Susan Sadlowski Garza is the first ever active Chicago Teachers Union member to be elected to City Council and the first ever woman to represent the 10th Ward in City Council. Susan’s priorities include keeping schools public, increasing wages and creating long lasting economic development in the 10th Ward.
Susan is constantly working to protect public interests, increase equality for women and the LGBTQ community, foster business relationships and protect air, land, and water resources for residents.
Susan is a lifelong Chicagoan and 10th Ward resident who has dedicated her entire life to the youth and families of the 10th Ward. Starting out as a lunch lady at South Shore High School, Susan returned to college as a mother and persevered to become a Counselor at Jane Addams Elementary School, the same school her mother, herself, and her children attended. As a former Chicago Public School counselor, and former Chicago Teachers Union area Vice-President, and now 10th Ward Alderwoman, Susan will put the needs of her constituents first.
Susan has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Governors State University and holds a Master in Counseling from Concordia University. Daughter of famed Steelworker/Labor leader Edward Sadlowski, Susan was raised in a proud union home with strong values of income equality, gender equity, racial harmony, and workers and environmental rights. She is happily married to Raul Garza, a proud mother of four children and ecstatic grandmother of two.