About Your Alderman

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Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr.

Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. was first elected to serve the 21st ward in April 2003.  Currently Alderman Brookins Jr. is now serving his fifth term as 21st ward alderman; and now serving as committee Chairman over the Transportation and Public Way committee for the city of Chicago. Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. who some say is following in the political linage of his father, former Senator Howard B. Brookins Sr., has a distinguished career of serving. In past capacities, Alderman Brookins served as an Assistant Public Defender, Assistant States Attorney,  Special Assistant Attorney General, as well as Chairman of the City of Chicago’s Committee on Education and Child Development, and Economic Capital and Technology Development. But along with serving  as 21st Ward Alderman and now Chairman of Transportation, Howard B. Brookins Jr. is also a practicing attorney at The Law Office of Howard B. Brookins Jr. PC.

Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. started his career as a graduate of Mendel Catholic High School. From there he attended Southern Illinois College in Carbondale Illinois where he received a degree in mortuary science. Later he went on to attend Northern Illinois University College of Law where he received his law degree. Alderman Brookins is an active member with a number of committees and organizations including Prince Hall Mason Eureka Lodge #64, Board of Directors Community Media Workshop, Board of Directors Northern Illinois Alumni, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, just name a few.

As a long time resident of the 21st ward in Chicago, Alderman Howard Brookins Jr.  is committed to improving the quality of life for the constituents he serve. Throughout his 16 year term as Alderman, he has addressed many key issues on crime, while increasing economic development and employment opportunities within the 21st ward. Alderman Brookins has been a staple in the community and responsible for major economic growth and development within the 21st ward. During his tenure he has been responsible for the building of the 83rd street corridor which house the Walmart Shopping center, Lowes, Aldi’s and many other banks, restaurants and businesses. He is also responsible for the Dunkin Donuts and Wing Zone west of Ashland on 87th street, the new 87th Street development of Chipotle, GNC, and Sprint located at 87th and the Dan Ryan, the Woodson Regional Library renovation, 87th Street Studio Movie Grill, the Red Line Project, and much more..

Alderman Brookins has also shown his dedication and commitment to the 21st ward through the hosting of many community events such as Job Fairs, Summer College/High School Internship Fairs, High school Fairs, Business Advisory Council Meetings, Annual Back to School Summer Picnics, 21st Ward Clean and Greens, Bike the Hood, Annual Senior Thanksgiving Feed, Annual Christmas Party, Summer Music Series, annual Shred-A-Thons, weekly Monday night Constituent Nights, monthly Town Hall meetings and much more…

And even though he does all of this for the 21st ward community Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr.  is known for being a devoted husband to Ebonie Taylor-Brookins, and a proud father of two great young men, Howard B. Brookins III, and Harihson B. Brookins. Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. is the epitome of a political figure who serves his ward with his whole heart, great dignity and unwavering integrity.  

21st ward Alderman Howard B. Brookins Jr. consistently taking the 21st Ward community forward.