Patrick Levar

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Patrick Levar

b. January 13, 1951

Chicago, 45th Ward Alderman (1987-2011)
Chicago, 45th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2007-2012)

Patrick J. Levar rose up through the Northwest Side 45th Ward ranks with the patronage of the late and long-time Cook County Democratic Chairman, Thomas Lyons. Once in office, Levar played the traditional Chicago political role: follow the leader, and take care of your patronage. This system placed Levar on government payrolls, elected him alderman and because of his loyalty to the top (starting with Mayor Richard M. Daley), saw him appointed chairmn of the politically lucrative Aviation Committee.

As chair of the City Council Aviation Committee Levar has a say in every major contract and expenditure at Midway and O’Hare airports and has a hand in hiring. Through these connections his brother Michael Levar gained a construction supervisor job at O’Hare and later obtained construction sub-contracts in the O’Hare expansion project.

Quietly, but as no surprise to anyone watching the alderman who always seemed tired in his job, Levar retired in 2011, leaving no clear successor and offering no endorsement. A rough open seat race raged to replace him, ultimately going to John Arena.

Employment And Electoral History

Prior to election to City Council, Levar worked in a series of county jobs, including for the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the Cook County Traffic Court and for the Cook County Sheriff. Levar was elected alderman in 1987, defeating former Jane Byrne bodyguard, Gerald McLaughlin. Levar was appointed 45th Ward Democratic Committeeman when his patron, Thomas Lyons, passed away in 2007.

Education

  • St. Patrick’s High School, 1969
  • Northeastern College, B.A.

Important Political Events

  • 1987, Elected 45th Ward Alderman
  • 2000, Defeated for Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court, losing to Dorothy Brown
  • 2007, Appointed 45th Ward Democratic Committeeman to replace late patron Thomas Lyons, bypassing State Rep. Joseph Lyons (and Tom’s brother).
  • 2011, Retired as 45th Ward Alderman, replaced by John Arena

Sources

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/695934,gov102303.stng
http://www.pulitzer.org/year/2001/explanatory-reporting/works/chicago7.html
http://www.russstewart.com/1-31-07.htm