By Meg Anderson
Standing before his supporters Tuesday night, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he looks forward to April’s run-off election and promises to keep Chicago’s working class at the forefront of his mind if elected mayor.
“This city deserves a mayor who will put people first, not big money’s special interests. I will be that mayor,” Garcia said in a celebratory speech at the Alhambra Palace restaurant in the West Loop.
By Joe Musso
Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia silenced the political doubters Tuesday night. At the end of an Election Day with lower than usual voter turnout, Mayor Emanuel failed to receive the majority needed to prevent an April 7 runoff. Garcia obtained 33.9 percent of the vote and will face off with the incumbent six weeks from now.
By Sara Romano
Wolves’ season-ticket holder Grace Garritano can remember the first game she and her husband Rob ever attended.
It was Game 7 of the 1998 Turner Cup championship series.
The couple was up in the “triple-upper nosebleed seats” of a sold-out Allstate Arena.
And the Wolves defeated the Detroit Vipers to clinch the IHL league championship.
The Garritanos were hooked.
By Dean DeChiaro
For a brief moment Tuesday night, it appeared inevitable that a Daley would return to Chicago City Hall.
But it was not to be, as law student and political newcomer John Kozlar forced a runoff with Patrick Daley Thompson, nephew and grandson of the former dynastic mayors, in the 11th Ward aldermanic election.
Medill News Service’s Election 2015 broadcast team brings you a roundup of election evening’s most important coverage, including the first runoff in the city’s history, odd polling places and a social media rundown featuring Chicago’s latest polling chatter.
By Laura Furr & Emily Hoerner
Updated 4:30 p.m. 2/25/15
Hours after the polls closed, unofficial summary data from the Chicago Board of Elections show new lows in voter turnout, with many races left unanswered.
The polling results show that fewer voters turned out in the chilly February weather than in the last decade, at only 32.7 percent of registered voters voting. Continue reading
By Karin Vandraiss and Matt Yurus
For the first time, Chicago’s next mayor will be determined in a runoff election as a group of challengers kept incumbent Rahm Emanuel from reaching the simple majority he needed for an outright victory.
The AP called the race “an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff.”
By Meredith Wilson
Voters in the 30th precinct in Englewood on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative urging citizen oversight for how tax increment financing dollars are used in their district.
Asiaha Butler, president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, said the non-binding initiative in the 30th precinct was a “soft launch” of a wider campaign for reform of the special financing program throughout the 16th ward.
By Lizz Giordano and Sarah Kramer
Political newcomer Sue Sadlowski Garza forced incumbent Ald. John Pope into a runoff to defend his 10th Ward Chicago City Council seat after a campaign that split the field between grassroots movements.
With 35 of 36 precincts reporting, Pope had garnered just 45 percent of the vote, shy of the 50 percent plus one vote threshold required for the incumbent to avoid a runoff challenge. Continue reading
Medill News Service’s Election 2015 video team brings you a roundup of the day’s most important coverage, exploring early morning voter delays, Chinatown’s low voter engagement and a social media rundown of what people are talking about around Chicago.