Ald. Silvana Tabares (23) first joined the Chicago City Council in 2018 when she was appointed by former Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Tabares won reelection in 2019 with a $500,000 war chest. During her first run for reelection, Tabares had the backing of the Chicago Teachers Union and throughout her time in office has emphasized the importance of involving Chicago Public Schools’ undocumented and immigrant parents in elections for a representative school board.
Tabares is one of several staunch pro-law enforcement aldermen, regularly introducing legislation to bolster resources and support for members of the Chicago Police Department. Tabares is a member of the City Council Latino Caucus, of which she serves in the role as vice chair.
The 23rd Ward alderman has used her position on the caucus to urge city officials to open additional employment and contracting opportunities to Chicago’s Latino population. During the fall of 2021, Tabares led an unsuccessful charge in the City Council to challenge the city's COVID-19 vaccination requirements for city employees. Mayor Lori Lightfoot rebuked Tabares’ campaign saying the aldermen was "carrying water" for the Fraternal Order of Police and its resistance to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees.
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