Political Inequalities and Reimagining Democracy

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In a city like Chicago, much of the politics goes through and is controlled by the city council and, more specifically, by one’s local alderman. In our interviews with young people, the politicians referenced most often were the mayor and the Chicago City Council aldermen. The Chicago City Council, a legislative branch of the city government, is divided into 50 districts or wards that are each represented by one aldermanic representative. The constituents of each ward elect this representative to serve a four-year term.