Willie B. Cochran is the youngest of 10 Children born to Jasper and Gessner Cochran. His father worked in Chicago's Stockyard for 33 years. His mother was a homemaker. He obtained an Associates of Arts from Joliet Jr. College, Joliet Illinois in 1973 and in 1975 graduated from Eastern Illinois (Bachelors of Sociology). He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology (1988) and post graduate studies at Northwestern University.
In 1977 Willie became a Chicago Police Officer and retired, in 2003, after 26 years of dedicated service as a patrolman, investigator and sergeant and federal marshall. After retiring from the police department, Willie went on to demonstrate his commitment to community by working as a community organizer, for the community of Woodlawn's New Communities Program. During his tenure as a community organizer, Willie participated in extensive community-planning activities designed to improve the quality of life and create solutions to problems that have plagued neighborhoods, such as crime, ineffective schools, affordable housing, jobs, health and economic development. He is currently directing and organizing the same type of Quality of Life initiative in Washington Park. In addition to being an active resident of the community, he has operated a family owned business for 14 years.
Currently he is the Alderman and committeeman of the 20th Ward. His background in business, public service, organizing and degrees in Sociology and Public administration has proven invaluable as he serves the public's interest.