Politicians from Chicago, Illinois

Posted Nov 18, 2009
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  1. Chicago City Council members

    Chicago City Council members

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  2. Mayors of Chicago, Illinois

    Mayors of Chicago, Illinois

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  1. Barack Obama

    Barack Obama


    Barack Hussein Obama II (i/bəˈrɑːk hˈsn ɵˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, running unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 to Bobby Rush.

  2. Jesse Jackson

    Jesse Jackson


    Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. (born Jesse Louis Burns; October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He is the founder of the organizations that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH. Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is his eldest son. Jackson was also the host of Both Sides with Jesse Jackson on CNN from 1992 to 2000.

  3. Rahm Emanuel

    Rahm Emanuel


    Rahm Israel Emanuel (/ˈrɑːm/; born November 29, 1959) is an American politician who serves as the 55th Mayor of Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, Emanuel was elected in 2011, becoming Chicago's first Jewish mayor. He was reelected on April 7, 2015.

  4. Jack Ryan (politician)

    Jack Ryan (politician)


    John Clemens "Jack" Ryan (born October 6, 1959) is a former investment banker and American politician who was a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois. In 2000, he retired as an active partner at Goldman Sachs to teach at Hales Franciscan High School, a private, 4-year Roman Catholic high school located in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago.

  5. John Ashcroft

    John Ashcroft


    John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 79th U.S. Attorney General (2001–2005), in the George W. Bush Administration. He later founded The Ashcroft Group, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm.

  6. Greg Nickels

    Greg Nickels


    Gregory J. "Greg" Nickels (born August 7, 1955) was the 51st mayor of Seattle, Washington. He took office on January 1, 2002 and was reelected to a second term in 2005. In August 2009, Nickels finished third in the primary election for Seattle mayor, failing to qualify for the November 2009 general election, and losing his bid for a third term as mayor. He left office on January 1, 2010.

  7. Rod Blagojevich

    Rod Blagojevich


    Rod Blagojevich Listeni/bləˈɡɔɪ.əvɪ/ (born December 10, 1956) is a former American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Illinois from 2003 to 2009.

  8. William Ellery Sweet

    William Ellery Sweet


    William Ellery Sweet (January 27, 1869 – May 9, 1942) was the 23rd Governor of Colorado from 1923 to 1925.

  9. Bobby Rush

    Bobby Rush (2013)


    Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993. The district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago with its population percentage being 65% African-American, higher than any other congressional district in the nation.

  10. Stephen Douglas

    Stephen Douglas


    Stephen Arnold Douglas (April 23, 1813 – June 3, 1861) was an American politician from Illinois and the designer of the Kansas–Nebraska Act. He was a U.S. representative, a U.S. senator, and the Democratic Party nominee for president in the 1860 election, losing to Republican Abraham Lincoln. Douglas had previously defeated Lincoln in a Senate contest, noted for the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858. He was nicknamed the "Little Giant" because he was short in physical stature, but a forceful and dominant figure in politics.

  11. Deval Patrick

    Deval Patrick


    Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is an American politician and civil rights lawyer who served as the 71st Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division under President Bill Clinton. He was first elected in 2006, succeeding Mitt Romney who chose not to run, and re-elected in 2010. He is the first (and, currently, the only) African-American to have served as Governor of Massachusetts.

  12. Carol Moseley-Braun

    Carol Moseley-Braun


    Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun, also sometimes Moseley-Braun (born August 16, 1947), is an American politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first and to date only female African-American Senator, the first African-American U.S. Senator for the Democratic Party, the first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and the first and to date only female Senator from Illinois. From 1999 until 2001, she was the United States Ambassador to New Zealand. She was a candidate for the Democratic nomination during the 2004 U.S. presidential election. Following the public announcement by Richard M. Daley that he would not seek re-election, in November 2010, Braun began her campaign for Mayor of Chicago. The former Senator placed fourth in a field of six candidates, losing the February 22, 2011, election to Rahm Emanuel.

