About Pat

A Trusted, Proven Leader

Pat Dowell is a lifelong public servant. She has served as a social worker, a city planner, an administrator of several large and small not-for-profits, and a university instructor.

Since 2007, she has served as the Alderman of the 3rd Ward of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Chicago City Council Budget Committee.

Dowell was a significant catalyst for the rebirth of the historic Bronzeville community that occurred in the 1990s. She has an extensive background in urban planning and community development and was one of the primary architects of the Bronzeville Development Plan.

Formerly, Dowell was the executive director of the Near West Side Community Development Corporation, the Mid-South Planning and Development Commission, and Chicago Public Allies, a national youth development organization.

Pat Dowell is the proud mother of an adult son and a longtime Bronzeville resident. As a college basketball star, she earned her bachelor's degree in Developmental Psychology from The University of Rochester and her master's degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago. Dowell owns a scrappy Yorkshire Terrier named Toots and is an avid Chicago Bulls Fan.

While she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling – what she is truly passionate about is helping to serve the needs of her constituents.

Pat Dowell


Danny Davis


Carol Moseley Braun


Proviso Township Democrats
Bill Lowry

Cook County Commissioner

Mattie Hunter

State Senator

Robert Peters

State Senator

Barbara McGowan

MWRD Vice President

Roderick Sawyer

Chicago Alderman

Derrick Curtis

Chicago Alderman

Jason Ervin

Chicago Alderman, Black Caucus Chair

Chris Taliaferro

Chicago Alderman

Scott Waguespack

Chicago Alderman

Emma Mitts

Chicago Alderman

Lamont Robinson

State Representative

Kam Buckner

State Representative

Preston Brown

34th Ward Committeeman

Prof. Tim Black
Prof. Dick Simpson


Ald. Pat Dowell Raises $375,00 in 2nd Q, Announces Finance Committee for Secretary of State campaign
June 12, 2021

Illinois Secretary of State candidate Pat Dowell is announcing the members of the Finance Committee for her campaign for Secretary of State. "I am honored that these community and business leaders have committed to help our campaign," said Dowell. "While I just joined this race only a short time ago, I am humbled by the support and generosity of so many. I look forward to more events around the state including the suburbs, southland and the city."

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Alexi lied. How Often Will He Do It Again?
June 7, 2021

At a Secretary of State's Forum held by the Cook County Democratic Party on Saturday, June 5, candidate Alexi Giannoulias was asked if he had ever endorsed a Republican. He said that he had not. In fact, in 2014 he endorsed Republican Tom Cross for statewide office against a Democrat. This was widely reported at the time by outlets including The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, and Capitol Fax.

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Ald. Jason Ervin, Chicago City Council Black Caucus Chair, endorses Pat Dowell for IL Secy of State
June 4, 2021

Alderman Jason Ervin, the Chairman of the Black Caucus of the Chicago City Council, today announced his support for Alderman Pat Dowell's candidacy for Illinois Secretary of State."Alderman Pat Dowell is one of the most hardworking and conscientious members of the Chicago City Council," said Alderman Jason Ervin. "She champions the needs of African Americans while making sure that all of her constituents are respected and protected. We have worked together for more than a decade. She is smart and focused and gets the job the done."

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Pat Dowell, Candidate for IL Secretary of State, Visits Northwest Suburbs for 4th of July Celebration
June 2, 2021

Alderman Pat Dowell , Democratic Candidate for Illinois Secretary of State, will visit the Greater Palatine Area Democrats (GPAD) booth this Saturday, July 3, at 3 p.m. at The Hometown Fest at Community Park, 250 E. Wood St. in Palatine.

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