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State Rep. Kam Buckner, D-Chicago, announces his campaign for mayor on May 12, 2022. (WTTW News)

Buckner told WTTW News he decided to run for mayor because Chicago needs a leader who is “fearless and compassionate.”

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses the news media Monday, May 2, 2022. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

“I’ll take on all comers,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a news conference Monday afternoon. “I fear no one.”

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U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 25, 2019. (WTTW News)

While weighing a bid for mayor, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said a poll he conducted showed he would force Mayor Lori Lightfoot into a runoff and beat her by 10 percentage points.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses the news media Tuesday April 19, 2022. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

“Like any good gardener, when you plant the seeds, you till the soil, you watch the shoots rise up from the garden, you want to be there to reap the harvest,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said this week as mayoral challengers begin to line up.

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Newton Minow appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoon on April 18, 2022. (WTTW News)

A Chicago native, John Rogers is a longtime friend of former President Barack Obama.

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Philanthropist and businessman Willie Wilson is once again running for mayor. (WTTW News)

Philanthropist and businessman Willie Wilson is once again running for mayor. It’s the third time he has sought the top job at City Hall. Wilson’s previous two mayoral bids were unsuccessful, as was his run for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

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Willie Wilson announces he will run for mayor of Chicago. (Heather Cherone/WTTW News)

Flanked by a large group of friends, supporters and religious officials, Willie Wilson made the announcement Monday in his condominium overlooking Lake Michigan and Navy Pier.

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In his bid to oust  Mayor Lori Lightfoot from her 5th floor suite of offices, Lopez will give up his seat on the City Council representing Brighton Park, Back of the Yards and Gage Park and West Englewood.

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Ald. Raymond Lopez appears on Chicago Tonight by Zoom on May 20, 2021. (WTTW News)

Raymond Lopez, first elected to represent the 15th Ward on the Chicago City Council in 2015, has been one of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most frequent critics.

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Arne Duncan appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 22, 2016. (WTTW News)

Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday that he would not run for mayor of Chicago in 2023, removing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s most prominent potential challenger from the growing field of prospective candidates.