The new Chicago City Council moves further to the left and welcomes more people of color. Latinos hold 12 seats, more than ever before, but still short of their share of the city’s population. White and black aldermen each hold 19 seats. That’s the smallest number of white aldermen since the current ward system was enacted in 1923, but it’s still greater than the percentage of white people in Chicago. Asians lost their one seat.
The biggest Council gains were political. Six democratic socialists now hold seats, a six-fold increase since 2015 and more socialists than the Council has seen in more than a century. The Council includes 14 aldermen who were not there in 2015. That’s comparable to four years ago, but down from the 18 in 2011. Women hold 15 seats, three more than 2015, but short of the record 18 in 2007.