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.
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.”
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 →
Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia managed to dampen the mood at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s election night party Tuesday by temporarily overcoming the mayor’s approximately $30 million war chest and forcing the city’s first-ever runoff election on April 7.
At the Journeyman Plumbers Union Local 130 on the Near West Side, Emanuel supporters waited patiently for their candidate. Emanuel received nearly 46 percent of the vote, just less than the 50-percent-plus-one vote threshold he needed to avoid a runoff. Garcia took 34 percent and Alderman Bob Fioretti took 7 percent. Willie Wilson garnered nearly 11 percent of votes and William “Dock” Walls took 3 percent. Continue reading →
The Daley dynasty may be a thing of the past, but Chicago politics are still alive and well. Between questionable politicking and social media sass, this year’s election hasn’t disappointed when it comes to shenanigans worthy of the Windy City.
1. Doughnut-debacle 2015.Best enjoyed with your own Box O’Joe, some poll watchers from Patrick Daley Thompson’s campaign were observed offering voters coffee and doughnuts prior to casting their votes.
2. Snooze button struggle. Carol Ronen, Democratic Committeewoman of the 48th Ward, said that a judge showed up late to the polling location for the 27th precinct, which delayed its opening. Voters took to social media to express their frustration.
3. Like a good neighbor. Alderman John Arena (45th) seemed a little salty about the present left at his door. Residents responded with a mix of support and questions about proof.
Focusing on athletics and academics at the same time can be difficult for young athletes, especially in a sport like hockey that requires a large time commitment and plenty of driving to get to rinks and tournaments. Bridgedale academy is trying to change that. The school is offering students the ability to practice and study in the same place. Providing excellence in academics and athletics is just one of their goals.
Alderman Bob Fioretti began his morning as many Chicagoans did- -by heading to the polls. He cast his ballot at his own polling place, an assisted-living facility at 1504 W. Van Buren, alongside fiancee Nicki Pecori. He remained optimistic about his own election day prospects, in spite of a recent Chicago Tribune poll giving him only 7 percent of the vote. “I think we are going to be in the run-off,” he said. “I think it looks pretty good,” he said.