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Brendan Reilly, named Vice Mayor in 2015, has served as a member of the Chicago City Council since 2007 when he unseated a 36-year incumbent; the second longest serving alderman on the City Council. Alderman Reilly represents downtown’s 42nd Ward – Chicago’s Central Business District and home to nearly 90,000 residents and more than 40,000 businesses licenses.  In fact, the Alderman Reilly’s 42nd Ward represents nearly 60% of the city’s economic activity.


Alderman Reilly has proven himself to be an independent voice on the City Council under Mayor Daley and Mayor Emanuel. Considered a voice for Chicago’s business community on the City Council, Reilly is recognized for his efforts to bring greater fiscal accountability to city government; more transparency in key decision making processes; and a smaller, more efficient bureaucracy.


Alderman Reilly’s career in public service began in 1995 when he joined the Illinois House of Representatives’ staff in Springfield.  He worked for the Illinois House in multiple roles, eventually serving as Communications Director for the House Democrats before leaving in 2001. 


In 2002, Reilly was recruited by AT&T to serve as Midwest Vice President of Public Affairs. At age 30, Reilly was one of AT&T’s youngest executives in company history. In this role, he managed a multi-million dollar budget and staff across the Midwest Region; directed all public relations for AT&T regarding public policy, consumer services and business services; and worked closely with Illinois lawmakers and consumer advocates to make the Illinois telecommunications marketplace more competitive.


In addition to his role as Alderman of the 42nd Ward, Reilly also serves as a Board Member of the Energy Foundry, a non-profit, venture capital fund that invests in (and supports) green technology and next-generation sustainability start-ups.  He is also a voting Board Member of the State of Illinois Smart Grid Advisory Council, which oversees the state’s recently-adopted “Smart Grid” implementation, funding, and roll-out.

Brendan Reilly has been recognized for his leadership as a member of Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40.”  He is also the proud recipient of the Keep Chicago Beautiful “Sustainability Vision Award;” the Chicago Loop Alliance’s “2014 Illumination Award;” and the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association’s “Ambassador Award - 2012.”


Brendan Reilly earned his bachelor's degree from Hobart College in 1994.  He is an avid Cubs and Blackhawks fan who enjoys reading, loves hockey, misses sailing and tries to travel with his wife Kristin on those rare occasions when his schedule allows.  Reilly has lived in downtown Chicago since 1997 and now lives in the River North neighborhood with his wife, Kristin, and their dogs Buster and Max, who are both Yorkshire Terriers.



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