By Sean Froelich
Voter turnout was dismal in the general election in February. And with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia forced into a runoff election, many in Chicago took rather creative approaches to get voters to the polls this time. Here are some examples, and some other oddities seen around the city this runoff election day.
by Adriana Cargill
With two hours left to go, voters this afternoon reported empty polling stations and low turnout in Chicago’s first runoff mayoral election.
Turnout could prove critical to the outcome of this election, especially for the grass-roots campaign of Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who has cast himself as a man who represents working class Chicagoans. In contrast, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has battled an image as a politician who represents corporate and wealthy interests. Continue reading
The Medill News Service’s Election 2015 video team is hosting three separate electioncasts today. In our first update, Lukas Voss and Empriss Campbell tell us about the candidates’ schedules, continuing reaction to last week’s controversial mayoral debate, high early voting turnout and how the 15th Ward’s new demographic landscape impacts the aldermanic race.
By Amina Ismail
In last week’s debate, the moderator questioned candidate Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia about how he would deal with violence as his own son was once connected to the Chicago gang scene. The question was met with boos from the audience and Mayor Rahm Emanuel came to his opponents defense noting that the line of questioning was unfair.
The issue of whether the question should have been asked in the first place has Chicagoans split.
By Steven Chambers and Meghan Tribe
UPDATED: This story’s been updated to reflect late-closing polling places.
Residents in the 1st, 41st, 42nd and 46th wards will have an extra hour to cast their ballots in Chicago mayoral runoff election.
A judge of elections granted a petition of the Board of Election asking for voting hours to be extended in certain precincts in Chicago. Polling places in those precincts are directed to remain open and conduct voting until 8 p.m. All voters in line as of 8 p.m. will be permitted to vote.
This could have an effect on the race for alderman in the 46th ward. Alderman James Cappleman is fighting to keep his seat against challenger, Amy Crawford. Issues in the runoff have focused on crime, poverty, affordable housing and economic development. Crawford forced a runoff when she won 37.6 percent of the vote to Cappleman’s 46.7.
Polling stations in 5 wards stayed open until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. (Jasmine Sanborn/Medill)
Despite reported low turnout in the early hours of election day, Chicago voters still have until 7 p.m. in most wards to cast their ballots in the city’s first runoff mayoral election between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
But in 18 wards, residents are also voting for their aldermen in runoffs.
Hours before the polls even opened, 15th ward aldermanic candidate Rafael Yañez cautioned his supporters through his official Facebook and Twitter pages about reports of voter fraud concerning absentee ballots in the ward.
By Isabella Szabolcs
UIC’S undocumented students say President Obama’s executive actions on deportation relief for DACA and DAPA recipients are not enough. They come out of the shadows to reveal their stories and the barriers to their education.
By Andrew Fowler
Wilbur You started his own integrated marketing and development firm at the age of 22 with no investors. The company began in his parents’ basement and now the team at Youtech and Associates, Inc. is looking for even an bigger office space as they continue to expand. According to the Kauffman Foundation’s 2015 State of Entrepreneurship Address, millennials who may want to begin a new business are facing difficult challenges, with the economy still recovering and with many graduating with student loan debt.
By Nikki McGee
I Grow Chicago director Tameka Lawson is working to curb violence and provide a safe-haven for Englewood residents. She instructs community yoga classes at Peace House, which also offers art and gardening activities. Peace House is finally able to open its doors after nearly eight months of construction.
On election day, it’s all about the voters. Medill reporters took to the streets to gauge poll turnout, find out who’s changed their votes, and see how campaign advertising has impacted Chicagoans.
By Andrew Fowler
Even though Chicagoans have never experienced a mayoral runoff, they are no strangers to aldermanic runoff elections.
Medill Report’s Andrew Fowler has more.