VIDEO: Republican ‘win’ on stopping immigration action might backfire in next year’s election

By Mathias Meier

The Republican Party took a victory lap over last week’s court ruling that stopped President Obama’s executive orders on immigration, but they might have to face a bigger problem during next year’s presidential race.

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Chuy to workers: I will be your mayor

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.

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VIDEO: Garcia supporters celebrate first-ever runoff

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.

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Affordable tickets, quality hockey a winning combo for Wolves

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.

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Law student forces runoff with Daley heir in 11th Ward alderman race

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.

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VIDEO: Medill ElectionCast — Vote counts, parties and a mayoral runoff

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.

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By the numbers: Chicago’s 2015 elections

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

Divided voters force runoff in citywide elections

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.”

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Englewood rumbles for TIF reform

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.

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School counselor forces 10th Ward runoff

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