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University executive vice president joins Lightfoot’s transition team

Mackenzie Murtaugh, News Editor April 15, 2019

As mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot prepares to take on the city of Chicago, Jeff Bethke, DePaul executive vice president and chief financial officer, will take on the role of adviser for budget and municipal...

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A look back at Chicago’s most iconic mayors

Ella Lee, Focus Editor April 8, 2019

Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot’s landslide victory over long-time politician Toni Preckwinkle has been interpreted by many as a change to the way the city does politics. “They didn’t elect a...

Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot and her daughter Vivian Lightfoot appear with supporters at EvolveHer in Chicago Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

Benjamin Conboy, Editor in Chief April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot will be the first African American woman to be the mayor of the city of Chicago, defeating political heavyweight Toni Preckwinkle in a historic landslide election. Lightfoot won the election...

Megan Hyska, a volunteer for Ugo Okere, waits for people to walk by so she could talk about voting in the aldermanic candidate for the 40th ward of Chicago.

Chicago treads to the polls with surprisingly low voter turnout

Emma Oxnevad, Asst. News Editor March 4, 2019

Despite a wide array of candidates and a tumultuous two terms from current mayor Rahm Emanuel, voter turnout was remarkably low during municipal elections on Tuesday. By 7 p.m. on Tuesday, approximately...

Toni Preckwinkle adresses a crowd of supporters Tuesday. She will face Lori Lightfoot in the runoff election, marking the first time in history of Chicago a  black woman will be elected mayor.

Election Coverage

March 4, 2019

Chicago voters won’t elect a new mayor until a runoff election on April 2, but one thing is for sure: Chicago will have a black woman in the mayor’s office for the first time in its history. After...

In this Dec. 9. 2018 file photo, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks during a news conference at the Chicago Teachers Union headquarters in Chicago.

Preckwinkle brings ambition, experience to mayoral race

Bianca Cseke, Copy Editor February 25, 2019

When Toni Preckwinkle was a teacher with Chicago Public Schools, one of her students was killed in a drive-by shooting while standing on their front porch. It’s moments like these that Preckwinkle...

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks to the City Club of Chicago on March 20, 2017

Susana Mendoza strives to help underrepresented communities

Mikayla Price, Contributing Writer February 25, 2019

Susana Mendoza’s political career is already historical, and becoming mayor would just add to her list of firsts as a Hispanic woman. With a total of 14 candidates who made it to the ballot, there has...

Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia speaks with students at her “Party to the Polls” on Feb. 11. Chance the Rapper was scheduled to come but could not make it last minute, according to Enyia.

Amara Enyia delivers a walk to the polls, but no Chance the Rapper

Shane Rene, Managing Editor February 18, 2019

Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia kicked off early voting with a brief, sparsely- attended rally at the Daley Center Monday, Feb. 11, culminating in a chilly, three-block march to the polls and an...

What you need to know about the candidates for Chicago mayor

What you need to know about the candidates for Chicago mayor

Ella Lee and Julia Hale, Focus Editor and Contributing Writer February 18, 2019

Chicago’s mayoral race is a mere week away, and candidates have finally settled in on their positions. Given that there are 14 candidates still in the race, a runoff is expected. Though it’s unlikely...

Bill Daley speaks during a news conference in Chicago on Feb. 8. Daley is aiming to follow in his father and brother’s footsteps by running for mayor.

Bill Daley aims to make his own mark with mayoral campaign

Madi Garner, Contributing Writer February 18, 2019

In the wake of Rahm Emanuel leaving office, Chicago’s mayoral race started off as a free-for-all. With so many candidates it’s hard to pinpoint who is who, who actually has a chance and what their...

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