ALDERMAN CHRIS TALIAFERRO

​Committee on Committees, Rules & Ethics

Committee on Human Relations

Committee on License & Consumer Protection

Committee on Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

Committee on Public Safety

Committee on Transportation & Public Way

Joint Committee: Finance; License & Consumer Protection

Joint Committee: Finance; Public Safety

BIOGRAPHY


I was born in Smithfield, Virginia, and after graduating high school, I joined the United States Marine Corps.  I had the wonderful opportunity to serve in Virginia and as an infantry sergeant with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  In 1989, I was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines in Chicago, where I taught weapons and tactics during Operation Desert Storm, as part of the Inspector and Instructor staff. Throughout my service in the armed forces, my commitment, dedication and leadership led to numerous meritorious promotions, citations and awards. 

Upon my honorable discharge from the military, I briefly served as a deputy sheriff of court services with the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

In 1994, I began my career with the Chicago Police Department.  I served as a Sergeant with the Department and have faithfully served the City of Chicago for over 20 years, receiving numerous citations and awards. 

After joining the Chicago Police Department with a high school diploma, I decided to go back to school and attended Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois full-time and subsequently received my Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Criminal and Social Justice.  I then received my Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where I appeared on the Dean’s List of honor students and successfully passed the Illinois State Bar Examination in 2007.

I have been a litigation attorney at Nexus Legal Group, P.C. and served as one of the firm’s founding partners.  I focused my practice on family law and dedicated many hours each year to pro bono legal services for the elderly and those unable to financially retain effective legal representation.  

I am a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. I am also active in community affairs and serve on the Executive Board of Directors of the Northwest Side Community Coalition, a community not for profit organization. I serve as chairman of the public safety committee, organizing a strong commitment to bringing awareness to the public regarding crime and crime prevention methods.  I am a longtime member of the Chicago Church of Christ and over the years have been a dedicated volunteer with the Church's charitable arm, Hope Worldwide, bringing health awareness through outreach, throughout the City of Chicago. While serving as a police officer, I also volunteered at the Rogers Park Youth Network and created a recognized and awarded art program for at-risk teenagers. 

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Melissa, for 23 years. Our son Marcus is in his sophomore year at Western Illinois University. Our daughter, Carissa, is a freshman at Loyola University and Erykah attends Taft High School.

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