Good morning, Chicago.
A dramatic election night played out Tuesday as incumbent Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot conceded defeat and two of her challengers advanced to a runoff election.
Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson and former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas will face off in five weeks on April 4. Here’s a refresher on a runoff election and why Chicago has one.
Tribune reporters and photographers fanned out across the city to cover the election. See all our election results for a look at how races for mayor, alderman, treasurer, clerk and representatives on police district councils played out.
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Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas will face-off in April against Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson to become Chicago’s next mayor as voters rejected incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s efforts for a second term after four tumultuous years marked by a pandemic, spikes in crime citywide and widespread divisiveness.
The results followed a frequently bitter nine-way race to lead the nation’s third-largest city and all but guarantees an ideological battle over the next five weeks before the April 4 runoff between two politicians with starkly divergent visions on how to lead the city.
We’re not done. Chicagoans have one more Election Day to get through to determine who will be mayor as well as several races for City Council.
In five weeks, on April 4, voters will decide if former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas or Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson will be Chicago’s next mayor, as well as who will win the alderman’s seat in several council races.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s failure to advance to a runoff election represents an astonishing fall from power four years after she was ushered into City Hall with a promise of reform.
Instead, she struggled through a storm of skyrocketing crime, the COVID-19 pandemic and a series of personality conflicts that left her labeled as a divisive leader who was unable to build political coalitions.
In a Chicago aldermanic election marked by a dozen aldermen calling it quits, incumbent City Council members who did run had an overwhelmingly good night.
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Only one incumbent was losing Tuesday, according to unofficial results. And that was 12th Ward Ald. Anabel Abarca, who had just been appointed to the seat by Mayor Lori Lightfoot in December.
Lawyers for former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan argued in a series of court filings late Tuesday that the racketeering charges against him fail to allege any connection between benefits the powerful speaker allegedly received from utility giants Commonwealth Edison and AT&T Illinois and any action he took — or didn’t — on particular legislation.
Madigan’s legal team also accused federal prosecutors of misleading the chief judge in applications to tap the phones of former Ald. Daniel Solis and later members of Madigan’s inner circle, saying they deliberately misconstrued an innocent 2014 meeting with Chinatown developers at the speaker’s law office as a possible shakedown, then later buried crucial “exculpatory” information in a footnote.
“The slow-motion departure of Patrick Kane was just another example of the disintegration of the once-proud franchise known as the Chicago Blackhawks,” writes Paul Sullivan.
“As if it wasn’t enough to trade away a franchise player for draft picks and two journeyman players, the long and torturous road to getting the deal done with the New York Rangers was akin to death by a thousand high sticks to anyone who watched Kane grow up in a Blackhawks sweater.”