Chicago (June 12, 2020) The Chicago Progress Reform Caucus of the City Council announced Alderman Sophia King (4) as its new Chair.
“I am honored to be the next chair of the Chicago Progressive Caucus. During this critical moment, we are more committed than ever to combatting the systemic issues of racism and all forms of discrimination, and prioritizing the needs of our most vulnerable communities,” said Alderman King. “The next three years will shape our city’s future for decades and our caucus is devoted to advancing progressive policy that ensures every Chicagoan has the opportunity to not just survive, but thrive.”
Ald. King became 4th Ward alderman and joined the caucus in 2016, representing the Hyde Park, Kenwood, South Loop, and Bronzeville communities. Ald. King was a career educator and small business owner before becoming alderman. During her time as alderman, she has been a bold champion for Chicago’s most vulnerable citizens and, last year, she led the successful fight to raise the minimum wage.
“Sophia King has been a leader in fighting for equity, fairness, and a more just society since day one,” said Alderman Sue Sadlowski-Garza (10), adding, “I’m honored and grateful to have served as caucus chair, and proud that we have accomplished so much in the past year. The progressive movement has never been stronger. Sophia’s exemplary leadership will be critical to advancing our mission to create a more fair and equitable Chicago.”
In the past year, the Chicago Progressive Caucus successfully led the charge to raise the minimum wage and passed the Fair Workweek Ordinance, providing workers with more control over their schedules and stability in their scheduled hours. The Chicago Progressive Caucus was instrumental in increasing funding in the 2020 budget for frontline public health staff and hours of service at the city’s mental health clinics.
In May, Ald. Sadlowski-Garza was charged with leading the strategy for workforce development in response to new challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, serving as Chair of the COVID-19 Workforce Development Committee.
“Workers in Chicago need my undivided attention while we work through the myriad of issues that have surfaced during this pandemic. I am fully committed to ensuring working families get the protections they need during this critical period,” said Ald. Garza.
The Progressive Reform Caucus includes Ald. Daniel LaSpata (1); Ald. Sophia King (4); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5); Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6); Ald. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10); Ald. Stephanie Coleman (16); Ald. David Moore (17); Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20); Ald. Michael Rodriguez (22); Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25); Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29); Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez (33); Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35); Ald. Felix Cardona, Jr. (31); Ald. Scott Waguespack (32); Ald. Andre Vasquez (40); Ald. Matt Martin (47); and Ald. Maria Hadden (49).