John Pope

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John Pope

b. March 3, 1968

Chicago, 10th Ward Alderman (1999-2015)
Chicago, 10th Ward Democratic Committeeman (2000-)

For a long time Pope's political strength was through his relationship with Al Sanchez, one of Mayor Richard M. Daley's leading operatives, former Streets and Sanitation Commissioner, a long-time leader of the 10th Ward Democratic Organization and former head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) Southeast. After graduating college, Pope worked in the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management for three years and then moved to the Building Department as Director of Demolition.

With Mayor Rahm Emanuel's election, Pope no longer had a reliable political supporter on the 5th Floor and he was marked as vulnerable for 2015. While Emanuel sent staff and spend tens of thousands of dollars to support Pope's reelection, the Daley era of using city workers to support ward campaigns was long over, and Pope's campaign noticed.

Finally, in a runoff, Pope was unseated by plenty of labor spending and the tenaciousness of Susan Sadlowski-Garza, the daughter of former United Steel Workers organizer Ed Sadlowski, and still a well-respected name in the industrial 10th Ward.

Pope, an experienced city bureaucrat, landed as a Deputy Commissioner in the Water Department after the election.


  • Mount Carmel High School
  • Wabash College, B.A., Economics

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