Chicago, 42nd Ward Alderman (2007-)
The 42nd Ward was carved out of several wards in post-Silver Shovel redistricting. It encompasses the Loop, parts of the West Loop, the UIC area, and the Near North Side, including Streeterville. Official city site and contact information.
Clout and Influence
Brendan Reilly benefitted from a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment in the 2007 municipal elections, and received a bump from the large union-backed operation to target perceived anti-labor candidates. Reilly ran a shoe-leather operation backed by impressive fundraising to unseat 30+ year incumbent Burton 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 move the museum to Grant Park. Reilly took up the cause of abutting residents who spearheaded a city-wide coalition to “save Grant Park” from the potentially illegal development. Reilly provided the logistical support for attorney John Corrigan’s successful campaign to become the 42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman.
Employment and Electoral History
A one-time aide to state Democratic Party chairman and House Speaker (then minority leader) Michael Madigan, Reilly was also the state party’s communications director. However, Reilly was not a traditional “organization” candidate. He has held joint events with progressive Chicago Democrats such as State Rep. John Fritchey and State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. Immediately prior to campaigning for the 42nd Ward seat, Reilly was a Midwest vice president for AT&T.
Current Chicago City Council Committees:
- Budget and Government Operations
- Committees, Rules and Ethics
- [Finance http://www.committeeonfinance.org/]
- Historical Landmark Preservation
- License and Consumer Protection
- Transportation and the Public Way
- 1994, Hobart College, B.A.
Important Political Events
- 1995, Joins staff of then-House Minority Leader Michael Madigan
- 2002, Operative for Paul Vallas’ gubernatorial campaign
- 2007, Elected Alderman, 42nd Ward