WTTW’s 2023 Voter Guide is your comprehensive library of resources for the Chicago runoff municipal election on April 4. You will find candidate profiles, searchable by race or candidate; responses to localized candidate questionnaires; a map of Chicago searchable by wards; and links to ongoing political coverage from WTTW News. Find your polling location for voting on election day.

Candidates with questions about the Voter Guide can email [email protected].

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Mayor Brandon Johnson takes the rostrum in the Council Chambers for the first time on Wednesday, May 24, 2023. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

Chicago City Council Votes 41-9 to Ratify Johnson’s Picks for Leadership Team

The vote represents a reversal from March 30, when nearly two-thirds of the Chicago City Council voted to approve a declaration of independence — five days before Mayor Brandon Johnson defeated former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas in the runoff.

Chicago City Hall. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Mayor Brandon Johnson Faces Trial by Fire at 1st City Council Meeting

When Mayor Brandon Johnson picks up the mayor’s gavel for the first time, he will have been in office for just 10 days — and if he had a brief honeymoon, Wednesday’s meeting of the City Council will signal its end.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Ward) stands to speak at the Dec. 14, 2022, Chicago City Council meeting. (WTTW News)

Indicted Former Ald. Carrie Austin Collecting More Than $114K Annual City Pension, Records Show

Former Ald. CarrieAustin is now receiving more than $9,500 per month in pension payments for the rest of her life, according to records obtained by WTTW News from the Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago. If Austin is convicted, she could lose her pension, since her conduct occurred as part of her official duties as an alderperson.

Mayor Brandon Johnson delivers his inaugural address on Monday, May 15. (City of Chicago)

Brandon Johnson Sworn in As Chicago’s 57th Mayor: ‘There Is Something Special About This City’

Capping an improbable rise and carrying the hopes of a political movement determined to remake Chicago as a more equitable place to live, Brandon Johnson was sworn into office Monday as Chicago’s 57th mayor.

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson takes questions from the news media after meeting with Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday, April 6. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

As Brandon Johnson Takes Control of Chicago City Hall, Massive Challenges Await

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson had just 41 days to put together his administration and lay the foundation to start delivering on his ambitious agenda — the shortest mayoral transition in Chicago history.

(WTTW News)

Brandon Johnson Commits to Reopening Chicago’s Public Mental Health Clinics Closed 11 Years Ago

“We are going to reopen the mental health clinics,” Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson said in an interview with WTTW News, putting it first in a list of his top priorities.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fields questions from the news media on Feb. 7, 2023, after the WTTW News mayoral forum. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News)

Analyzing Lori Lightfoot’s Legacy: A Combative Mayor Whose Reform Push Faltered Amid Pandemic Woes, Self-Inflicted Wounds

Lori Lightfoot ends her historic term as the first Black woman and first out gay person to serve as Chicago’s mayor on Monday, leaving a fractured city still struggling to recover from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic that served to spotlight Chicago’s deeply entrenched problems.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivers a farewell address on May 8, 2023. (WTTW News)

Lightfoot Bids Farewell, Claiming Credit for ‘Breaking up the Status Quo’ and ‘Planting Seeds’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared to acknowledge that she ends her single term as mayor with work undone. At several points, she claimed credit not for accomplishments, but for “planting seeds” that will lead to the city's transformation into a more equitable place to live. 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to address the City Council on April 19, 2023, at her last meeting as mayor. (WTTW News)

Lightfoot Watches in Silence as Departing City Council Members Laud Her, Each Other at Final Meeting

Mayor Lori Lightfoot declined to address the City Council at her last meeting as mayor, passing up the chance to begin shaping her legacy as the city’s leader during four of the most tumultuous years in Chicago history.

(WTTW News)

End of the Burke Era: A 54-year Political Reign at City Hall Comes to a Close

Ald. Ed Burke, 79, is likely to complete his 54 years as a City Council member without any of the pomp and circumstance that once would have greeted his departure from his beloved City Hall, which he ruled with an iron fist for decades.