Chicago City Council

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Originally a board of trustees, the Chicago City Council was established in 1875, and has over the past century increased and decreased its total number of members, or Aldermen. Ironically, Chicago has a weak mayor form of government, where the Council approves budgets and mayoral appointments. Since the beginning of the 20th Century, however, Chicago mayors have steadily gathered power by consolidating and professionalizing city services under their control, and under state legislation in 1956, initiated the budget, rather than the Council.

Since the 1923 City Council members have been elected in non-partisan elections, set with 50 Wards in 1923, and since 1995, Aldermanic candidates must win a majority vote, or be forced into a run-off election between the top two vote-getters. In 1995 mayoral campaigns were also made non-partisan.

The mayor presides over Council meetings, only votes in a tie council vote and has a veto over Council votes. Mayoral vetoes can be overridden by a two-thirds Council vote.

The Chicago City Clerk tracks committee assignments.

Here is a Chicago ward map.

Current Council Members

1st Ward Joe Moreno
2nd Ward Brian Hopkins
3rd Ward Patricia Dowell
4th Ward Sophia King
5th Ward Leslie Hairston
6th Ward Roderick Sawyer
7th Ward Gregory Mitchell
8th Ward Michelle Harris
9th Ward Anthony Beale
10th Ward Susan Sadlowski-Garza
11th Ward Patrick Thompson
12th Ward George Cardenas
13th Ward Marty Quinn
14th Ward Edward M. Burke
15th Ward Raymond Lopez
16th Ward Toni Foulkes
17th Ward David Moore
18th Ward Derrick Curtis
19th Ward Matthew O'Shea
20th Ward William Cochran
21st Ward Howard Brookins
22nd Ward Ricardo Munoz
23rd Ward Silvana Tabares
24th Ward Michael Scott, Jr.
25th Ward Daniel Solis
26th Ward Roberto Maldonado
27th Ward Walter Burnett
28th Ward Jason Ervin
29th Ward Christopher Taliaferro
30th Ward Ariel Reboyras
31st Ward Milly Santiago
32nd Ward Scott Waguespack
33rd Ward Deb Mell
34th Ward Carrie Austin
35th Ward Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
36th Ward Gilbert Villegas
37th Ward Emma Mitts
38th Ward Nicholas Sposato
39th Ward Marge Laurino - President Pro Tempore
40th Ward Patrick O'Connor
41st Ward Anthony Napolitano
42nd Ward Brendan Reilly - Vice Mayor
43rd Ward Michele Smith
44th Ward Thomas Tunney
45th Ward John Arena
46th Ward James Cappleman
47th Ward Ameya Pawar
48th Ward Harry Osterman
49th Ward Joseph Moore
50th Ward Debra Silverstein