19th Ward - 2023 Aldermanic Race
Timothy Noonan - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Tim Noonan serves on the local school council at Kellogg Elementary School and in 2016 was part of a group that opposed an effort authored by Ald. Matthew O’Shea (19) to close Kellogg and merge the institution with Sutherland Elementary School, a plan that would have also required Keller Regional Gifted Center to move into the Kellogg building and Mt. Greenwood Elementary to expand into the Keller building to address overcrowding. The plan did not come to fruition. Noonan was behind a 19th Ward mutual aid organization during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and about five years ago collaborated with the Beverly Area Planning Association to help fund a project to restore a monument to Gold Star Families in the Dan Ryan Woods.
Matt O'Shea - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate, Incumbent
Ald. Matthew O'Shea (19) was an aide to former 19th Ward Ald. Virginia Rugai and has served in the City Council since 2011. O’Shea supported Jerry Joyce in the early stages of the 2019 mayoral election but supported now-Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the 2019 runoff over Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, alongside other pro-police leaders who believed Lightfoot’s law enforcement background would make her tenure more attentive to the needs of first responders.
But O'Shea publicly slammed Lightfoot after the July 2021 murder of Officer Ella French, saying officers felt like city leaders “do not have their backs.” Many of the constituents in the 19th ward are city employees.
Michael Cummings - 2023 Aldermanic Candidate
Michael Cummings is a retired Chicago Police officer who retired in 2021 after 35 years of service. In 2014, Cummings was investigated by the department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs over allegations he made a racist comment that year at a bar housed in a property he owned.
Though “the allegations that then-CPD officer Mike Cummings made a racist comment at McNally’s bar ... were not sustained,” according to the Beverly Review, he was suspended for 90 days for violating a rule that prohibits CPD employees from “engaging directly or indirectly in the ownership, maintenance or operation of a tavern or retail liquor establishment.”
Cummings earned a degree in business from St. Xavier University, according to his website.