Bennett Lawson was elected Alderman of the 44th Ward in February 2023. Prior to his election, Bennett dedicated nearly 15 years to the people of the ward as Chief of Staff to former 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney. Trusted by constituents to get things done, Bennett's term as Alderman has built on his deep-rooted connections, vast knowledge of the community, and unwavering passion for creating a safe, inclusive, and thriving 44th Ward. In just his first few months as Alderman, Bennett has advanced ordinances focused on lowering speed limits on local roads to increase pedestrian safety, fighting for housing affordability, and cutting red tape for local businesses. Each and every day, he advocates for welcoming neighborhoods, balanced development, exceptional public education, and a transparent, inclusive government.
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Northern Illinois is where Bennett's story began, raised by his father, a Rockford public school teacher, and his mother, a retail worker. Together with his younger sister, Bennett experienced the public education system from kindergarten through high school. Eager to further his education, he moved to Chicago and earned his Bachelor's degree from Loyola University Chicago.
Before his tenure in Alderman Tunney's office, Bennett served the people of Illinois under State Senator Carol Ronen as the District and Political Director. This role saw him manage essential constituent services, solve resident issues with state agencies, and foster collaborations with officials across federal, county, and city levels.
Starting as the director of community outreach and later rising to the Chief of Staff for Alderman Tunney in 2007, Bennett has played a pivotal role in fostering growth within the ward's bustling business and civic sectors. His leadership contributed to landmark projects like the Center on Halsted, the innovative transformation of the Town Hall Police station into LGBT senior housing, the ongoing construction of the Howard Brown Health Center on Northalsted, and pivotal developments like Whole Foods and Mariano's. Furthermore, he championed the increase of affordable housing within the neighborhood.
Beyond infrastructure and development, Bennett remains deeply committed to community safety. Collaborating with police commanders and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS), he has devised and implemented effective crime prevention strategies. His outreach to the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS community stands out as a testament to his dedication. He consistently aids nonprofits to secure funding and spearhead innovative programs to uplift those in need.
Today, Bennett enjoys the beauty of Lakeview, where he lives with his husband, Pete. The two enjoy local eateries, the theatre, cycling, and golfing escapades.
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