Committeemen and Committeewomen (Cook County, Illinois)

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Ward Committeemen and Township Committeemen are political party officials who serve many standard committeemen and committeewomen duties on behalf of their political party in Cook County, Illinois.

In Cook County, the city of Chicago is divided into 50 wards that each have elected committeemen for each party in addition to a single elected alderman.[1][2][3] In addition, each of the 30 townships within Cook County has a committeeman for each party.[1][4][5] The committeemen are elected during the municipal primary elections.[6] The positions are unpaid with responsibilities that include voter registration, community forums, election materials, and election operations.[1] In addition, the committeemen are responsible for producing smooth political processes during the elections in their wards, which includes attempting to produce high voter turnout.[7]

Committeemen are voting members in the political organization of their party in the County.[7] This roles gives them authority on behalf of the party to endorse replacements for some vacated political posts such as United States Congressman and state legislators (vacated United States Senate posts are appointed by the Illinois Governor and vacated Chicago City Council posts are appointed by the Chicago Mayor).[8][9][10]

Operationally, sometimes the committeeman controls the ward, sometimes the alderman controls the committeeman and sometimes the committeeman and the alderman are one and the same.[1] In many cases the committeeman also has influence over the doling out of jobs, favors, and services around the ward. Sometimes a committeeman accumulates sufficient influence to place his loyalists into political positions outside of the ward.[1]

Incumbent Democratic Committeemen[edit]

Ward Committeeman Assumed Position Other Office(s) Held
1 Proco Joe Moreno Member of the Chicago City Council
2 Tim Egan 2016 None
3 Pat Dowell Member of the Chicago City Council
4 Toni Preckwinkle 1992[11] President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
5 Leslie Hairston Member of the Chicago City Council
6 Roderick Sawyer Member of the Chicago City Council
7 Greg Mitchell 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
8 Michelle A. Harris Member of the Chicago City Council
9 Anthony Beale Member of the Chicago City Council
10 Susan Sadlowski Garza 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
11 John Daley 1980[12] Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
12 Tony Munoz Member of the Illinois Senate
13 Michael Madigan 1972[12] Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives
14 Edward Burke 1968[12] Member of the Chicago City Council
15 Raymond Lopez Member of the Chicago City Council
16 Stephanie D. Coleman Member of the Chicago City Council
17 David H. Moore 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
18 Derrick Curtis 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
19 Matthew O'Shea Member of the Chicago City Council
20 Kevin Bailey 2016 None
21 Howard B. Brookins Sr. None
22 Michael D. Rodriguez None
23 Michael R. Zalewski Member of the Chicago City Council
24 Michael Scott Jr. Member of the Chicago City Council
25 Daniel Solis Member of the Chicago City Council
26 Roberto Maldonado Member of the Chicago City Council
27 Walter Burnett, Jr. 2013[13] Member of the Chicago City Council
28 Jason Ervin Member of the Chicago City Council
29 Chris Taliaferro 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
30 Ariel Reboyras Member of the Chicago City Council
31 Joseph Berrios Cook County Assessor
32 Scott Waguespack 2012 Member of the Chicago City Council
33 Aaron Goldstein 2016 None
34 Carrie Austin Member of the Chicago City Council
35 Carlos Ramirez-Rosa 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
36 Luis Arroyo Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
37 Emma Mitts Member of the Chicago City Council
38 Robert F. Martwick, Jr. 2017 Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
39 Robert Murphy 2016 None
40 Patrick J. O'Connor 1984[12] Member of the Chicago City Council
41 Tim Heneghan 2016 None
42 Brendan Reilly Member of the Chicago City Council
43 Lucy Moog 2016 None
44 Thomas M. Tunney Member of the Chicago City Council
45 John Arena Member of the Chicago City Council
46 James Cappleman Member of the Chicago City Council
47 Paul Rosenfeld None
48 Carol Ronen Former Senator
49 Joe Moore 2016 Member of the Chicago City Council
50 Ira Silverstein 2012 Member of the Illinois Senate

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ask Chicagoist: What's a Ward Committeeman?". Chicagoist. Gothamist LLC. February 26, 2007. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Party Officials: Democratic Ward Committeemen". Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Party Officials: Republican Ward Committeemen". Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Party Officials: Democratic Township Committeemen". Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Party Officials: Republican Township Committeemen". Cook County Clerk's Office. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  6. ^ Long, Ray (October 16, 2007). "Why you already may be noticing politicians". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b Satre, Tully (January 30, 2008). "Tom Tunney and a Committeeman's Role". Windy City Times. Windy City Media Group. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  8. ^ Barone, Michael (August 22, 2008). "Obama Needs to Explain His Ties to William Ayers". U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report, L.P. Retrieved November 18, 2008. 
  9. ^ Davey, Monica (November 12, 2008). "Picking Obama Successor Puts Spotlight on Governor". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ Sidoti, Liz (November 13, 2008). "Obama to Resign Senate Seat on Sunday". Time. Time Inc. Archived from the original on November 22, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2008. 
  11. ^ Sweet, Lynn (December 10, 1991). "'92 primary candidates are off to the races". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 4. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
    Sweet, Lynn (December 20, 1991). "Political briefings". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 34. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
    . (March 19, 1992). "Chicago ward committeemen". Chicago Tribune. p. 22. Retrieved December 11, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c d Fremon, David K. (October 22, 1988). Chicago Politics Ward by Ward. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 0-253-31344-9. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  13. ^ "Biography". Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. Retrieved March 26, 2018. Burnett was appointed Committeeman of the 27th Ward Organization by his mentor, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, (and former Committeeman of the 27th Ward) on July 6, 2013. 

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