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"Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle will advance to the April 2 runoff in the fight for Chicago mayor, ensuring that Chicago’s next mayor will be an African American woman who has promised to steer the city along a more progressive path, as voters rejected a bid by Bill Daley to become the third member of his family to be Chicago mayor.

Early returns suggest Lightfoot won the North, Northwest and Lakefront wards (1st, 32nd, 33rd, 40th, 48th, and 49th) while Preckwinkle won around her home base on the South Side (3rd, 4th, 5th and 8th), according to unofficial results from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners."

February Election Turnout

Chicago registered voter turnout history graph since 1967
"Despite all of the handwringing in the last 24 hours yesterday's turnout was a perfectly normal one. It wasn't anything special or historic, just ordinary for a modern Feb Chicago municipal and will likely finish higher than four years ago." Courtesy of IL Election Data, February 27, 2019

For details on the vote tabulation process by the Board of Election Commissioner for the City of Chicago, click here for the pre-election timeline and click here for further background and explanation.

"For only the fourth time in the last century, Chicago voters will head to the polls Tuesday to pick a new mayor from among 14 challengers vying to replace retiring Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

With no clear front-runner, polls suggest that no candidate is even close to getting the more than 50 percent of the vote needed to win outright — and avoid an April 2 run off. ...

The election will be certified March 13."

Note: the article also includes links to aldermanic race predictions

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Bill Daley: ‘Progressive is just because Democrats didn’t want to call themselves liberals anymore because it was such a negative term’Interview by A.D. Quig, Feb. 1, 2019

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