William Singer

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William Singer was the former alderman of the 44th and 43rd wards[1] of Chicago. From 1969 to 1971 he represented the 44th ward on the North Side. His victory was by a razor-thin 427 votes. In a redrawn ward map, Singer served as alderman of the city's 43rd ward from 1971 to 1975. In 1972, he spearheaded a coalition of delegates to the Democratic national convention in Miami along with Jesse Jackson.

In 1975 he lost a run for mayor against Richard J. Daley.[2] If elected mayor, Singer would have been the city's first Jewish mayor.[3] Rahm Emanuel wound up being the city's first.


  1. ^ Paul Galloway. (1985-03-31). "Bill Singer: Political Maverick Now Practices Law Of Clout". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  2. ^ "Bill Singer : On the outs with the regular Democrats, he'll be heard from again By Milton Rakove". Lib.niu.edu. 1975-11-09. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  3. ^ Depres, Leon M. (2008). "A Candid Assessment of Jews in Chicago Politics Since 1920 A Veteran Independent Looks Back at Varied Achievements, Shortcomings" (PDF). Chicago Jewish Historical Society. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
'Paddy' Bauler
Member of the Chicago City Council
43rd Ward

1969 – 1975
Succeeded by
Martin J. Oberman