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.
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WTTW News Explains: Why Are Chicago Elections Nonpartisan?
When Chicagoans go to the polls to vote for mayor, there’s a crucial piece of information missing from their ballots: the candidates’ political parties.
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WTTW News Explains: What Happens to Your Ballot After You Vote?
After you cast your ballot on Election Day, the paper record of your vote is just beginning a months-long journey. We explain how ballots are counted, checked and stored in Chicago.
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WTTW News Election Coverage
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.