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Here’s How Mayor Lightfoot Will Pick The New 12th Ward Alderperson

Sitting Ald. George Cardenas is resigning Nov. 30 to join the Cook County Board of Review. His replacement will serve in City Council until the 2023 election.

Ald. George A. Cardenas (12th) speaks during the groundbreaking event for the new field and facility at Farragut Career Academy in Little Village on May 17, 2022.
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CHICAGO — Ald. George Cardenas is resigning from his post as 12th Ward alderperson, meaning Mayor Lori Lightfoot will get to appoint his replacement.

Cardenas announced Tuesday night he’ll resign Nov. 30 to work on the Cook County Board of Review. That clears the way for Lightfoot to pick an interim alderperson — the fourth time she’s been able to do that this year — until a permanent one is voted in during February’s council elections.

Lightfoot announced Wednesday in a news release how she’ll go about picking the new alderperson.

Here’s the process:

  • Interested candidates can submit applications to aldermanicvacancy@cityofchicago.org or mail an application to City Hall care of the 12th Ward Vacancy Committee. Applications are due 5 p.m. Nov. 16.
  • Once the application period closes, the names and resumes of each applicant will be made publicly available and a committee will review each application.
  • The committee will review the applications, interview candidates and recommend a slate of candidates to the mayor.
  • Lightfoot will select the final candidate.
  • The appointed alderman will serve until the aldermanic election in 2023.

Candidates must have lived in the 12th Ward for at least one year prior to being appointed as an alderperson. More information about applying is available here.

Neighbors can provide input on what they want to see in a 12th Ward alderperson through an online survey.

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