Chicago City Council
The Chicago City Council is the legislative branch of the government of the City of Chicago in Illinois. It consists of 50 aldermen elected from 50 wards to serve four-year terms. The Chicago City Council is gaveled into session regularly (usually monthly) to consider ordinances, orders, and resolutions whose subject matter includes traffic code changes, utilities, taxes, and many other issues. The presiding officer of the Chicago City Council is the Mayor of Chicago. The secretary is the City Clerk of Chicago. Both positions are popularly elected offices.
The Chicago City Council Chambers are located in Chicago City Hall. Also located in the building are the downtown offices of the individual aldermen and staff. Fewer than half of the Council's 28 committees met more than six times in 1986. The budget for Council committees was $5.3M in 1986.
Although the body and elections to it are non-partisan, all of the aldermen are members of the Democratic Party.
Chicago City Council Chambers has long been the center of public corruption in Chicago. The first conviction of Chicago aldermen and Cook County Commissioners for accepting bribes to rig a crooked contract occurred in 1869. Between 1972 and 1999, 26 current or former Chicago aldermen were convicted for official corruption. Between 1973 and 2012, 31 aldermen were convicted of corruption. Approximately 100 aldermen served in that period, which is a conviction rate of about one-third.
Fourteen of the Chicago’s City Council's 19 committees routinely violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act over a four-month period, the last four months of 2007, by not keeping adequate written records of their meetings. Chicago City Council committees violated the Illinois Open Meetings Act and their own rules by meeting and taking actions without a quorum at least four times over the same four-month span.
The Journal of the Proceedings of the City Council of the City of Chicago is the official publication of the acts of the City Council. The Municipal Code of Chicago is the codification of Chicago's local ordinances of a general and permanent nature. Between May 18, 2011 and August, 2012, the first 100 days of the first term of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 2,845 ordinances and orders were introduced to the Council.
The last election was held in 2011, with new members being sworn in on May 16, 2011.
|1||Proco Joe Moreno||2010*||Democratic|
|8||Michelle A. Harris||2006*||Democratic|
|14||Edward M. Burke||1969||Democratic|
|21||Howard Brookins Jr.||2003||Democratic|
|27||Walter Burnett, Jr.||1995||Democratic|
|29||Deborah L. Graham||2010*||Democratic|
|40||Patrick J. O'Connor||1983||Democratic|
|44||Thomas M. Tunney||2002*||Democratic|
* Year of appointment, not first election
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