Thomas Tunney

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Thomas Tunney

b. August 22, 1955

Chicago, 44th Ward Alderman (2003-)
Chicago, 44th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2007-)

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A neighborhood business leader, Tom Tunney was drafted by former 44th Ward Alderman Bernard Hansen and Mayor Richard M. Daley to replace Hansen as leader of the youthful and wealthy 44th Ward. Tunney’s appointment by Mayor Richard M. Daley over the non-Daley gay independent Rick Ingram was controversial at the time–although the appointment of the city’s first openly gay alderman was widely hailed as a step forward.

As alderman, Tunney has exhibited strong ties to the business community and as a consistent vote for Mayors Daley and Rahm Emanuel in the City Council. As a politician, Tunney has worked to make few waves and to split the difference whenever he can. Tunney purchased Ann Sather’s Restaurant on Belmont in 1981 from Ann Sather and built the restaurant into a North Side chain before being selected to replace Hansen in 2002. Today, Tunney only owns the original restaurant on Belmont.

Tunney is chair of Council's LGBT Caucus.

Current Chicago City Council Committees:

  • Committee on Budget and Government Operations
  • Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
  • Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Health and Environmental Protection
  • Committee on License and Consumer Protection
  • Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, Chair
  • Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
  • Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards


  • 1973, Brother Rice High School
  • 1977, University of Illinois, B.A.
  • 1979, Cornell University, M.A.

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