Anthony Beale

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Anthony Beale

b. October 22, 1967

Chicago, 9th Ward Alderman (1999-)
Chicago, 9th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2000-)

9th Ward Map - City Ward Map

Born and raised in the 9th Ward's Roseland community, Beale rose to prominence with the support of Rev. James Meeks, pastor of the mega-church, Salem Baptist and a one-time state senator. Beale has burnished a solid reputation of supporting first Mayor Richard M. Daley’s policies, and then Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s policies.

While he's solidly in the Mayor's camp now, Beale was originally a kind of "reform" candidate, as he defeated Herbert Shaw for alderman in 1999. Herbert's father Robert Shaw, along with Herbert's uncle, former State Senator William Shaw, once ruled the far South Side from the 9th Ward. But after Beale beat Robert in 1999, Rev. James Meeks mounted a successful campaign to remove William from his legislative seat.

While his ward’s politics are often raucous, Beale has yet to deal with a significant challenge, handily winning five re-elections in the general, each time with significant help from either Meeks or neighboring Ald. Carrie Austin (34). During the 2015 campaign season, a pair of tough challengers quickly evaporated after President Barack Obama held a massive rally in his ward to announce the creation of a Pullman Historic District.

Since his 2015 reelection, Beale has put his shoulder into growth for his economically beat-up ward. Since 2015 Whole Foods has built a distribution center in the ward, new stores have arrived on the 111th Street corridor and the new Pullman Historic District has attracted a raft of new development.

Current City Council Committees:

  • Committee on Budget and Government Operations
  • Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
  • Committee on Education and Child Development
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Public Safety
  • Committee on Transportation and Public Way, Chair
  • Committee on Workforce Development and Audit

Important Political Events

  • 1999, Elected 9th Ward Alderman, defeating and replacing Herbert Shaw in runoff
  • 2000, Elected 9th Ward Democratic Committeeman, defeating and replacing Robert Shaw