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|City of Chicago Alderman|
|Constituency||9th Ward, Chicago
October 22, 1967 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois (Roseland Neighborhood)|
|Alma mater||Corliss High School|
|Website||Citizens to Elect Anthony A. Beale website|
Anthony A Beale (born October 22, 1967) is the alderman of the 9th ward of the City of Chicago, Illinois. Beale is one of the youngest members to serve as elected official on the City of Chicago's City Council. He 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.
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. He 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.
Beale on August 24, 2009 became the second alderman to concede his daughter was admitted (in 2004) to an elite free public college prep high school, Whitney Young High School, after he called principal Joyce Kenner.
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%).
Alderman Beale lives in the Roseland community with his wife, Dana, and their three children. Beale attends Salem Baptist Church.
- Dardick, Hal (2009-08-15). "What's in Chicago aldermanic expense accounts?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2009-12-21.
- Rossi, Rosalind; Spielman, Fran (2009-08-25). "Feds subpoena Chicago Public School principal; Aldermen asked Whitney Young's Kenner to get their kids in". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
- Pearson, Rick; Ruthhar, Bill (2013-02-27). "Kelly easily wins Democratic race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
- Joravsky, Ben (2013-03-01). "Reading the results of the Second District election, aldermanically". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2013-03-01.
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