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All eyes on city races, but don’t forget about the suburbs

With Election Day slated for Tuesday, Chicagoans are watching to see if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid a runoff and how a couple dozen close aldermanic races shake out.

But Chicago is not the only municipality with potentially close elections coming up. There are several other elections scheduled to take place in the Chicagoland area on Tuesday. Here’s what’s coming up in Lake, Will, Kane and DuPage counties.


In north suburban Waukegan (Lake County), three of the city’s nine aldermanic seats feature contested races in Tuesday’s primary.

Q+A with United Working Families Executive Director Kristen Crowell

A key organizer of the 2012 effort to unseat Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Kristen Crowell now advocates for progressive causes in Illinois as executive director of United Working Families.

Navy Pier transformation moving forward as centennial approaches

Navy Prier, Inc. President and CEO Marilynn Gardner wants to make the pier a “world-class civic space” and not just a place Chicagoans take their out-of-town guests. Gardner discussed her organization’s “reimagining” of Navy Pier during Thursday’s City Club of Chicago luncheon, explaining that the group hopes to create a destination for dining, nightlife, entertainment and the arts.


131 challenged candidates in Chicago elections, but only six off ballot so far

When the deadline for challenges to candidates’ nominating petitions for the February 2015 Chicago elections passed last week, 131 candidates faced complaints from persons seeking to boot them from the ballot. In the interim period, six candidates have withdrawn from various races, but questions remain about how the races will look in many Chicago wards.


Mayor Emanuel, CPS and Ingenuity announce $10 million investment in arts programs


Cardinal Francis George accepts Chicago’s highest honor

During its last meeting of 2014, the Chicago City Council bestowed the city’s Medal of Merit upon Cardinal Francis George. George stepped down from his position as Archbishop in November after serving 17 years in the post.

On Wednesday, George became the first person to receive the city’s highest honor in nearly a decade. The most recent prior recipient of the medal was James Hickey, who was awarded the Medal of Merit in 2004. Hickey was a U.S. Army Colonel from Chicago whose brigade aided in the capture of Saddam Hussein. 


Quinn’s days as gov. numbered, but job not over

Though Gov. Pat Quinn’s days as Illinois’ chief executive are numbered, the governor has not thrown in the towel just yet.

More than 250 candidates file to run for alderman

Monday was the last day to file nominating petitions for Chicago’s 2015 elections, and more than 250 people submitted petitions to run for alderman before the filing period closed.

With Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd) running for mayor, one of the most-closely watched aldermanic races is set to take place in the 2nd Ward. Candidates seeking to succeed Fioretti include: Stacey Pfingsten, Fioretti’s outreach director; Brian Hopkins, chief of staff for Cook County Commissioner John Daley; and restaurant group executive Bita Buenrostro.

CHA head highlights importance of partnerships to the agency’s mission ​

While speaking at a City Club of Chicago luncheon on Wednesday, Chicago Housing Authority CEO Michael Merchant stressed the importance of public and private partnerships to the agency’s success.


Election Day glitches, mishaps affect several Chicago polling places

When voters turned out for the 2014 general election, several Illinois polling locations experienced setbacks, including late start,  nonfunctional machines and a shortage of election judges.