Those fresh to Chicago politics might know Paul Vallas as the verbose, excitable man wielding a broom at press conferences. Others know him as a bureaucratic fixture in Chicago and Illinois. He was Richard M. Daley’s budget director and CEO of Chicago Public Schools. His tenure naturally overlapped with familiar names – Gery Chico, Ed Burke, and Jeremiah Joyce. Now he says he’s running against Chicago’s pay to play culture. On this episode of The Daily Line’s Aldercast, recorded Feb. 11, we’ll talk about Vallas’ economic development plans, the likelihood of more school closings in Chicago, and how having cops in his family informs his views on police oversight and public safety. Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email