It's immediate and direct and people respond right away. I find a lot of the people in my ward use it and it's a good way to stay in touch with them. It's a good way of just being accessible and reachable." —Ald. Fioretti

Ald. Jason Ervin (28th)

Handle: @AldermanErvin

Tweets: More than 370

Followers: 920

Joined: Jan. 24, 2011

Tweets on average: Once per day

Weapon of choice: Android

Quotable: "The community is very diverse. It's definitely part of the strategy to reach out to as many people as possible." —TyJuan Cratic, a spokesman for Ervin who helps with the alderman's Twitter account

Ald Roderick Sawyer (6th)

Handle: @6thWardChicago

Tweets: More than 430

Followers: 320

Joined: April 8, 2011

Tweets on average: 1.6 times per day

Weapon of choice: BlackBerry

Quotable: "Our goal has definitely been to be more interactive. We wanted to broaden the community's ability to contact the office, which means more than traditional office hours—it's meeting the people where they are." —Brian Sleet, Sawyer's chief of staff

KALYN BELSHA IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.

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