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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 ...

Gery Chico adds experience and connections to mayoral race

Gery Chico is a Chicago native and lawyer who joined in the 2019 mayoral race, which gained attention after Mayor Rahm Emanuel annnounced he would not be seeking a second term.

Carina Smith, News Editor

January 28, 2019

Gery Chico has spent his life taking on many important roles in Chicago, but now he is ready to tackle a new one: being the next mayor. Chico announced his plan to run for Chicago governor in September, shortly after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not be seeking another term. His announcement...

Casten and Underwood defeat Republican incumbents

Casten and Underwood defeat Republican incumbents

Natalia Cardenas, Jakob Emerson, Mikayla Price & Heather Stone, Contributing Writers

November 12, 2018

In two closely watched suburban Congressional districts, Democrats unseated Republicans in seats critical to their takeover of the House of Representatives. In the Illinois 6th District, covering the suburbs west of Chicago, veteran Republican Rep. Peter Roskam lost to Democratic businessman and political...

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