Walter Burnett, Jr. first ran for office in 1995 and he is presently serving his sixth term as Alderman of the 27th Ward. As Alderman, his objective to serving constituents and representing a diverse community has been about balance. He has an outstanding reputation of treating everyone fairly.
Burnett is the Chairman of Pedestrian and Traffic Safety and a sitting member of eight committees; Budget and Government Operations; Rules and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Health and Environmental Protection; Public Safety; Special Events, Cultural Affairs & Recreation; and the Zoning Committee.
Burnett also serves on the boards of the following organizations: John Howard Association of IL., Neighbor Space, Financial Straight Talk, Choose Chicago, Northwestern University Settlement House Board, Harold Washington advisory board, CHA Alumni Association, St. Leonard’s Ministries advisory board, Family Guidance Center board, Haymarket Center advisory board, the YMCA Youth and Government advisory board, and the Ferrer Foundation. Burnett is also a member of St. John Masonic Lodge, Shriners, and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; and a former member of the Elks and Near North Kiwanis.
The Chicago native earned a Certificate in Mechanical Drafting, a Certificate in Tool and Die Design, and an Associate Degree from Southeastern Illinois College. He attended both Harold Washington College and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He went on to earn his Bachelor Degree from Northeastern Illinois University.