Chicago Runoff Vote: Everything You Need To Know About The Mayoral And Alderman Elections


There will be another election in Chicago for candidates who did not outright win the February 28th Chicago election with more than 50% of the vote. The final vote is on April 4th. The mayor and her over a dozen mayoral constituencies face off in the end.

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Ballas and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson were two of the nine candidates running for mayor of Chicago. In the mayoral election he has 14 runoff votes.

In the mayoral race, conservative Vallas and progressive Johnson sparred for much of February’s campaign and continued to do so in the runoff. The two men are deeply divided on the biggest issues of the campaign: education and crime.

Of the 14 city council elections that have yet to be decided, six include incumbents who have not crossed the 50% threshold, three of which Mayor Lori Lightfoot was recently appointed to the seat.

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Here’s what you need to know before Election Day.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is surrounded by supporters after giving a concession speech at an election night watchman party at the Central American Carpenters Regional Council on Feb. 28, 2023.

The final matchup between Vallas and Johnson was a crushing blow for Lightfoot, who became the first permanent incumbent to fail to win re-election since Jane Byrne’s loss to Harold Washington in 1983. City Hall.

The results followed an often bitter nine-way race to lead the third-largest city in the United States.

A visibly shaken Lightfoot conceded the race just before 9:00 p.m., “I am rooting and praying for the next mayor to serve the people of the city for many years to come.” said.

Ainsley and Katherine Fraser will be voting at a polling place inside the Silby's Bar in the North Center on February 28, 2023.

You can vote by mail or in person. Early voting he started on March 20th. Check out our early voting guide, including polling places and more.

April 4th is the date of the run-off ballot and the deadline by which the vote-by-mail ballot is postmarked to be counted. April 18th This is the last day a vote-by-mail ballot (postmarked April 4 valid) will arrive at the Chicago Electoral Commission office and be included in the count.

Mayoral Candidates Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson (left) and Paul Vallas pose for a portrait before meeting with members and staff of the Tribune Editorial Board at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center on January 23, 2023.

Vallas, a 69-year-old former school principal, has long criticized the Johnson-led Chicago Teachers Union, saying the union’s suspension of work during the pandemic has hurt children’s well-being and their development across generations. Johnson, 46, has regularly described Vallas’ approach to public education as “morally bankrupt” for promoting private school vouchers and expanding charters across the country. I’m here.

On crime, Valas has established himself as a candidate law enforcement advocate to eradicate the “total lawlessness” he saw in Chicago, including by overturning police department rules that limit police performance. Meanwhile, Johnson has denounced the city’s reliance on police as a “failed” strategy and instead promised a new citywide strategy that shifts focus to community investment in housing, mental health and more.

About Paul Vallas

About Brandon Johnson

Johnson and Valas on the issue

on the campaign trail


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There are 14 runoff votes in the mayoral election.

Of the Chicago City Council’s 14 runoff ballots, six involve incumbents, three of which are the incumbents recently appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The rest include seats that were open because the incumbent decided to run for another office (including mayor) or retire.

In races involving incumbents, three of them were elected at least as far back as 2019. They are Ald. Chris Taliaferro trying to fend off Western activist CB Johnson in the 29th Ward, which includes parts of Austin and Montclair on the West and Northwest sides. Aldo. In the seesaw-shaped Ward 36 on the north and northwest sides, Leonor “Lori” Torres he confronts Gilbert Villegas. and Aldo. Jim Gardiner against Megan Mutias in his 45th Ward on the Northwest Side.

The three recently appointed incumbent races include Ald. Nicole Lee faces Anthony Ciaravino in District 11, which includes Bridgeport and Chinatown on the South Side. Aldo. In the 24th Ward, which includes Lawndale on the West Side, his leader of the creative community is Monique, who is challenged by Scott. and Aldo. Timmy Knudsen against Brian Comer on Ward 43, which includes Lincoln Park on the north side.

Other City Council races featured in the runoff vote include the 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 21st, 30th, 46th, and 48th Districts.

Many Chicagoans are voting for a new district this year after the battle to reorganize. Not sure which ward you live in? Use interactive tools.

Below are the Tribune reporters’ articles on the individual word races.

Here’s a look, by jurisdiction, at where and when residents can vote in advance of the April 4th runoff election.

Locations and hours of operation are subject to change, so please contact your local jurisdiction for the latest information.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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