Illinois’ midterm election may be coming to an end, but the election season isn’t over yet. In Chicago, it’s only just begun.
Chicago’s 2023 mayoral election, scheduled for Feb. 28, looms in the distance, with at least 10 declared candidates — including incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot — and several more still weighing the bids.
On Thursday morning, one of those presumptive candidates is expected to throw his hat into the ring: Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García.
García, who represents Illinois’ 4th District and was just reelected to his third term on Tuesday, first ran for mayor in 2015 against Rahm Emanuel. After a close election between the two forced a runoff, García ultimately lost.
In 2019 García was elected to Congress. He also served in the Illinois Senate and the Cook County Board of Commissioners, and gained local fame for supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
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García’s long-awaited announcement is scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. – the 40th anniversary of Harold Washington’s announcement of his Chicago mayoral campaign.
Washington, whom García considered a mentor and close friend, in 1983 became the black mayor of Chicago.
The first round of Chicago’s mayoral election is scheduled for February 28. If no candidate obtains 50% of the votes in this election, the first two candidates would advance to the second round, scheduled for April 4.
Here’s who is and who could still run for mayor of Chicago.
State Representative Kam Buckner
Buckner grew up in Roseland and Washington Heights, and his current residential neighborhood represents parts of Bronzeville, Gold Coast, Hyde Park, River North, South Shore, and Woodlawn, among others. His platform includes what he calls a “4-Star Plan,” focusing on safety and justice, education, economic opportunity, and stabilizing the city’s finances.
You can read more about his campaign on his website.
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A 29-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, Collins has emphasized new investments and strategies in public safety as part of his campaign platform. He has also published platform boards on education and economic reform on his website, which you can view here.
A community activist, Green has come to public attention for his work in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and he has also founded several community organizations, including the Small Business Repair Program and My turn to Own. He also focused his efforts largely on solving the problem of violence in the city.
You can find out more about Green on his Twitter account.
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Cook County Commissioner Johnson was launched into the race with powerful endorsements from the Chicago Teachers Union and the American Federation of Teachers. Johnson lives in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and previously worked as a teacher in the Chicago public school system before being elected to the Cook County Council.
You can learn more about Johnson on his Twitter account.
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Aldus. Sophie King
King represents Chicago’s fourth ward since April 2016, having lived in the area for 30 years. His campaign has focused on transparency in government, the city’s handling of violent crime, and education, with dedicated tabs on those topics on his campaign website.
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Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Lightfoot was elected mayor in 2019, winning a runoff against Cook County Council Speaker Toni Preckwinkle to replace Rahm Emanuel in office. Prior to her term as mayor, she served in a variety of positions, including president of the Chicago Police Board. She vowed to work to expand economic opportunity throughout the city and continue her work to strengthen education, police reform and neighborhood development if elected to a second term.
You can visit the mayor’s campaign website here.
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Aldus. Raymond Lopez
Lopez was elected to the Chicago City Council in 2015, representing a 15e Neighborhood that includes West Englewood, Back of the Yards and Gage Park. Lopez has been a fierce critic of Lightfoot, Sand says he would seek to overhaul public safety efforts, rebuild the city’s economy and voice support for first responders and city workers.
You can visit Lopez’s campaign website to learn more about her policies.
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Aldus. Roderick Sawyer
Sawyer comes from a family of political leaders, his father Eugene being mayor of Chicago after the death of Harold Washington. He was elected to the city council in 2011 and represents the 6e Neighborhood in the far south of the city. He is currently Chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus and sits on various committees including Education and Child Development, and the Rules and Ethics Committee.
You can read more about Sawyer on his Alderman page.
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Vallas is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and has also participated in several statewide races, losing the 2002 Democratic gubernatorial primary and losing the 2014 gubernatorial race as Pat Quinn’s running mate. . Vallas cited his experiences managing large school districts while on the campaign trail and pledged to make massive changes to city finances, address public safety issues and more effectively integrate parents. in the education system.
You can read more about Vallas on his campaign website.
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Dr. Willie Wilson
Wilson, who has owned a string of McDonald’s franchises and various corporations, has a long history of running for office in Chicago, with nominations for mayor in 2015 and 2019 and a run for the Senate in 2020. Wilson is running on a platform to “Recover, Restore and Rebuild” the city, and highlighted his efforts to give free fuel and masks to underserved communities as examples of how he would begin to tackle the city’s problems.
You can read more about Wilson on his campaign website.
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Could still run
State Representative The Shawn Ford
Ford ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2019 and has served in the Illinois General Assembly since 2007. He has primarily focused on social justice and civil rights, and has made headlines on various fronts, including his 2020 call to abolish history classes in Illinois. classrooms so that programs can be reworked to include more coverage of contributions from minority communities.
Representative Jesús ‘Chuy’ García
García lost a runoff to Emanuel in the 2015 mayoral race and was first elected to Congress in 2019. He has also served in the Illinois Senate and the Cook County Board of Commissioners , and gained local fame. for supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
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Aldus. Brian Hopkins
Hopkins has served on the Chicago City Council since 2015, representing the 2n/a Neighborhood that includes parts of Lincoln Park. He has frequently criticized Lightfoot’s agenda, opposing tax increases and calling on the mayor to provide more resources and support to fight crime in the city’s downtowns.
Former Governor Pat Quinn
Quinn served as Illinois treasurer in the early 1990s and became governor in 2009 when Governor Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. He was re-elected in 2010, but lost to Bruce Rauner in 2014. He also ran unsuccessfully for Attorney General in 2018.
Aldus. Tom Tunney
Tunney is currently the alderman of Chicago’s 44e Ward, and is also currently Vice Mayor under Lightfoot. He owns the Ann Sather restaurant chain and became famous for his opposition to the development plans drawn up by the Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family. He announced earlier this year that he would not run again for his seat in the 44e Hall.