March 12, 2010

City Of Chicago Releases Names For Candidates Seeking Aldermanic Posts

Mayor's Press Office    312.744.3334

The Mayor’s Office today released the names of candidates who were interested in being considered for Alderman of the 1st and 29th wards. The City received 97 applications. Of these, 59 were eligible to be considered, 31 did not meet the requirements of State law and 7 were incomplete. Eighteen applicants have withdrawn their names from consideration.

“Clearly more people are getting their information from the Internet and in this case we used the City’s web site as another vehicle to reach a wider audience and encourage residents who are interested to apply,” said Mayor Daley.

“It is also a more clear and efficient way for people who are interested to see the requirements for applying and to be able to download information such as the Statement of Financial Interest and State statute.”

Candidates were asked to include the following items in order to apply:

  • A cover letter to Mayor Richard M. Daley expressing interest in being considered for the appointment.
  • A resume that included details about community involvement and prior work experience.
  • At least three letters of recommendation from community leaders, business leaders, or residents of the ward.

    In order to be eligible to serve as Alderman, candidates must:
  • Be prepared to sign a statement of financial interest as required by Section 2-156- 150(c)(ii) and (d) of the municipal code of Chicago at the time of application. (see attached).
  • Have resided in the ward for at least 1 year prior to acceptance of the position of Alderman (65 IL CS 5/3.1-10-5 (a)).
  • Owe no taxes or other debt to the City of Chicago (65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-5(b)).

  • Not have been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony (65 IL CS 5/3.1-10-5(b)).
  • Be registered to vote (65 IL CS 5/3.1-10-5 (a)).
  • Not hold any other office under the municipal government during the term of office Alderman unless granted a leave of absence as required by 65 IL CS 5/3.1-15-15, nor shall the person hold any other civil service office under the federal, state or city government unless granted a leave of absence, except in the National Guard, or as a notary public, and except such honorary offices as go by appointment without compensation (65 ILCS 20/21-14(b)).

According to State statute, the mayor has sixty days per the time of vacancy to appoint a new Alderman. Deadline for selection of the 1st Ward is March 16 and the 20th Ward is April 2.