Chicago, 31st Ward Alderman (2015-)
Milagros Santiago moved to Chicago in 1976 to work as a bilingual clerk for CPS. She later joined the U.S. Army reserves and attended Northeastern Illinois University, where she got a degree in communications. After working in radio and for Spanish print publications, Santiago became an on-camera reporter at Chicago’s Telemundo station and then later at Univision.
Santiago served as Chief of Staff for former Alderman Billy Ocasio (26), worked on Governor Patrick Quinn’s press team and moved to a job as the Central Management Services office as a communications manager for state agencies. She unseated longtime Alderman and Vice Mayor Ray Suarez in a down-to-the-wire race that went to absentee ballot counts.
Santiago is closely allied with State. Sen. Antonio Munoz, a long-time opponent of 31st Ward Democratic Committeeman and Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios. During her 2015 campaign Santiago flirted with the possibility of joining the Progressive Caucus, and actively campaigned with progressive champion and mayor candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, but after her election Santiago declined to join the Progressive Caucus and has been a relatively quiet voice in Council.
While there were some rumblings that Santiago would run for Berrios' Ward Committeeman seat in 2016, she has actively worked to patch relations with him, creating a kind of 31st Ward detente.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Committee on Budget and Government Relations
- Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
- Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
- Committee on Human Relations
- Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation
- Committee Transportation and Public Way
Important Political Events
- 2015, Elected 31st Ward Alderman, defeating Ray Suarez in runoff