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Record #: R2021-379   
Type: Resolution Status: Introduced
Intro date: 3/24/2021 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Committees and Rules
Final action:
Title: Call for Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation replacing word "Alderman" in all places within Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) with gender-neutral word "Alder"
Sponsors: Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Hairston, Leslie A., Taylor, Jeanette B. , Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Cappleman, James, Hadden, Maria E. , La Spata, Daniel , Hopkins, Brian , Sawyer, Roderick T., Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Rodriguez, Michael D., Scott, Jr. Michael, Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Cardona, Jr., Felix , Martin, Matthew J.
Attachments: 1. R2021-379.pdf

Committee on Health And Human Relations (




WHEREAS, the City of Chicago is a welcoming and inclusive city that seeks to respect and honor the lived experiences of its residents and its public servants, and


WHEREAS, the combined statutes of the State of Illinois (ILCS) govern the structures of municipal governments and the conduct of elections within the state, and set forth the offices for which public elections are to be held, and


WHEREAS, the term "Alderman" currently enshrined in law as the office held by members of the City Council of the City of Chicago, as well as other municipalities governed by similar sections ofthe ILCS, derives from explicitly gendered language denoting an "elder man" ofthe community, and


WHEREAS, there have at times in the history of Illinois been candidates seeking recognition as "Alderwoman" or other terms more representative of their gender identity who were denied the ability to do so, or were denied access to the ballot on the basis of their use of a title other than "Alderman," and


WHEREAS, the power to amend the iLCS and enshrine in law a gender-neutral term for the members ofthe City Council of Chicago, and of other municipalities governed by similar sections ofthe ILCS, lies with the Legislature ofthe State of Illinois, now therefore,


BE IT RESOLVED, That we, the City Council ofthe City of Chicago, assembled here on this

                     day of                     , 20                     , do hereby call upon the State Assembly and State Senate of

Illinois to introduce, take up, and pass legislation amending in all places the use ofthe word "Alderman" in the ILCS to instead use the gender-neutral title "Alder," and in all places the use ofthe plural "Aldermen" to instead read "Alders."






Andre Vasquez, Jr. Alderman, 40th Ward


Aid. Daniel La Spata. 1st Ward



Aid. Byron Sigcho Lopez, 35th Ward



Committee on Health And Human Relations


Aid. Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward

Aid. Walter Burnett Jr., 27th Ward

Aid. Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward , (Lead)

Aid. Felix Cardona, 31st Ward

Aid. Roderick Sawyer, 6th Ward

Aid. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez (Lead)

Aid. Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th Ward

Aid. James Cappleman, 46th Ward, (Lead)

Aid. Jeanette Taylor, 20th Ward, (Lead)

Aid. Matt Martin, 47th Ward

Aid. Michael Rodriguez, 22nd Ward

Aid. Maria Hadden, 49th Ward (Lead)

Aid. Michael Scott, 24th Ward