Wilson Frost, ‘giant’ of Chicago City Council and prominent African-American politician, dies

Former Chicago Ald. Wilson Frost, who served for nearly 20 years on the City Council and was one of the city’s leading African-American politicians of his era, has died, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

Specific details about Frost’s death were not immediately available. Frost was in his early 90s.

“Wilson Frost was a passionate public servant and a powerful voice for those he served,” Emanuel said in a statement. “A giant in the City Council, he rose through the ranks and became chairman of the Finance Committee.”

Frost was born in Cairo, Ill., and his family moved to Chicago when he was a toddler. He went on to attend Wilson Junior College, Fisk University and Chicago Kent College of Law. He earned a law degree in 1958.

He was first…

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