Roberto Maldonado

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Roberto Maldonado
City of Chicago Alderman
from the 26th Ward
Assumed office
August 2009 (2009-08)
Preceded by Billy Ocasio
Member of the
Cook County Board of Commissioners
from the 8th District
In office
December 1994 (1994-12) – August 2009 (2009-08)
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Edwin Reyes
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 63–64)
New York, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence Humboldt Park, Chicago, Illinois
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
Profession Mortgage Broker

Roberto Maldonado is the alderman of the 26th Ward of the City of Chicago, Illinois.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Maldonado earned both his undergraduate and his master's degree from the University of Puerto Rico. In Chicago, Maldonado continued his education at Loyola University Chicago where he intended to earn a doctorate of philosophy in clinical psychology.[citation needed]

In 1986 Maldonado briefly was married to the sister of Luis Gutiérrez, United States Representative and former 26th ward alderman.[1][2] Maldonado was an employee of Gutiérrez's 1986 aldermanic campaign and of Gutiérrez's 1987 re-election campaign. Maldonado worked as school psychologist. Maldonado worked as a research analyst to the Mayor’s Commission on Latino Affairs. In 1988 Maldonado was Director of Management Services for the Mayor's Office of Employment Training, the agency's top purchasing official, in charge of the office's $1 million annual purchasing budget. Maldonado doled out hundreds of thousands of dollars in business to companies owned by people in Gutierrez's Puerto Rican political circle, then solicited campaign contributions for Gutierrez from those and other Office of Employment and Training vendors. Maldonado resigned the City post days after the publication of an investigative report by the Chicago Sun-Times.[1][2]

Cook County Commissioner[edit]

Maldonado’s election in 1994 as Cook County Commissioner made him the first Puerto Rican in the nation to serve as a county commissioner.[citation needed]

As a commissioner, Maldonado was Chairperson of the Stroger and Cermak Hospitals, and Law Enforcement and Corrections Committees. Additionally, he served on nine committees: Business and Economic Development, Contract Compliance, Labor, Real Estate, Department of Corrections, Health and Hospitals, Finance, Zoning and Buildings, and Roads and Bridges.[citation needed]

Chicago Alderman[edit]

On July 28, 2009, Maldonado was appointed by Chicago Mayor Daley as the alderman for Chicago's 26th Ward.[3]

Maldonado owns more real estate than any other alderman, with 16 properties (including ten in the 26th Ward), according to financial disclosure statements.[2]

In 2013, Maldonado generated controversy through his efforts to convert Ames Middle School into a Marines academy. The school board ultimately approved the proposal despite significant local opposition.[4]

In 2015, despite majority local support of the Riot Fest music festival, Maldonado vocally opposed allowing the event to continue using Humboldt Park.[5][6] The festival ultimately relocated to North Lawndale.[7]

Running for Congress[edit]

Maldonado announced in 2007 his intention to run in 2008 for the congressional seat expected to be vacated by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.). He raised $230,000 before Gutiérrez decided to run again. Maldonado bowed out of the race and said he'd keep the money for a 2010 congressional bid.[8]


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