Today, Cook County Commissioner Bill Lowry announced in a campaign video he will seek reelection to a second term in 2022. Lowry was elected to serve the 3rd District of the Cook County Board of Commissioners in 2018.
“I’m proud to announce my plans to continue serving the 3rd district for another term,” said Lowry. “Despite the challenges of my first term including a global pandemic, civil unrest, and the shuttering of local businesses, I’ve focused on my values of communication, collaboration, and action to deliver for my community. The 3rd District supported me in 2018 and I ask them again for their votes so we continue moving our community forward.”
Cook County’s 3rd District encompasses 14 of Chicago’s 50 wards and hugs the lakeshore from River North to South Shore, and extends west to the Ashburn/Wrightwood neighborhood. In his first term, Lowry has championed a number of initiatives related to economic equity, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. In 2019, Lowry was the sponsor of the Good Faith Effort Transparency Report ordinance, which passed unanimously by the Board, and has been a driver for greater minority participation in County vendors and contracts.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lowry established the 3rd District Hospital Meal Train, visiting all eight hospitals in the district and providing meals and resources to healthcare workers and community members in need. He has advocated for accessible healthcare and has worked to ensure the continuity of services for his residents on the South Side, especially during the pandemic. As a lifetime resident of Chicago’s South Side, the ongoing violence hits close to home. Lowry is committed to working with all criminal justice partners to reduce violence in the 3rd District. This includes engaging nonprofit and restorative justice organizations to seek holistic solutions to violence and crime.
Lowry created and serves as Chair of the Cook County Cannabis Commission, working to educate the public and partners in the field and work towards progress in this developing industry. “We are proud to have Commissioner Lowry representing us on the Cook County Board because he has been a champion for healthcare and senior care in the 3rd district,” said Carol Tucker, JenCare Senior Services. “He is a wonderful voice for our community and we are glad he will continue to serve us.”
“Commissioner Lowry has been a strong advocate for economic and business development in our County and City and has made it a priority to increase participation from minority and women-owned vendors,” said Chef Cliff Rome of Peach’s Restaurant and Rome’s Joy Companies. “We are blessed to have a public servant who is also a man of the community, someone who is authentic and builds connections with his neighbors and constituents.”