Daywatch Special Edition: What You Need to Know on Election Day


Hello Chicago.

Officially, we are five weeks away from Election Day on February 28th. Chicagoans vote on the mayor, alderman, city treasurer, clerk, police district council representatives, and local referendum questions.

That’s why we’re launching a special edition of Daywatch focused on elections. Every Tuesday we will navigate the nominees and discuss issues surrounding the race.

Today, we’re profiling each of our nine mayoral candidates, and later this week, we’ll be publishing guides to early voting, which begins Thursday.Be sure to bookmark the latest.

Candidates will also participate in several forums this week.

  • On Thursday there are two forums featuring mayoral candidates. WCPT-FM will hold a forum at the Morningstar Auditorium at 22 W. Washington St. People’s unity platform Host a Candidate Forum at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4301 W. Washington Blvd.
  • Saturday afternoon is Chicago West Side Branch The Forum will be held at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5628 W. Washington Blvd, NAACP.

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Mayoral candidates, top row from left: Rep. Cam Buckner, U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chui" Garcia, Lori Lightfoot Mayor Aldo. Sophia King, Aldo. Roderick Sawyer. Bottom row, left to right: activist Jamal Greene, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Ballas, and businessman Willie Wilson.

There are nine candidates running for mayor of Chicago. Here’s what you should know about each:

Mayoral Candidates Mayor Lori Lightfoot, from left, U.S. Congressman Jesus "Chui" Garcia and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson speak with members and staff of the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center in Chicago on January 23, 2023.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday accused Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and his supporters of the teachers’ union of causing “chaos” in Chicago’s schools during her first term, prompting the U.S. to take action against Jesus. Rep. Chui” Garcia is a bogus reformer whose ties to indicted former House Speaker Michael Madigan undermine his claim to be an independent mayor.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with media representatives at 150 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago on January 12, 2023.

The Chicago Ethics Commission decided Monday that a more thorough investigation should be conducted before making a determination as to whether Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s campaign violated local ethics rules.

Nine Chicago mayoral candidates prepare to start debates at ABC 7 television studios in Chicago on January 19, 2023.

Chicago’s mayoral candidates threw off their gloves in Thursday night’s first televised debate, pitting the candidates against each other on everything from plagiarism accusations to lies about crime statistics.

Mayoral Candidate Rep. Jesús “Chuy” Garcia arrives for a campaign event at the Playas Nayaritas restaurant in the Belmont Kuragin neighborhood January 8, 2023.

The city’s Latinx community, a historically overlooked player in local politics, is expected to be important in mayoral elections, with US Congressman Jesús “Chuy” Garcia seen as a beneficiary. Despite making up about 30% of the city’s population, Chicago’s Latino voter turnout tends to be much lower than that of its black and white residents.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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