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Guide to the 2023 - 2027 Chicago City Council
Meet the new city council, which enters its second century under the 50-ward system with a younger and more diverse bunch moving Chicago government further to the left along with progressive Mayor Brandon Johnson. The new guard includes 16 fresh faces since 2019 and nearly doubles the number of members in their 30s compared to four years ago, driving down the average age in the chamber by almost four years to 47. Latino representation rises to an all-time high of 14 members, matching the number of white alderpersons — a roster that’s down to an all-time low. Trail-blazing Asian American representation doubles to two members, including the city’s first Filipino American to lead a ward, while Black Council membership remains at 20. Nine members identify as LGBTQ+ — yet another record — and 18 women hold seats, tied for the most ever. Members are listed numerically by ward.
List of City Council Members
Daniel La Spata, 42 years old42 years old
Democratic Socialist and former Friends of the Parks employee won slim majority to avoid a runoff for reelection. Wants to put surveillance cameras on CTA buses and other city property to catch -- and ticket -- drivers blocking bike lanes, crosswalks, loading zones.
Brian Hopkins, 61 years old61 years old
Former director of the Illinois Coalition to End Homelessness and ex-chief of staff to Cook County Commissioner John Daley has run unopposed in both reelection campaigns. Staunch opponent of Bally’s casino deal and downtown NASCAR race. Backed Paul Vallas for mayor.
Pat Dowell, 66 years old66 years old
Likely big winner in Council reorganization after pivotal endorsement of Johnson, who chose her to chair powerful Finance Committee. Short-lived Democratic primary campaign for Illinois secretary of state preceded failed bid to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. Former city planner and community activist.
Lamont Robinson, 41 years old41 years old
Insurance agent and three-term state representative is first openly gay Black man in Council history. Backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to replace Sophia King, who gave up seat to run for mayor.
Desmon Yancy, 51 years old51 years old
Senior organizer for the Inner-City Muslim Action Network won runoff to replace retiring Ald. Leslie Hairston. The son of a Chicago police officer, he led groups that spurred the creation of the city’s civilian commission tasked with selecting the next police superintendent.
William Hall, 38 years old38 years old
St. James Community Church pastor and Rainbow PUSH field director won runoff with support from the Chicago Teachers Union, Pritzker, Johnson and former Ald. Roderick Sawyer, who stepped down to run for mayor. Son of a Chicago Public Schools teacher and staffer.
Gregory Mitchell, 54 years old54 years old
Former accountant and financial analyst at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange ran unopposed for a third term. Lightfoot ally who supported her failed effort to sue gang members for their assets. Volunteers as a baseball coach for high schoolers and Little Leaguers.
Michelle Harris, 61 years old61 years old
Protégé of Cook County Board President John Stroger, appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley and easily won next five elections. One of three Council ringleaders of largely failed proposal that would’ve taken committee picks from mayor’s hands. Lightfoot’s floor leader, backed Vallas in runoff.
Anthony Beale, 55 years old55 years old
Second-longest tenured alderperson has pushed for greater Council independence from mayoral influence, but was iced out of leadership in early version of his colleagues’ proposed power grab. Lightfoot critic who backed Vallas. Former computer data analyst and community activist.
Peter Chico, 40 years old40 years old
Chicago police officer won runoff to replace retiring Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza. Previously worked for United Way and in child welfare services. Cousin of former Chicago Board of Education president Gery Chico. Son of a retired steel worker.
Nicole Lee, 48 years old48 years old
First Asian American woman and first Chinese American to serve in Council. Appointed by Lightfoot, forced into runoff that she won handily. Former United Airlines executive with close ties to Daley family. Whitney Young High School, University of Chicago grad backed Vallas.
Julia Ramirez, 32 years old32 years old
Community organizer and CPS social worker who lost a brother to gun violence, her top campaign issue. Won in February against appointed Ald. Anabel Abarca, who only held seat for a few months after George Cardenas moved up to county office. Supported Johnson.
Marty Quinn, 48 years old48 years old
Former staffer and longtime loyalist to indicted ex-Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who shares office space and remains Democratic ward committeeperson. Voted against Lightfoot’s last three budgets and pushes for more police funding, rarely talks on Council floor.
Jeylú Gutiérrez, 35 years old35 years old
Ward’s first Latina leader — and first not named Burke in 70 years, including record 54-year tenure of indicted ex-Ald. Ed Burke, who took his dad’s seat early in the Nixon Administration. Former CPS counselor and district director for Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya.
Raymond Lopez, 44 years old44 years old
Relished role as thorn in Lightfoot’s side, likely to reprise it with Johnson. Launched brief mayoral bid before backing Vallas in runoff. Longtime proponent of Council independence, he still slammed colleagues’ lame-duck power grab. Now a senior member of Council's LGBT Caucus.
Stephanie Coleman, 36 years old36 years old
Progressive Caucus member cruised to reelection with 77.5% of the vote. Elected 16th Ward Democratic committeeperson in 2016. Studied business and nonprofit management. Daughter of former Ald. Shirley Coleman, who lost the seat in 2007, and Pastor David Coleman.
