Ald. Jose Ramirez Biography

  2nd Ward Alderman
  Jose Ramirez
  6700 W. 26th St.
  Berwyn, IL 60402
  V: (708) 749-6402


Jose Ramirez is committed to creating a Berwyn that engages and welcomes all residents with a city government that answers to the  voters. A long-time resident, Jose has been active in the community—supporting local businesses, the arts, and Berwyn schools. In addition to spending 20 years in customer service, Jose was a business owner in Berwyn for more than seven years. During that time, he saw that local merchants needed help promoting their businesses. He was instrumental in creating the Depot District Merchants Association and served as president of the organization. Jose also sat on the Berwyn Development Corporation’s Depot District Special Events Committee, which organizes and promotes events in the Depot District. In addition, he is a former board  member of the 16th Street Theater and a member of the Berwyn Historical Society.

As the child of immigrants, Jose’s parents instilled in him the importance of education. Jose takes an active role in our schools, currently sitting on the board of the South Berwyn Education Foundation, which has raised over a $1 million for District 100  schools. He also previously served as a member of the District Advisory Committee for Educational Excellence in District 100.

Jose has two children, Cristian and Jesse—straight-A students who embody Jose’s belief in education. He and his partner, Thomas Stebbins, have been together more than 25 years and were married in November 2015.