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The NASW IL PAC is proud to announce their endorsement of Aldermanic Candidate James Cappleman for the 46th Ward.

James Cappleman, a licensed social worker and member of NASW IL,  has always considered himself a community activist and advocate focused on the importance of creating systemic change.  That is why James is proud to be a candidate for 46th Ward Alderman.  Having worked in the community for over 10 years, James brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that prepares him to be a strong advocate for the 46th Ward and the City of Chicago on day one.

After settling in Chicago in the late 1980s, James worked with homeless HIV/AIDS clients at Travelers and Immigrant Aid (now Heartland Alliance). This experience moved James to return to school and receive his MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social at the University of Illinois (UIC) at Chicago. Upon graduation, James worked at Children’s Memorial Hospital, then moved to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Northwestern Hospital, and is now currently at The University of Chicago Hospital.

James believes that the most effective way to move the 46th Ward forward is to create an environment that encourages businesses to move into the area and allows them to thrive.  For the past ten years, James has been on the board of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC), working to improve the quality of life of all Uptown residents.

In an effort to reduce crime in the 46th Ward, James has worked with local elected officials including State Senator Heather Steans and State Representative Greg Harris on a number of task forces to address issues of public safety.  While working to address unmonitored sex-offenders in the 46th Ward, James identified weaknesses in the enforcement of laws that limit sex-offenders from living near a school, playground or daycare in Illinois.  His work with Attorney General Lisa Madigan on this issue lead to stronger enforcement of these laws and helped to make our children safer.

As his career evolved, James became more involved with end-of-life and palliative care. During the mid 1990s, James served as chair of the NASW Illinois Chapter’s HIV/AIDS Network. His experience working in the healthcare field encouraged James to write Asking the Right Questions to Get the Healthcare You Need (Trafford Publishing) in 2008.

No other candidate in the race for 46th Ward Alderman brings such a deep well of understanding of the issues affecting the community or such a long record of success stories in the neighborhood.  With so many years of working in the 46th Ward, James understands what works and what doesn’t work.  He knows that the same failed fiscal policies will not bring our city closer to solvency.  He understands the need to make our streets safer and our schools more effective for all children.  Most importantly, James has a plan to move the 46th Ward and Chicago forward.

James Cappleman lives in the Uptown neighborhood with is partner of 19 years, Richard Thale, and looks forward to further service to our community as Alderman of the 46th Ward.

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Elected Officials

Honorable Heather Steans, Illinois State Senator

Honorable Mary Ann Smith, 48th Ward Alderman

Honorable Tom Sharpe, 46th Ward Democrats

Honorable Carol Ronen, 48th Ward Democrats

Honorable Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclimation Board

Honorable Mariyana Spyropoulus, Metropolitan Water Reclimation Board

Honorable Debra Mell, Illinois State Represenative


Emily Stewart, 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate

Andy Lam, 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate

Befekadu Retta, 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate

Caitlin McIntyre, 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate

Diane Shapiro, 46th Ward Aldermanic Candidate


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