Brendan Reilly

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Brenda Reilly

b. December 26, 1971

Chicago, 42nd Ward Alderman (2007-)
Chicago, 42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman (2012-)

42nd Ward Map - City Ward Map

in 2007 Reilly ran against and defeated long-time 42nd Ward Alderman Burton Natarus, benefiting from a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment in that year's elections and the support of a large union-backed operation targeting perceived anti-labor candidates. This, coupled with anti-development discontent in the ward and a strong shoe-leather operation, led to Reilly's surprise win against the 30+ year incumbent Natarus. Since his election in 2007, Reilly has won headlines for his opposition to Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Children Museum’s plan to build in Grant Park. Reilly also provided the logistical support for attorney John Corrigan’s successful 2008 campaign to become 42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman. Corrigan later stepped down from the post, allowing Reilly to run for it unopposed in 2012.

A one-time aide to state Democratic Party chairman and House Speaker (then-Minority Leader) Michael Madigan, Reilly was also briefly the Democratic Party of Illinois' communications director. In spite of his connections Speaker Madigan, Reilly does not personally identify himself as a traditional “organization” candidate. He held joint events with progressive Chicago Democrats such as State Rep. John Fritchey and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.Reilly has put his political campaign background to good use, by lending muscle to help elect State Rep. John Fritchey, State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2), as well as numerous other state legislators and county officials.Reilly is a prodigious fundraiser, putting him among Council's top fundraisers. His large campaign bank account places him in constant speculation for higher office.

Immediately prior to campaigning for the 42nd Ward seat, Reilly was a vice president for AT&T.

Current Chicago City Council Committees:

  • Chicago City Council, Vice Mayor
  • Committee on Budget and Government Relations
  • Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics
  • Committee on Finance
  • Committee on Transportation and Public Way
  • Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
  • Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards


  • 1994, Hobart College, B.A.

Important Political Events

  • 1995, Joins staff of then-House Minority Leader Michael Madigan
  • 2002, Operative for Paul Vallas’ campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nominee
  • 2007, Elected 42nd Ward Alderman defeating Burton Natarus
  • 2012, Elected 42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman unopposed, replacing John Corrigan