I am a Certified Public Accountant and have a PhD in Non-Profit Management. These have given me a deep understanding of fiscal and management challenges and complexities. It has helped me greatly in bringing economic development in some of Chicago's most distressed neighborhoods. I believe these two qualifications are particularly important to have in a mayor that must address our current budget deficit and restructure government to be more efficient and productive to strengthen the city and meet the needs of residents. In addition to my professional degrees I have learned from the diverse communities I have worked in. I have a strong track record of developing and advancing progressive policy efforts as a community organizer and know how the legislature in Springfield operates from the bottom up. This has given me the unique attribute of working on the streets while facilitating a partnership with our legislature. A mayor must understand the interdependent relationship between communities , lobbyists and
proactive policy frameworks in order to successfully bring lasting policy changes into CIty Hall.
As a member of the Chicago City Council and as a member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners I have been involved with every department of local government. I know, work with, and hold as friends elected officials, grass-root activists and leaders of labor, community and faith based organizations in every corner of the city. It is my hope that they all view me as accessible and dedicated to the most open, democratic style of government.
I hold a Ph.D. in public administration. I have had productive careers in education, health planning and community organizing which have exposed me to a broad array of concerns and individuals which enabled me to grow and develop. In my time as an elected official I have had the opportunity to study many of the issues which face us locally, nationally and internationally up close and in depth. I have been able to travel and learn from the experiences of others across the country and abroad. I have been
fortunate in having the support and counsel of activists and leaders from many organizations which share parts of my philosophy, outlook and commitment.
I am a businesswoman with an experience in both the executive and legislative branches of government at the local, state, national and international levels.
For more than three decades Miguel del Valle has been an independent voice, tireless community advocate, and a
dedicated public servant for people in Chicago and the State of Illinois. He has fought for open and transparent government,
stronger consumer protections, and for reform and better funding for education, healthcare and social service programs
throughout his 23-year tenure in the Illinois General Assembly and as the Chicago City Clerk. His political career began in 1982 by campaigning for his friend and ally Harold Washington. It was that historic mayoral victory that inspired del Valle to seek a career in public service. He realized that if elected to the State Senate he could create policies and laws that would bring greater change to the community he was working for as a community advocate
and not-for-profit director. A History of Bringing People Together
In 1986 del Valle defeated powerful Northwest side ward boss Ed Nedza, a protégé of Tom Keane, for a seat on the State Senate. In that campaign he was able to unite people of all backgrounds – progressives whites, African Americans and Latinos – to rally around an idea that when working together they could bring effective change and improve their community. To this day, a much broader multi-ethnic and multi-racial coalition has kept him in public office. With his election to the State Senate in 1986 he became the first Latino Senator in the Illinois General Assembly, where he then served for 20 more years and rose through the ranks to become Assistant Majority Leader. While representing
Chicago’s northwest side, he was Chairman of the Senate Education Committee and a member of the Senate Executive,
Labor and Higher Education committees. He also co-chaired the Senate Select Committee on Education Funding Reform. During his respected career in the Illinois Senate, he earned a reputation as a win-win negotiator by working across party lines and was honored by the AFL-CIO for his voting record. As Senator, he fought for open and transparent government, stronger consumer protections, education funding reform, and better healthcare and social service programs. As an outspoken voice for increased minority and women representation in the legislative and judicial branches of government, his leadership in redistricting cases in 1981, 1991 and 2001 led to the creation of more fairly balanced districts on the city, county and state levels, and the election of more women, Latinos, and African Americans to the judiciary.
Del Valle was the first non-African-American member of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, on which he served for 15 years. He was also one of the first elected officials to endorse Barack Obama in his bid for the U.S. Senate. Clerk del Valle brought transparency to City Council hearings; made city services more accessible
In 2006 he was appointed by Mayor Daley as City Clerk of Chicago. Just a few months later the people of Chicago elected him to a four-year term. As City Clerk, Miguel del Valle has brought unprecedented transparency to the Chicago City Council, through a modernization of the City Clerk website, including posting video of City Council meetings, creating tools to track legislation
and voting records, and making City legislation and Executive Orders available online. He also launched the online sales of
residential parking permits and dog registrations, expanding his goal of making city services more accessible. Community Roots
Del Valle’s life is a true American success story. Growing up, his parents worked in factories on the city’s west side. He
attended Chicago public schools and graduated from Tuley High School in 1969. He went on to Northeastern Illinois University where he received a B.A. and M.A. in education and guidance.
Del Valle has first-hand knowledge of working with and helping people. He served as director of Barreto Boys and Girls Club
and as executive director of Association House, where he led human service programs and workforce development initiatives. He also worked with the Center for Neighborhood Technology and the Pilsen-Little Village Mental Health Center. Education: Chicago Public Schools, Tuley High School (now Clemente)
Northeastern Illinois University, BA, MA in Education and Guidance
Honorary Degree National Louis University Career to 1987
Center for Neighborhood Technology, Pilsen Little Village Mental health Center, Unit Director of Barreto Boys and Girls Club of the Union League Foundation, Executive Director of Association House
Chairman of the Mayor Harold Washington’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs, State Senator 1987-2006, Assistant Majority Leader, Chairman of the Education Committee, Co-Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Education Funding Reform, Senate Executive Committee, Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee, Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, Founder Illinois Latino Legislative Caucus, Member Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, Leadership role in: Legislative redistricting, Homeowner protection,Early childhood development
Comprehensive health coverage for children, Protection against ATM crimes, Increased funding for high school advanced placement programs, City Clerk 2006 to present, Modernized operations of the office of City Clerk, Made Clerk’s office business more user friendly for all Chicagoans, Made City Council meetings available live or on demand, Expanded community outreach programs, Published all City Council records from 1981 to present
Committed to an ongoing study of how to make the Clerk’s office more efficient and more effective in serving the needs of the people. Associations: Co-founder of the Illinois Legislative Caucus Foundation, Founder of the Illinois Association of Hispanic State Employees (IAHSE), Co-founder Illinois Latino Advisory Council on Higher Education (ILACHE), Co-founder the Alliance of Latinos and Jews Illinois, Co-founder Hispanic Democratic Council
B.S. Political Science; Jurist Doctor IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law
Numismatics, Union Leadership, and a lot of general knowledge