David Moore, 57 years old57 years old
Former corporate accountant led push to rename Lake Shore Drive for Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. Worked for Chicago Housing Authority and Aviation Department. Uncontested for third term after failed Democratic primary bid for Illinois secretary of state. Backed Vallas in runoff.
Derrick Curtis, 54 years old54 years old
Concealed carry class instructor accidentally shot himself in wrist while cleaning neighbor’s gun, months before daughter suffered leg wound during his class. Was Lightfoot ally, but ditched her when she failed to reach out during hospitalizations. Former precinct captain cruised to third term. Backed Vallas.
Matthew O’Shea, 53 years old53 years old
Popular fourth-term incumbent and police ally. Key early Lightfoot supporter who later split. Former aide to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart backed Vallas. Cracked down on (some) drunken tomfoolery at South Side Irish Parade. Longtime Special Olympics Chicago board member is married to CPS teacher.
Jeanette Taylor, 48 years old48 years old
Democratic Socialist fought Lightfoot on Obama Presidential Center community benefits agreement with Woodlawn, settling on deal Taylor called “small step in the right direction.” Early supporter of Johnson, who took part in 2011 hunger strike Taylor led to save Dyett High School.
Ronnie Mosley, 31 years old31 years old
Council’s youngest member was endorsed by the man he replaced, retiring Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., as well as the CTU and Pritzker. Longtime community organizer worked in Ald. Michelle Harris’ office and co-founded consulting firm.
Michael Rodriguez, 44 years old44 years old
Progressive Caucus member pushed Lightfoot to release report on botched smokestack implosion that covered Little Village in dust. Supported Johnson in runoff, reelected with two-thirds of vote. Executive vice chair of county Democratic Party used to be executive officer in medical examiner’s office.
Silvana Tabares, 44 years old44 years old
Former state representative was Madigan loyalist, before falling out. Police supporter who called for abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Appointee of former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, reelected in landslides. Was public radio reporter and community newspaper editor. Backed Vallas.
Monique Scott, 51 years old51 years old
Former Chicago Park District supervisor was appointed by Lightfoot to replace younger brother, who left for private sector and later was appointed to Board of Education. Forced into runoff she won easily. Owned a Lincoln Park women’s clothing boutique. North Lawndale Eagles cheerleading coach.
Byron Sigcho-Lopez, 39 years old39 years old
CTU-backed Democratic Socialist Caucus member previously ran Pilsen Alliance. Vocal Lightfoot critic took part in hunger strike to protest metal shredder General Iron’s move to Southeast Side. Early Johnson backer. Ecuador native founded bilingual adult education program at UIC, where he’s a PhD candidate.
Jessie Fuentes, 32 years old32 years old
Community organizer won three-way race to replace retiring Ald. Roberto Maldonado, becoming ward’s youngest-ever leader and first woman and queer person to hold the seat. Policy and youth advocacy director at Puerto Rican Cultural Center. Former dean at Roberto Clemente Community Academy.
Walter Burnett, 59 years old59 years old
Longest serving alderperson takes Ed Burke’s mantle as Council dean. Helped Lightfoot force through Bally’s casino deal. Fined for West Side two-flat deemed “public nuisance” due to drug activity. Protégé of retired Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. Backed Lightfoot first, then Vallas in runoff.
Jason Ervin, 49 years old49 years old
Black Caucus chair and another lead organizer of largely failed lame-duck Council power grab, still expected to come out winner as chair of powerful Budget Committee. Husband of City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin. CPA supported Lightfoot in February, Johnson in runoff.
Chris Taliaferro, 57 years old57 years old
Former Chicago police sergeant acknowledged voters sent him a message in tight runoff race. Democratic committeeperson and Lightfoot ally who lost primary bid last summer for a Cook County Circuit judge seat. Former Marine sergeant is a practicing attorney.
Ruth Cruz, 39 years old39 years old
Assistant director of admissions at Roosevelt University beat former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez’s daughter to replace retiring Ald. Ariel Reboyras, who held seat for two decades. Community rep on Foreman High School’s local school council. Volunteers in Avondale Restorative Justice Community Court.
Felix Cardona, 48 years old48 years old
Ally of former Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios was reelected with 81% of vote. One of the biggest Council supporters of the Fraternal Order of Police. Backed U.S. Rep. Jesús G. "Chuy" García for mayor before shifting to Vallas in runoff.
Scott Waguespack, 52 years old52 years old
Progressive Caucus member led coveted Finance Committee under Lightfoot, but expected to be scratched from leadership under Johnson after pushing Council’s lame-duck power grab. Voted against abhorred parking meter deal. Unopposed this cycle, rarely challenged since first narrow runoff win in 2007.
Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez, 44 years old44 years old
Democratic Socialist Caucus member and CTU ally was an early Johnson supporter, easily winning reelection, unlike the nail-biter for her first term. Columbia College adviser is going for her master’s in social work at Northeastern Illinois University. Puerto Rican native identifies as queer.
