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Mayor Lori Lightfoot Loses Reelection Bid, First One-Term Mayor In 40 Years

Lightfoot’s historic loss marks the first time since Jane Byrne’s loss to Harold Washington in 1983 that the city has not elected a sitting mayor who ran for reelection. 


Johnson, Vallas Advance To Mayoral Runoff As Lightfoot Concedes Defeat

Vallas and Johnson represent deeply opposite sides of Chicago's political spectrum. Johnson, backed by the Chicago Teachers Union, has pushed a more progressive agenda, while Vallas has pushed a tough-on-crime position.


Paul Vallas Defends His City Residency And Stances On School Choice, Saying He’ll Bring ‘Crisis Management’ To City Hall

A familiar face in Chicago politics, Vallas has centered his mayoral campaign on public safety, although he discussed schools and his family in a Monday conversation with Block Club.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot Isn’t Bothered By Low Approval Ratings, Says She’s Ready To Continue What She Started

In a conversation with Block Club, the first-term mayor trumpeted Invest South/West, the city's first casino, ending aldermanic prerogative and closing a budget deficit as she battles eight challengers for reelection.


Brandon Johnson Wants To Support Neighborhood Schools And Make The Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share — Not Hire More Cops

In a conversation with Block Club, the Cook County commissioner said he has focused his progressive mayoral platform around large-scale social and economic programs, public safety and education.


Sophia King Has Holistic Plans To Address Crime And Schools — And Wants A Bid Whist Tournament In Chicago

In a conversation with Block Club, the 4th Ward alderwoman said she would hire more police officers, invest heavily in violence prevention and boost housing in neighborhoods with diminishing school enrollment. 


City Clerk Anna Valencia Assured 2nd Term After No Challengers Enter Race

Valencia was appointed to the position in 2017 by then-Mayor Rahm Emanuel and elected to her first full term in 2019.


City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin Is Unopposed For 2nd Term As City’s Top Banker

Conyears-Ervin, then a state representative, moved to the treasurer's office after winning a runoff in 2019.


Roderick Sawyer’s Father Is His Hero. But The Former Mayor’s Son Says He’ll Bring His Own Ideas To City Hall

In a conversation with Block Club, the 6th Ward alderman said he'd reform the city’s TIF system and Invest South/West program and intentionally focus on equity citywide. 


Kam Buckner Pledges To Fix The CTA’s Problems If He’s Elected Mayor — And He’s Anti-Dibs

In an interview with Block Club, the state representative pledged not to raise taxes for most Chicagoans and he said he would implement stricter gun control measures and streamline the police budget.


Mayoral Candidates Turn Forum ‘Into A Debate’ As They Trade Insults, Talk Crime And Policing

The sharpest attacks of the night came when the candidates were asked about crime and policing, issues which are top of mind for some voters.


Ja’Mal Green Vows To Hold Cops Accountable If He’s Elected Mayor — And He’s Not Worried About The Polls

In a lively interview with Block Club, Green said he'd expand the city's tax base, would clean house in the Police Department and CTA and ban "the boot."


Chicago Mayor’s Race: 9 Candidates Want To Run Our City. What Do They Stand For?

Eight candidates join Mayor Lori Lightfoot on the ballot, ranging from newcomers to familiar faces, covering the political spectrum from police reformers to tough-on-crime advocates.


Alderpeople, Residents Blast Chicago Housing Authority Leader Over State Of City’s Public Housing

Alderpeople hammered the public agency's top leader with scathing remarks on everything from its voucher sign-up process to complaints about building management. 


Board Of Ethics Wants Lightfoot Campaign Investigated For Trying To Recruit CPS Students With Extra Credit

A Lightfoot campaign manager emailed teachers asking them to give extra credit to students who volunteer for the mayor's reelection.


Lin Brehmer Mourned By Chicago’s Music Community: ‘There Was No Difference Between The Person And The Persona’

Radio legend Brehmer, who spent more than 30 years on the air at WXRT, died Sunday from prostate cancer.


Lin Brehmer, Radio Legend For Decades At WXRT, Dies At 68

Brehmer, whose radio career included stints in New York and Minnesota, has been a familiar voice on WXRT since 1984, when he became the station's music director. 


City Public Health Official Defends Decision To Block Metal Shredder’s Proposed Move To Southeast Side

The city rejected a permit for the rebranded General Iron metal scrapper to move from Lincoln Park to East Side. The shredder's parent company is appealing the decision.

South Chicago, East Side

All 9 Mayoral Candidates Court North Side Voters At Lane Tech Forum Sunday

Mayoral contenders traded barbs on policing, CPS and CTA as they made their pitch to lead City Hall.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

CTA Boss Blames Lousy New Year’s Eve Service On Workers Calling In Sick At ‘Extremely Higher’ Rates

“We have serious absenteeism that we have to deal with now,” Dorval Carter Jr. said. “I can’t fire employees. We don’t have enough employees as it is.”

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