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Betty Archie, a Chatham resident, went to cast her vote for mayor and alderperson this afternoon at Simeon Career Academy in the 6th Ward, which also served as a polling place for some 21st Ward residents.

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It’s Election Day in Chicago, again.

I am with my Sun-Times colleagues at Navy Pier bringing you the latest runoff election news on our live blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Here’s the latest news you need to know in Chicago. It’s about an eight-minute read that will brief you on today’s biggest stories.

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This afternoon will see some showers and thunderstorms with a high near 64 degrees — some storms could be severe. Tonight will be cloudy, also with a chance of thunderstorms and a low near 60. Thunderstorms are likely tomorrow with a high near 71.

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About 36-38% of voters expected to cast ballots based on early turnout

There’s been a slight bump in voter turnout so far for Tuesday’s runoff race compared to the February election, said Max Bever, director of public information for the Chicago Board of Elections, in an afternoon update.

Things started off slow in the morning, but at around 11 a.m., polling places started seeing a couple thousand more voters than they did in February at that time, Bever said.

“It’s been a smooth and orderly Election Day so far,” he said.

Early voting was strong over the past couple weeks. Monday broke a record for early voting in a single day with about 30,000 people voting, likely to avoid Tuesday’s chance of storms.

However, overall turnout is on track to be at about 36-38% citywide, Bever said.

“It’s looking like a slow and sleepy Election Day,” he said.

The 18-to-24-year-old turnout also remains stubbornly low, Bever said.

“This has been an unfortunate trend with young people decade over decade, with 18-to-24-year-olds voting less,” he said. “It’s not the same for presidential elections, where we see much higher youth turnout.”

Check out ongoing Election Day coverage from the Sun-Times and WBEZ.

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Beagles and ballots in the 48th Ward

Lora Chamberlain came out this morning with her beagle, Donna, to vote at Stephen Hayt Elementary School in the 48th Ward.

“This is a super important election. The differences between mayoral candidates is so stark. I don’t get the lack of urgency or why people aren’t taking it more seriously,” said Chamberlain, an Edgewater resident.

She does election protection work with the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project, which trains people on election law and how to be an election judge and poll watcher.


Lora Chamberlain brought her beagle, Donna, with her to vote at Stephen Hayt Elementary School in the 48th Ward on Tuesday morning.

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Her work focuses on ensuring election integrity by making it easier and more accessible for anyone to vote.

Chamberlain said she does understand why voters might feel overwhelmed with choosing between two starkly different candidates. But she says the election is just a snapshot, it’s more about what they can do once in office.

“I encourage people to do their own research and look at what the candidates have done, not so much what they say,” she said.

“People can say a lot, but what they are actually able to accomplish is the difference.”

Check out ongoing Election Day coverage from the Sun-Times and WBEZ.

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What was your experience like voting today?

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On Monday, we asked you: Do you live in an apartment? If you could say anything to your neighbor — without consequence — what would you say?

Here’s what some of you said…

“Are your feet made of lead??” — Randy Volz

“Sound proof your apartment if you are going to play piano all day long!!!!” — Maryellen Karas LaJeunesse

“Why do you always have to vacuum at 2 o’clock in the morning?” — Patty Dowdalls Martin

“Close your blinds I always see you naked.” — Ralph Furley

“I can hear you.” — Najwa Bournias

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