Bill Conway, 45 years old45 years old
Former prosecutor and billionaire’s son handily won new West Loop ward remapped from indicted retiring Ald. Carrie Austin’s old territory farther south. Lost 2020 Dem primary challenge to county State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. Navy veteran remains a reserve intelligence officer and teaches finance at DePaul.
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 34 years old34 years old
Dean of Democratic Socialist Caucus, early Johnson supporter, poised for reward as Zoning Committee chair and mayor’s floor leader. One of first two openly gay Latino alderpersons with Lopez in 15th. Worked for former U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Gilbert Villegas, 52 years old52 years old
Lightfoot’s former floor leader was forced into runoff. Chaired Latino Caucus. Lost Democratic congressional bid last summer. Marine veteran who served in Gulf War. Former chief of staff at Illinois Capital Development Board endorsed García for mayor, stayed out of mayoral runoff.
Emma Mitts, 67 years old67 years old
Former Streets and Sanitation aide now third in Council seniority. Pushed for new West Garfield Park police and fire training academy. Arkansas native landed city’s first Walmart. Initially appointed by Daley, has faced little serious opposition since. Backed Lightfoot first, then Vallas in runoff.
Nicholas Sposato, 64 years old64 years old
Retired firefighter and ex-Progressive Caucus member who has become one of Council’s most conservative voices. Former Lightfoot ally who fought her city worker COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate and her removal of Christopher Columbus statues. Uses wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis. Backed Vallas.
Samantha Nugent, 46 years old46 years old
Pushed ordinance reducing use of single-use plastic utensils, but environmentalists said it didn’t go far enough. Former chief of staff for Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Also worked for British Consulate and health care nonprofit. Vallas backer, reelected with two-thirds of vote.
Andre Vasquez, 43 years old43 years old
A Democratic Socialist who was censured by party’s Chicago chapter after voting for Lightfoot’s 2020 budget proposal. Former battle rapper — stage name Prime, as in Optimus — and AT&T account manager. Supported García for mayor, backed Johnson in runoff. Reelected with 79% of vote.
Anthony Napolitano, 48 years old48 years old
Former Chicago police officer-turned firefighter and a rare Council conservative. Pushed ordinance allowing cops to turn down excessive overtime, as department suffers rash of suicides. Former Lightfoot supporter who opposed her COVID vaccine reporting mandate. Easily reelected twice. Backed Vallas.
Brendan Reilly, 51 years old51 years old
One-time Lightfoot ally who served as Council president pro tempore has blasted mayor’s Bally’s casino and NASCAR deals. Trying to crack down on drag racing street takeovers in downtown ward. Former Madigan staffer has never been opposed for reelection. Backed Vallas.
Timmy Knudsen, 32 years old32 years old
First openly gay leader of affluent ward, won surprisingly close runoff for full term after appointment by Lightfoot. Raised campaign funds for her in 2019. Former corporate attorney chaired the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals and appeared on episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”
Bennett Lawson, 44 years old44 years old
Longtime chief of staff to retiring former Ald. Tom Tunney was unopposed in winning former boss’ seat. Loyola grad was also district director for former state Sen. Carol Ronen. Another new member of LGBT Caucus. Son of a Rockford schoolteacher. Backed Vallas.
James Gardiner, 47 years old47 years old
Former firefighter won runoff for reelection despite scandal-plagued first term that saw an ex-aide charged with trying to sell a machine gun to a federal agent. Apologized to Council for misogynistic texts that also indicated he’d withhold ward services from perceived enemies.
Angela Clay, 32 years old32 years old
CTU-backed community organizer knocked off Pritzker-endorsed opponent in runoff to replace retiring Ald. James Cappleman. Launched a racial justice alliance at age 14. Served as president of affordable housing nonprofit Voice of the People and Brennemann Elementary LSC member. Studied public policy at DePaul.
Matthew Martin, 39 years old39 years old
Civil rights lawyer who worked for former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was uncontested for reelection. Progressive Caucus member and early Johnson supporter who’s pushing to root out far-right extremists in police department. Trained saxophonist studied jazz at Northwestern before earning Harvard law degree.
Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, 53 years old53 years old
First Filipino American Council member won runoff to replace retiring former Ald. Harry Osterman. Co-founder of progressive group Indivisible Illinois was backed by Johnson and others on the left. Identifies as queer. Licensed physical therapist, professional photographer and accomplished tango dancer.
Maria Hadden, 42 years old42 years old
First Black, queer woman to serve in Council was reelected with nearly 74% of vote. Early Johnson backer pushed to make Juneteenth a city holiday. Apologized to firefighter’s union for aide’s “insensitive” Twitter takedown of Gardiner over a spat with his predecessor.
Debra Silverstein, 57 years old57 years old
Former CPA and tax consultant cruised to reelection three times. Supports proposal requiring city workers to shovel snowy sidewalks when homeowners don’t. Democratic committeeperson who backed Vallas. Co-founded Libenu Foundation to find housing for Jewish adults with disabilities.