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Spotlight Politics: Challenges and Shenanigans in the Mayor’s Race

The race for Chicago mayor is intensifying and the feuding among candidates has begun. We take a deep dive into the 2019 municipal election and other top political headlines in our weekly roundtable.

Mayor Emanuel: Change State Constitution on Pensions

In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

He may be leaving office soon, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about to put forward a proposal that’s likely to generate controversy as the race for his successor heats up.

Madigan-Connected Alderman Responds to Election Fraud Allegations

A ‘Chicago Tonight’ Exclusive

Ald. Marty Quinn, 13th Ward, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 10, 2018.

David Krupa, a 19-year-old aldermanic candidate, alleges election fraud as he tries to take on Ald. Marty Quinn, a top ally of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, in the 13th Ward.

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Differ on Elected School Board

“I’m proud to receive the support of the Chicago Teachers Union, of SEIU Healthcare, of SEIU 73,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle secures a mayoral endorsement from the Chicago Teachers Union as candidates stake out positions on an elected CPS board. 

Spotlight Politics: Top Spot on Mayoral Ballot Goes To …

A lesser-known mayoral candidate wins a lottery to get the top spot on February’s ballot. We take a deep dive into that and other top political headlines in our new weekly feature.

Ald. Ed Burke Holds High-Dollar Fundraiser Amid Federal Probe

In this May 4, 2011 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

Powerful Ald. Ed Burke, who is under federal scrutiny, holds a fundraiser as mayoral candidates start to distance themselves from the embattled chair of the City Council Finance Committee.

Chicago Mayor’s Race: Candidates Challenge Petition Signatures

Candidates for Chicago mayor have now officially entered the rough and tumble part of the contest, and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says other campaigns are trying to silence her voice.

Embattled Ald. Ed Burke Facing Re-Election Challenge

Ald. Ed Burke speaks to “Chicago Tonight” and other media after returning to his home on the Southwest Side on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Earlier in the day, federal agents conducted a raid on his offices. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune via AP)

As powerful Ald. Ed Burke deals with fallout from the federal raid on his city and ward offices, four candidates have quietly lined up bids to try and unseat him in the 14th Ward.

FBI Raids Offices of 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke

| Amanda Vinicky
Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

The FBI executed search warrants Thursday at both the ward office and City Council office of powerful Ald. Ed Burke, City Council’s longest serving member. What Burke had to say about the day’s events.

Controversial Lincoln Yards Proposal to Get Public Airing

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

It’s a $6 billion city-within-a-city proposed for a densely populated area on the city’s North Side. Why the massive project is getting so much pushback.

Domestic Disputes Can Lead to Workplace Violence Against Women

A memorial at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, the day after a shooting at the Near South Side hospital. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Dr. Tamara O’Neal was shot and killed Monday after her ex-fiance confronted her outside of Mercy Hospital. But when it comes to workplace violence against women, O’Neal’s story is not uncommon. 

The Race Begins: Mayoral, Aldermanic Candidates File to Run for Office

Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.

And they’re off. Candidates for Chicago mayor, alderman and other municipal posts made it official on Monday, the first day they were able to file petitions with the Chicago Board of Elections.

Bob Fioretti Makes Moves to Run for Chicago Mayor

Attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Former 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti, who tried to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, and ran against Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board president in the 2018 Democratic primary, appears to be running once more for mayor.

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Running for Chicago Mayor

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 14, 2018.

She’s officially in. One week after winning re-election as comptroller, and after weeks of speculation and leaks, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza will run for mayor of Chicago. 

After Midterms, Chicago Mayor’s Race Now Front and Center

Like it or not, another race is in full swing: the contest for Chicago mayor.

J.B. Pritzker Defeats Gov. Bruce Rauner in Race for Illinois Governor

The billionaire Hyatt hotels heir handily defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday, closing out one of the most expensive statewide races in U.S. history. 

For Chicago Voters, Confusion Clouds Ballot Questions

Beyond selecting candidates, voters face a number of ballot questions that they’ll be asked to weigh in on. But will the results count?

City Knew About Elevated Lead Risk with Water Meters in 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)

City officials were aware of data that showed elevated lead levels in the water of homes that had recently had water meters installed, according to a 2013 study by the city’s Water Department and the U.S. EPA.

City Finds High Levels of Lead in Water of Some Homes

The mayor’s office seeks to downplay a just-released study that found high levels of lead in nearly 20 percent of city homes that were tested.

The Race for Illinois Governor 2018: J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker wins the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor in the primary election on March 20, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

From a childhood marked by privilege and tragedy to a life of business success and philanthropy, we bring you an original, in-depth look at the life of Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

Aldermen Consider $2 Billion Plan to Get Lead Out of City Water

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City Council members tackle a $2 billion problem they say they can no longer avoid. But how will it be paid for?

Police Board Differs with Superintendent on Firing Cops

Why the majority of Chicago police officers recommended by the police superintendent to be fired this year have instead kept their jobs.

Pritzker Campaign Staffers Allege Racial Discrimination

| Amanda Vinicky

Ten minority staffers working for J.B. Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign have filed suit in federal court for racial discrimination and harassment, alleging they were subject to less favorable treatment than their white counterparts.

Mayor Emanuel Prepares to Release His Final City Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In his final budget before leaving office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising no major tax or fee increases, but there are significant new costs. How will they be paid for?

Could Trump, Sessions Derail Chicago’s Police Consent Decree?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have entered into an agreement to reform the city’s police department. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it would increase Chicago homicides.