Who to Contact

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D)

  • In May 2013, Emanuel proposed amendments to Chicago’s bike ordinances, including increasing the following fines:
    • Cyclists’ traffic violation tickets from the standard $25 to $50–$200
    • Drivers who door cyclists from the current $500 to $1,000
    • Drivers who leave their doors open in traffic from the current $150 to $300
  • Emanuel champions the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, which aims to increase bikeways build infrastructure.
  • In his Chicago 2011 transition plan, the mayor pledged to install more than 100 miles of protected bike lanes in the city.
  • The mayor’s office co-sponsors the city’s annual Bike to Work Week and the year-long Bike Chicago program.

Contact Rahm Emanuel

Phone: 311
Mail: 121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago City Hall, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady (R)

Currently State Senator representing District 44

  • Senator Brady’s online contact form
  • For mailing addresses and telephone numbers for both his state capitol and Bloomington offices, click here.

Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate Kirk Dillard (R)

Currently State Senator representing District 24

  • In May 2013, Dillard sponsored legislation that would increase penalties for driving school buses, limousines, taxicabs, or other passenger vehicles while under the influence.
  • Senator Dillard’s online contact form
  • For mailing addresses and telephone numbers for both his state capitol and Westmont offices, click here.


Chicago is made up of 50 wards, each of which is run by an alderman. These elected officials serve a four-year term and make up the body of the City Council, which meets once per month. Chicago’s aldermen have extraordinary influence over local issues in their wards — including traffic control — and some can be very responsive to constituent requests. Find your ward and alderman here, then look up their contact info here. Bobby’s accident took place within the boundaries of the 27th ward, whose alderman is Walter Burnett, Jr..

Alderman Burnett proposed naming the northwest corner of Clyborn Avenue and Larrabee Street as "Honorary Bobby Cann Way".

State Lawmakers

The Illinois General Assembly is currently made up of 118 members of the Illinois House of Representatives and 59 members of the Illinois Senate. These lawmakers serve two-year terms and have the power to bring bills, resolutions and statutes to fruition on the state level. You can search for your local state lawmakers via the State Board of Elections’ website.

For Bobby’s case, it may also be effective to contact those who serve on the senate Vehicles & Safety Committee as well as the Public Safety Committee. You can also contact Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation Ann L. Schneider, who’s currently chairing a statute entitled the Bikeway Act, which highlights the urgent need for safe bikeways and the appropriation of funds to create them.