Aldermanic Races

 
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Chicago City Council

What does the city council do?

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THE OFFICE

The City of Chicago is divided into 50 legislative districts, or wards, each of which is represented by their own elected alderman. All 50 aldermen comprise the Chicago City Council, the legislative body of the City of Chicago,  where their responsibilities include β€œthe power to regulate for the protection of the public health, safety, morals and welfare; to license; to tax; and to incur debt.” Bills passed by the City Council become part of the Chicago Municipal Code and do not require the signature of the mayor.

Aldermanic prerogative concerns the power of aldermen to initiate or block city council or even city government actions concerning their own ward. It relies upon informal arrangements amongst aldermen or city officials. Land use and zoning matters, for example, are typically handled by local aldermen.

Aldermen, like all other city-wide elected officials, serve four-year, nonpartisan terms. To get on the ballot, aldermanic candidates must reside in the ward for more than a year and submit nomination papers with the appropriate number of petition signatures: 4% of the votes cast in the last election. This year that number was 473 signatures.

 
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Neighborhood Wards

The greater University of Chicago community is represented in the city council by the fourth, fifth, and twentieth ward aldermen.

See which ward you live in here.

 
 
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4th Ward Results

 
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Sophia King (Incumbent)

Came in first place and won with 66.1% of the vote.

4th Ward Alderman (2016 - present)

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Ebony D. Lucas

Came in second place, losing, with 33.9% of the vote.

Real estate and condominium law attorney (2009 - present)

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5th Ward Candidates

Leslie A. Hairston (Incumbent)

Came in first place with 49.1% of the vote.

5th Ward Alderman (1999 - present)

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William Calloway

Came in second place with 26.5% of the vote.

Community Organizer

Christianaire, Inc. Founder (2015-present)

Campaign Website

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The race is headed to a runoff on April 2nd.

Candidate Gabriel Piemonte did not make the runoff with 24.4% of the vote.

 
 
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20th Ward Candidates

Jeanette B. Taylor

Came in first place with 29.0% of the vote.

More on Jeanette B. Taylor here.

Nicole J. Johnson

Came in second place with 22.1% of the vote.

More on Nicole J. Johnson here.


The following candidates did not make the runoff election: