The Chicago City Council
is the legislative branch
of the government
of the City of Chicago
. It consists of 50 aldermen
elected from 50 wards
to serve four-year terms. The Chicago City Council is gaveled into session regularly (usually monthly) to consider ordinances, orders, and resolutions whose subject matter includes traffic code changes, utilities, taxes, and many other issues. The council, in conjunction with the Mayor of Chicago
, hears recommendations from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
and then may grant individual properties Chicago Landmark
status. The presiding officer of the Chicago City Council is the Mayor of Chicago
. The secretary is the City Clerk of Chicago
. Both positions are popularly elected offices.
The Chicago City Council chambers are located in Chicago City Hall
. Also located in the building are the downtown offices of the individual aldermen and staff.
Between 1972 and 2009, a total of 30 Chicago aldermen were indicted and convicted of federal crimes such as bribery, extortion, embezzlement, conspiracy, mail fraud and income tax evasion. Three additional aldermen were indicted for similar offenses but two died before federal prosecutors could bring them to trial and one, Anthony Laurino (39th) was too sick to stand trial.
The last election was held in 2011, with new members being sworn in on May 16, 2011.
<nowiki>*</nowiki> Year of appointment, not first election