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University executive vice president joins Lightfoot’s transition team

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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 finances. His task force will address budget deficit and other financial issues the city faces. Bethke...

A look back at Chicago’s most iconic mayors

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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 Daley,” said DePaul sophomore Emily Burnett. “And to me, that seems like Chicago wants something ne...

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

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)

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 with 73.6 percent of the vote to Preckwinkle’s 26.3 percent, the largest margin of victory i...

Chicago treads to the polls with surprisingly low voter turnout

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.

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 539,000 votes had been cast, making up about 34 percent of registered voters in Chicago. This ...

Election Coverage

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.

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 a late surge in the polls, former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot topped the 14 candidates vying ...

Preckwinkle brings ambition, experience to mayoral race

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.

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 says have influenced her decision to go into public service, including alderman of the 4th Ward, Cook...

Susana Mendoza strives to help underrepresented communities

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

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 been quite the competition, with Mendoza as one of the leading candidates. If elected, she will...

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

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.

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 empty promise. For weeks, flyers circulated online and on college campuses advertising a “Party ...

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 our city’s fate will be decided Feb. 26, here are where the candidates stand on three of the race...

Bill Daley aims to make his own mark with mayoral campaign

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.

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 candidacy will mean for the city. One name in the race, however, is undoubtedly familiar to Chicagoans: Bill D...

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