Everything You Need to Know: The Chicago Municipal Elections

The municipal election will determine control of citywide positions that haven’t been up for a vote since 2015. On February 26th, Chicago will select a new mayor, city council, city treasurer, and city clerk to serve for the next four years. No county, state, or federal positions will be up for a vote.

The newly elected officials will face a wide range of issues, including but not limited to the city’s ongoing pension crisis, lack of affordable housing, police misconduct, underfunded public schools, and high crime rates.


About the Election

With Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run for re-election last fall, Chicago faces its first open race for the mayor’s office since 2011 with one of the most crowded fields in history that’s been populated by a number of prominent women of color.

Given the breadth of issues and candidates, UChiVotes will be doing all it can to get the UChicago community up to speed before election day. We want to be sure those who want to engage with the process know how to and have access to all the resources necessary to make an informed choice.

In the coming weeks The Gate, in partnership with UChiVotes and the University of Chicago Democracy Initiative, will be dropping a voting guide for UChicago students. Stay tuned; we’ll be updating our candidate biographies then. Here are a number of other great guides from local outlets:

This election offers voters their best chance to shape Chicago’s future until the next go-around in 2023.