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2019 Chicago Mayoral Election

Coverage of Chicago's mayoral elections, from the candidates to runoffs and results.

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Mayor-elect Lightfoot at black women’s event: ‘Black folks, we need to step up.’

"If we don’t take care of our people and our neighborhoods, and our communities, how can we expect other people to do that?" Lightfoot told the crowd of women.

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Game of Thrones Chicago style? — Lightfoot heading for battle royal with Council

It was a portentous day in the lead up to Monday’s swearing-in ceremonies for both Lightfoot and the new City Council.

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Just ignore those 5 pieces of bad advice, Lori Lightfoot

Whenever you hear a machine politician’s public relations flack telling you to minimize the fight against corruption, it’s a diversion tactic.

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Unions that bet on losing mayoral candidate celebrate Council shift: ‘We won’

And in their first major foray into Chicago politics, the International Network of Charter School's political fund saw 10 supported candidates win.

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Lori Lightfoot’s historic win is a firm mandate for political change

Lori Lightfoot's election brings hope for ethics reform, economic development and getting rid of entrenched "machine" politics.

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Lightfoot meets with Emanuel to begin transition after landslide win

With only 47 days to put together a government, Lightfoot reaffirmed her commitment to deliver public safety to every corner of Chicago.

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Little fanfare among some black voters over historic mayor’s race

"Change" vs. "experience" cited among voters at 1 polling place — and a few gave both choices a shrug despite certainty of 1st black woman as mayor

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EDITORIAL: You’ve made history, Lori Lightfoot. Now make more . . .

So what'll it be, Mayor-elect Lightfoot? Jane Byrne or Harold Washington? Accommodation or fundamental reform? We're thinking Harold and reform.

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Chicago’s next mayor will lead a great, and tragic, city

Chicago is a great city that brings visitors from around the world. It's also a tragic city where children are neglected and attend bad schools.

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History lessons: Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle and the road not taken

To state it plainly: there was no "consensus" black candidate in 2019, yet there will be a black mayor for the first time since 1989.

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Mayoral candidates rally voters, volunteers in Sunday sprint to the finish

Toni Preckwinkle's day started at 5 West and South Side churches while Lori Lightfoot marshaled her troops at 3 West and South Side campaign offices.

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Is Chicago headed for Council Wars II?

The last time Chicago elected a reform-minded mayor, all political hell broke loose. Will the April 2 mayoral and aldermanic elections usher in Council Wars II?

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Chicago mayoral money-tracker: Preckwinkle beats Lightfoot in final money chase

Use our map and searchable database to understand how the election for Chicago's next mayor is being funded.

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Lightfoot faced withering criticism over handling of lawsuit tied to fatal fire

Lori Lightfoot oversaw the city's 911 center and was blasted for how she dealt with a lawsuit over the city's response to a fire that killed 4 kids.

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Chance the Rapper endorses his 2nd choice: Toni Preckwinkle

The endorsement gives Preckwinkle a sorely needed victory in the campaign’s crucial home stretch.

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EDITORIAL: Finish the job, Chicago, and elect Lori Lightfoot for mayor

This election is about one thing: Upending Chicago's corrupt political system. On that score, only one candidate has earned your vote: Lori Lightfoot.

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Lightfoot closing runoff campaign with a light touch ad featuring her daughter

As Lori Lightfoot reiterates her core campaign pledge, her daughter Vivian tiptoes into the room, offers a mischievous wave and starts "flossing."

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Fact-check: Preckwinkle undersells track record of affordable-housing program

Preckwinkle criticized a city program aimed in part at increasing the supply of affordable housing in better-off neighborhoods that have high rents.

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U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush: Strong black women do not intimidate or threaten me

I will be extremely proud to see a black woman lead Chicago. Because, a black woman making history is not a nightmare for this black man.

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Sanders-inspired Our Revolution Chicago endorses Lightfoot

Getting the nod from the Clem Balanoff-led group sets the stage for U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to endorse mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot.

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Toni Preckwinkle adds Teamsters Joint Council to list of union endorsements

The 100,000-member strong Teamsters Joint Council 25 endorsed Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday for mayor.

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Chance the Rapper piles on alderman at center of City Council ‘s—‘ storm

"That Sposato guy is the one who payed legal fees for the cop that killed Bettie Jones. Right?" Chance tweeted on Wednesday.

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Was Preckwinkle complimenting Lightfoot or reminding voters she’s a lesbian?

"We all have a responsibility in public life to be conscious of what we say, how we say it and the impact on the listener," Lori Lightfoot says.

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Wilson endorsement caps good week for Lightfoot’s mayoral campaign

"I'm looking forward to working with him," Lightfoot told the City Club of Chicago Friday morning.

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Lightfoot seeks to buckle up bungalow belt with firefighters’ endorsement

Lightfoot released her first negative TV ad of the runoff, won the endorsement of Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 and released new poll results.

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Poll shows Lightfoot trouncing Preckwinkle; CTU dismisses it as ‘trash’

The phone poll of 400 voters likely to cast ballots in the April runoff showed Lightfoot ahead 58 percent to 30 percent; 12 percent were undecided.

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Cheers for Lightfoot vs. Preckwinkle, boos for Ed Burke re-election

The same voters who chose two African-American women for the mayoral runoff also re-elected a dinosaur, federally indicted Ed Burke, as alderman.

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Lightfoot hangs tough for an amazing turnaround by any standard

BROWN: Lucky for her, Lightfoot peaked so late that those other candidates never found it necessary to train their negative advertising on her.

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Election board officials openly discuss nightmare scenario in mayoral race

With 63,000 mail-in ballots requested, 26,000 returned, 1,000 not counted due to defects and 14 candidates, the results may not be clear right away.

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EDITORIAL: One last plug for Lori Lightfoot and four aldermanic candidates

Why voters should choose Lori Lightfoot for mayor, and Jaime Guzman, Maya Hodari, Colin Bird-Martinez and Tom Tunney for alderman.

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Lightfoot comes out swinging hours after Preckwinkle fires her campaign manager

"Preckwinkle has been a person, over the arc of this campaign, that only seems to find her way to do the right thing when she’s caught and cornered."

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Preckwinkle fires campaign manager over social media post

Scott Cizek used a photograph of Nazis on trial at Nuremberg to attack mayoral rival Lori Lightfoot.