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Election Day Is Here — And There’s No Frontrunner In Sight: ‘Chicago Has Never Had An Election Like This’

A breakdown of the closest aldermanic contests, who is likely headed for a runoff and key issues facing each ward.

Downtown

As Tabares Runs For A Full Term In 23rd Ward, Challenger Questions Her Ties To Madigan

Paulino Villarreal faces tough odds — he’s never had more than $1,000 on hand, compared to Silvana Tabares, who has close to $500,000 in her campaign coffers.

Midway, West Lawn

Candidate La Spata Apologizes After ‘Racist’ Bachelor Party Photo Criticized By Black Caucus Leader

“I apologize unequivocally for the photo,” La Spata said. “The photograph and the costumes were not racially motivated, but I understand how it could be perceived.”

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

Guzzardi, Foxx, Kaegi: Ald. Joe Moreno Used Our Photos On His Mailer Without Our Permission

“The alderman did not receive, nor did he request, my consent to appear in this mailer," state Rep. Will Guzzardi said, adding that he is "increasingly troubled" by Moreno's "conduct."

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

County Gang Database May Be Gone, But Activists Want To Know How To Help Those Whose Lives Were Already ‘Destroyed’ By It

While Sheriff Tom Dart decommissioned the gang database his office maintained, many want more information about its dismantling and an accounting of its impact on those listed.

Downtown

‘Where I Come From, If You Wore A Wire, Someone’s Gonna Kick Your Ass’: Aldermen React To Solis Helping The Feds

The bombshell report shook City Hall Wednesday. Ald. Ed Burke, charged with corruption, remained defiant: “I’m not only going to stay in the race. I’m going to win.”

Downtown

Aldermen Press Pause On Tax Break For Little Village Warehouse On Old Crawford Coal Plant Site

Opponents of the development testified that diesel trucks brought by the warehouse would increase air pollution and exacerbate respiratory illnesses.

Downtown

Demand For City-Funded Mental Health Clinics To Take Center Stage At City Hall — Again

Half of the city's mental health clinics were closed more than seven years ago.

Downtown

‘He Dined And Ditched’: Landlord Accuses Ramirez-Rosa Of Running Out On His Office Lease; Alderman Says It’s Politics

A corporation associated with M. Fishman Co. made a $5,000 donation to Rosa's opponent Yu Dieterich last month.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Burke Spurns Calls To Drop His Bid For Re-election, But Change Is Coming To City Council Regardless

Five aldermen, including President Pro Tempore Margaret Laurino and Zoning Chairman Danny Solis, are not running for re-election.

Downtown

Ald. Ricardo Muñoz Pleads Not Guilty To Charge He Attacked His Wife

His wife told reporters the abuse was not new. “This has been going on a long time,” she said.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Ald. Ed Burke Urged Burger King Franchisee To Donate To Preckwinkle Campaign, Extortion Charges Allege

Burke stepped down as chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee Friday morning.

Downtown

Ald. Ed Burke Told To Give Up 23 Guns After Being Charged With Shaking Down Burger King

Burke is the longest-serving alderman in Chicago City Council history.

Downtown

Man Who Threatened Gutierrez Staff Worked For Reboyras, Congressman Says — But Alderman Denies It

A poll shows that Jessica Gutierrez is ahead of the sitting 30th Ward alderman — and ties to her father are helping.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

New 311 App Allows Chicagoans To Report Potholes, Rats Or Employer Wrongdoing Anonymously — And Track City Response

Users can also submit restaurant inspection requests, report hate crimes and airplane noise or ask for a kit to test their water for lead.

Downtown

Campaign Worker Shot On Facebook Live While Handing Out Fliers

The worker was shot Sunday in the 6600 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police said.

Englewood, Chatham

FBI Raids Ald. Ed Burke’s City Hall, Ward Offices And Walk Off With Computers, Files

The dean of the City Council, facing re-election in February, said he did nothing wrong, and noted he's been investigated without charges before.

Downtown

Plan To Tax Sale Of Property Worth $750K+ To Replace Lead Pipes Stalls

“We’re asking those that have realized the gains in house value in areas where salaries are lucrative... to help fund areas of low income and need."

Downtown

With CPS Poised To Release 2018-19 Enrollment Data, ‘Astronomical’ Decline Expected To Continue

CPS enrollment has decreased by 11.8 percent since the since the 2006-07 school year, figures show.

Downtown

Vaping Tax, Millions In Police Misconduct Settlements Set To Be Approved By City Council

It's the first City Council meeting since Mayor Rahm Emanuel shook the political landscape by opting not to seek a third term.

Downtown
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