Chicago City Council

Chicago City Council

As the legislative body of the city, the City Council usually meets once every month to exercise general and specific powers delegated by state statute.

The City Council votes on all proposed loans, grants, bond issues, land acquisitions and sales, zoning changes, traffic control issues, mayoral appointees, and other financial appropriations.

Its 16 standing committees work with individual departments on the execution of city activities, and review proposed ordinances, resolutions and orders before they are voted on by the full council.

Standing Committees

  • Aviation*
  • Budget and Government Operations*
  • Committees, Rules & Ethics*
  • Economic, Capital and Technology Development
  • Education and Child Development*
  • Finance
  • Health & Environmental Protection
  • Housing & Real Estate*
  • Human Relations
  • License & Consumer Protection*
  • Public Safety*
  • Special Events, Cultural Affairs & Recreation
  • Pedestrian & Traffic Safety
  • Transportation & Public Way*
  • Workforce Development & Audit
  • Zoning, Landmarks & Building Standards

*represents committee of which Alderman O’Connor is a member