About Michelle A. Harris

Alderman Harris has lived in the 8th ward for forty years and has been a member of the 8th Ward Regular Democratic Organization for thirty four years. She graduated from Bryn Mawr Elementary School, Chicago Vocational High School and Chicago State University. Alderman Harris is also a life member of Christ Temple Cathedral Church. She has a daughter, Loren, who is a student at Chicago State University.


Alderman Harris has a long history of public service in the 8th Ward and Cook County. She has twenty-two years of dedicated public service including being Chief of Staff under former Alderman Lorraine Dixon for 5 years. During her tenure as Chief of Staff she also was the liaison to all City of Chicago Departments, as well as liaison to Peoples Gas and Commonwealth Edison for Alderman Dixon. She assisted with preparation of the Budget for the City of Chicago, coordinated activities with over 300 block clubs within the 8th Ward, and she worked with the Southeast Chicago Chamber of Commerce (formerly the 87th Street/Stony Island Chamber of Commerce and the 79th Street Business Association).


Alderman Harris spent four years as the 8th Ward Streets and Sanitation Superintendent, during which she coordinated garbage pickup, street cleaning, and snow removal, and she was responsible for the 505 alleys and streets in the 8th Ward. She also spent three years as the Secretary to the Cook County Board of Commissioners where she prepared and administered $6 million budget for Cook County Board of Commissioners.


Alderman Harris was elected to the 8th Ward Office as of December 13, 2006. As Alderman she expedites and resolves city service concerns for 8th Ward residents, represents the 8th Ward community in City Council, promotes economic development, providing more resources for youth and seniors, educational improvements, less crime and a clean community. Alderman Harris was appointed Chairman of Committee on Committee, Rules, and Ethics on September 16, 2013. She also is a committee member on the following committees: Budget and Government Operations, Finance, Pedestrian and Traffic Safety, Public Safety, Rules & Ethics, Workforce Development & Audit, Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.