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Thursday, Mar 7, 2019 at 7:51 PM

Lightfoot, Preckwinkle Debate in First Forum

Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle squared off in the first televised forum of the final two candidates for Chicago mayor Thursday night. The two came face-to-face amid an already acrimonious campaign...View gallery »

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Friday, Feb 15, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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By Shelby Bremer

Here's Who's Running for Mayor of Chicago

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  • Gery Chico
  • Bill Daley
  • Amara Enyia
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:42 AM
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By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Currently Running for Chicago Mayor

Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to run for mayor of Chicago. Here's a look at who's in the running.View gallery »

  • Dorothy Brown
  • Gery Chico
  • Bill Daley
Thursday, Oct 18, 2018 at 2:19 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Running for Chicago Mayor

Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to run for mayor of Chicago. Here's a look at who's in the running.View gallery »

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Dorothy Brown
  • Gery Chico
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 at 5:48 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

These Are the Candidates Running for Chicago Mayor

Though Election Day is months away, several candidates have already announced their intention to take on Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Here's a look at who's in the running to run Chicago.View gallery »

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Dorothy Brown
  • Neal Sales-Griffin
Wednesday, Dec 28, 2016 at 6:40 PM
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By Tom Schuba

New Taxes Chicago Residents Will Face in 2017

At the start of 2017, Chicago residents will face a host of new taxes and fees, from a substantial property tax hike to a new bag tax at the grocery store. Here’s a look at some of the new city laws...View gallery »

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Friday, Mar 11, 2016 at 7:25 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Presidential Candidates Visit Chicago Area

Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz made appearances in the Chicago area Friday, days ahead of the Illinois primary election.View gallery »

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Monday, Apr 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM
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By Summer Concepcion

25 Odd Places to Vote In Chicago

Polling places for the April 7 election that add more fun to the civic duty of voting.View gallery »

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Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM
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By Summer Concepcion

18 Wards Head Into Aldermanic Runoff

NBC Chicago and Ward Room bring you profiles on the 18 wards heading into a runoff election April 7.View gallery »

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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 at 9:02 PM
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By Courtney O'Callaghan

How'd You Vote?

Chicagoans weigh in on who and why they did (or didn't) voteView gallery »

  • Riunita B
  • Sean Depp
  • Jai Henry
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