Associate in Liberal Studies - Kankakee Community College
Bachelor of Social Work – Governors State University
Master of Social Work – Governors State University
Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) - Illinois Certification Board
Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong brings a diverse background to City Hall that reflects her passion for public policy, advocacy, and work that helps improve the lives of others.
Most recently, Mayor Wells-Armstrong worked for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served as Deputy District Director for Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) after working as the Constituent Services Director for former Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson (IL-11). During her time in these positions, Wells-Armstrong was able to work with constituents and the federal government to secure millions of dollars owed to taxpayers by departments like the Social Security Administration and the Veterans Administration, a part of her broader work fighting for residents of the Chicago Southland at the federal level.
Prior to her congressional work, Mayor Wells-Armstrong taught social welfare policy courses for Chicago State University, where she enjoyed helping students understand the significance of public policy and their role in shaping it.
Mayor Wells-Armstrong also has broad experience in human services, having previously worked as a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADC), an Employment Services Representative for the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), and a counselor at Indian Oaks Academy. She has been an active member of her professional association, the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter (NASW, IL), where she was elected as a District Chair for 4 years before later being elected to serve as the Vice-President of the chapter. In 2016, NASW, Illinois named her Social Worker of the Year for the state of Illinois in recognition of her contributions in the profession.
In 2015, Wells-Armstrong was elected as alderwoman of Kankakee's 5th ward, the first African-American woman elected to the office. On April 4, 2017, she was elected Mayor of the City of Kankakee, becoming the city's first African-American mayor and only the second woman elected to serve the city of Kankakee in the Mayor's office.
Mayor Wells-Armstrong and her husband Keith are longtime residents of the 5th ward, where they raised their two children. Wells-Armstrong works hard every day to fight for her fellow Kankakeeans and to deliver results for the city.
Kankakee River Metropolitan Agency (KRMA)
Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau (KCCVB)
National League of Cities
National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter
Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter of Kankakee & Iroquois Counties
Kankakee County NAACP Branch
Tyjuan Hagler Foundation
Bishop McNamara High School
Governors State University - Social Work Advisory Board
Trinity Christian College - Social Work Advisory Board
Chicago State University - Social Work Advisory Board
“I was born in the city of Kankakee and have lived in this community my entire life. One of the things I love most about this community is the connection that Kankakee families share that often spans generations. Ours is a tight-knit community with much to offer - from the unique charm of our neighborhoods and beauty of our parks to the diversity and talent of our residents. I look forward to continuing to develop a community where all Kankakeeans can dream, grow, and thrive"