Aldermanic Vacancy Application Process

Aldermanic Vacancy Application Form

Please note that this application form is publicly posted on the City of Chicago's website and that any information you may provide may be subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. Finalists may be asked for additional personal information.
Instructions: Fill out this application form and submit it no later than 5pm on March 4th, 2016. Any applications received after this deadline, unless postmarked previously, will not be considered.
Under Illinois law, to qualify for appointment as Alderman, you must meet the following criteria:
  1. You must be registered to vote in the ward in which you are seeking appointment;
  2. At the time you are sworn in as Alderman, you must have resided in the ward for at least one year prior to taking office;
  3. You must not be in arrears in the payment of tax or other indebtedness to the City of Chicago;
  4. You must not have been convicted in any court located in the United States of any infamous crime, bribery, perjury, or other felony;
  5. At the time you are sworn in, you shall not hold any other office in the City of Chicago, nor hold any civil service office under federal, state, or local government unless granted leave of absence. National Guard, notary public, and honorary offices without compensation are exempt from this requirement.

Please submit applications by filling out this form below. (*) Denotes Required Field.

Basic Information

Full Name: (*)
(please include middle name)
Home Address: (*)  
Home Telephone: (XXX-XXX-XXXX or XXX.XXX.XXXX)  
Current Employer: (*)  
Business Address:  
Business Phone:  
Date of Birth: (*) (MM/DD/YYYY)  
Place of Birth:  
Spouse‚Äôs Name:  
Have you ever been a candidate for public office?
If yes, please list office:  


Please provide information on your educational background including degrees acquired and the educational institutions that you have attended.

Government Experience

List any current or previous government experience, elected or appointed.

Community Involvement

List any current community groups that you are involved in and the nature of their organizational goals.

Military Service

Have you ever been a member of the armed services? If so, please list rank, date and type of discharge from active service.

Social Media

List the url addresses of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, etc).

Criminal History

Have you ever been convicted of or entered a plea of guilty or nolo contender or forfeited collateral for any criminal violation other than a minor traffic offense? (Minor traffic offenses do not include the offenses of driving or operating a vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving or operating a vehicle while impaired or reckless driving) Please do not disclose juvenile criminal history at this time. If yes, please explain.


Are you or your spouse delinquent on any federal, state, or local debt? If so, please provide the details below. (Include delinquencies for income, property, or other taxes, governmental loans, overpayment of benefits, required payments into or under governmental programs, and other debts or required payments to the government plus any defaults on or under loans which are or were guaranteed, insured, or subsidized by any unit of government.)


Please write briefly on both of the following topics. Keep your responses to 300 words or less.

1. Discuss the strengths that you possess that make you the most qualified candidate to be Alderman of the 4th Ward.

2. What, in your opinion, are the most pressing issues facing the 4th Ward and the City of Chicago? What are your ideas for addressing them?

To be considered, applications must also include the following:

  • A resume that includes details about your prior work experience and community involvement
  • Three letters of recommendation from community leaders, business leaders, or residents of the 4th Ward
Resume Attachment:(*)
(Only PDF documents are accepted)
Recommendation Letter 1:(*)
(Only PDF documents are accepted)
Recommendation Letter 2:(*)
(Only PDF documents are accepted)
Recommendation Letter 3:(*)
(Only PDF documents are accepted)
Voter Registration ID:(*)
(Only PDF documents are accepted)
Security Check: (*)
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