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|Alderman of the City of Chicago|
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||Robert Shaw|
|Born||October 22, 1967|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Anthony A. Beale (born October 22, 1967) is an American politician and the alderman of the 9th ward of the City of Chicago, Illinois United States. Beale is noted as one of the youngest members to serve as elected official on the City of Chicago's City Council. Beale was elected in 1999, and is currently serving his third term. In 2013, Beale was an unsuccessful candidate in the Democratic primary for the special election to replace Jesse Jackson, Jr. as U.S. Congressman from Illinois' 2nd congressional district.
Education and Aldermanic career
Beale attended Corliss High School, graduating in 1985. Beale later attended Blackburn College. Currently, Beale is presiding Chairman of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure. He is a member of the following City Council Committees:
- Budget & Government Operations
- Rules and Ethics
- Workforce Development & Audit
- Education & Child Development
- Public Safety
During his tenure as Alderman, Beale has focused on job creation and housing for seniors. Beale has helped bring in new businesses that have created over 4,000 new jobs in the Ward. Beale has also brought in more government subsidized senior housing than any previous alderman. In 2008 Beale spent more of his aldermanic expense account than any other alderman on public relations, with more than $16,000 paid to The Publicity Works, a company owned by longtime Democratic political consultant Delmarie Cobb. Beale said the company handles media inquiries and puts together his ward newsletter, among other duties. In February 2012, the Chicago Dispatcher reported that Beale attended a fundraiser in his honor held by members of Chicago's taxicab industry just five days before legislation governing the industry was to be heard, which he and Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced. The Chicago Dispatcher also reported that certain provisions of the legislation changed just prior to the hearing, which were favorable to taxicab operators who threw the fundraiser.
Beale has taken part in various civic organizations, including the Board for Redevelopment of the Roseland area; he served as President of the 100th Street of Prairie Block Club of Roseland; and as Acting Vice President of the United Block Club of Roseland. Additionally, he is an active member of the Rosemoor Community Association, the 5th District Advisory Committee, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), Roseland Redevelopment Ad Hoc Committee and Salem Baptist Church. Beale was a candidate in the 2013 Democratic primary in Illinois' 2nd congressional district to replace resigning convicted U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.. Beale finished third with 11% of the vote behind former Illinois House of Representatives member Robin Kelly (52%) and former U.S. Representative Debbie Halvorson (25%); in Beale's home 9th ward, Kelly (50%) bested Beale (34%).
Beale currently lives in the Roseland neighborhood with his wife, Dana, and their three children. Beale attends and serves as a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Whitney Young High School incident
On August 24, 2009, Beale became the second alderman to concede his daughter was admitted to Whitney Young High School, an elite magnet high school in 2004. The admittance occurred after Beale called principal Joyce Kenner, who admitted to having a personal relationship with Beale.
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