Politics

The race for the top ballot spot in Chicago's municipal election

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Chicago activist Ja'Mal Green speaks outside Chicago Police headquarters during a rally in 2021. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images

Roll out the (red) wagons. Today is the first day for candidates to file their petitions to run in the 2023 municipal election.

What's happening: In a Chicago tradition, candidates are expected to line up outside the Board of Elections this morning with paper petitions in hand and in cart.

Justin Kaufmann
Nov 16, 2022 - News

Tax bill sticker shock hits Chicago

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Homes in a Chicago neighborhood. Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Cook County Treasurer's office yesterday posted the long-awaited property tax bills for city homeowners.

  • And it wasn't pretty.

Veto session could fix marijuana social equity problems

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Illustration: Allie Carl/Axios

The Illinois General Assembly starts the 2022 veto session today, a two-week window when lawmakers can amend, update and pass legislation before year-end.

Why it matters: Lawmakers are expected to tweak bills on hot topics, including the SAFE-T Act and social equity provisions of the state's weed law.

Monica Eng
Nov 14, 2022 - Politics

Possible racial acrimony ahead of 2023 mayoral race

Jesus "Chuy" García poses next to a newspaper box displayed with cartoon drawings of him before greeting commuters in 2015. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

Rep. Jesús "Chuy" García announced his candidacy for mayor Thursday on a platform of unity, choosing Nov. 10 because it marked exactly 40 years since Harold Washington announced his campaign.

What they're saying: "I'm the only guy left from the Harold Washington coalition," García told the Sun-Times.

Monica Eng
Nov 14, 2022 - Politics

Wards that got out the vote

Data: Chicago Elections Board; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

High-income, mostly North Side wards showed the highest voter turnout in last week's election, per Chicago Board of Elections data.

  • The two big exceptions were Ald. Sophia King's 4th ward and Matt O'Shea's city worker-heavy 19th ward, which led the city in voter turnout.
  • The lowest turnout occurred in Ald. Ray Lopez's 15th, which includes West Englewood, and Ald. Ed Burke's 14th, which includes Archer Heights.

Why it matters: Turnout often illustrates where citizens feel invested in politics and believe government can work for them.

  • But in a vicious cycle, candidates don't have a lot of incentive to prioritize the issues of areas with low turnout.

Editor's note for screen: This chart was corrected to note Timmy Knudsen is the alderperson of the 43rd ward, not Michelle Smith.

Democrats win Illinois ... for now

Data: AP, New York Times; Map: Jared Whalen/Axios Visuals

Illinois saw a major blue wave this midterm — and a lot of that was by design.

Why it matters: The most recent redistricting of the political map by Democrats helped guarantee last night's congressional victories.

Monica Eng
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

"Chuy" Garcia to enter mayor's race

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Chuy Garcia rallies a crowd during the 2015 mayoral campaign. Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images

With the midterms in the rearview mirror, it's time to focus on the mayoral election arriving in just three months.

Driving the news: U.S. Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is expected to join the crowded field running against Mayor Lori Lightfoot today after he won re-election Tuesday night.

Democrats sweep the Illinois midterms

Data: AP; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: AP; Chart: Axios Visuals

Illinois Democrats held their ground in last night's midterms by winning almost every contested seat and maintaining a 5-2 majority in the state Supreme Court.

Why it matters: Voters cemented Illinois as a Democratic stronghold in the region.

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