  13. Valerie Jarrett

    Valerie Jarrett


    Valerie June Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is an American government official who is currently the Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. Prior to that she served as a co-chairman of the Obama–Biden Transition Project.

  14. Dan Rostenkowski

    Dan Rostenkowski


    Daniel David "Dan" Rostenkowski (January 2, 1928 – August 11, 2010) was a United States Representative from Chicago, serving from 1959 to 1995. He become one of the most powerful legislators in Washington, especially in matters of taxation, until he went to prison. A Democrat and the son of a Chicago alderman, Rostenkowski was for many years Democratic Committeeman of Chicago's 32nd Ward, retaining this position even while serving in Congress.

  15. Mel Reynolds

    Mel Reynolds


    Melvin "Mel" Reynolds (born January 8, 1952) is a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois. He resigned from Congress in 1995 after a conviction for statutory rape.

  16. J. Frank Aldrich

    J. Frank Aldrich


    James Franklin Aldrich (April 6, 1853 – March 8, 1933) was a United States Representative from Illinois.

  17. Henry Clarke

    Henry Clarke


    Henry Tefft Clarke, Jr. (August 4, 1875 – March 28, 1950) was an American baseball player and coach, lawyer and politician. He played Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Spiders in 1897 and the Chicago Orphans in 1898. He was also a coach for the Michigan Wolverines baseball team. He later served as a Nebraska state legislator and railroad commissioner.

  18. Fred Roti

    Fred Roti


    Fred B. Roti (December 18, 1920 – September 20, 1999) was a powerful and long-serving alderman of Chicago's First Ward. A federal jury convicted Roti on 11 counts of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, bribery and extortion.

  19. Otto Kerner, Jr.

    Otto Kerner, Jr.


    Otto Kerner, Jr. (August 15, 1908 – May 9, 1976) was the 33rd Governor of Illinois from 1961 to 1968. He is best known for chairing the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Commission).

  20. Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.


    Jesse Louis Jackson, Jr. (born March 11, 1965) is a former Democratic American Congressman who represented Illinois's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 until his resignation in 2012. He is the son of activist and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and, prior to his career in elected office, worked for his father in both the elder Jackson's 1984 presidential campaign and his social justice, civil rights and political activism organization, Operation PUSH. Jackson's wife, Sandi Jackson, served on the Chicago City Council. He served as a national co-chairman of the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. Jackson established a consistent liberal record on both social and fiscal issues, and he has co-authored books on civil rights and personal finance.

  21. Samuel Bodman

    Samuel Bodman


    Samuel Wright Bodman III (born November 26, 1938) is the former 11th United States Secretary of Energy. He was previously the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury and the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

  22. Joe Birkett

    Joe Birkett


    Joseph E. Birkett (born February 13, 1955) is an appellate court judge on the Illinois Appellate Court - Second District. He has been on the appellate court since being appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court in December 2010. He subsequently won election to the appellate court at the general election in November 2012. His current term runs through December 2022. Prior to being elevated to the bench, Justice Birkett was the State's Attorney of DuPage County, an office he had held since 1996.

  23. Edward S. Salomon

    Edward S. Salomon


    Edward Selig Salomon (December 25, 1836 – July 18, 1913) was a German Jew who immigrated to the United States and served as an Union brigadier general in the American Civil War and later became governor of Washington Territory and a California legislator.

  24. Dan Proft

    Dan Proft


    Daniel K. "Dan" Proft (born April 29, 1972) is an American businessperson, writer, and radio talk show host. He is a former Republican candidate for Governor in Illinois. He formerly hosted a radio show with WLS and currently is on-air with AM 560 The Answer in Chicago where he co-hosts the morning drive show from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday with Amy Jacobson.

  25. Greg Harris

    Greg Harris


    Gregory S. Harris (born June 5, 1955) is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, having represented the state's 13th district since 2007. He was elected in November 2006, having been selected by the 13th district's Democratic ward committeemen to replace Larry McKeon as the party's nominee on the November ballot. No Republican filed for the District 13 seat in downtown Chicago so he was elected unopposed. He also ran unopposed for re-election in 2008.

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