Still undecided? Before you go to the polls, peruse the Reporter's election coverage


In our admittedly unscientific poll in Friday’s election live chat, 100 percent of our chatters admitted that the media hasn’t helped them one bit in deciding who to vote for this election season.

Ooof. That’s a doozie.

But even though The Chicago Reporter doesn’t cover the day to day runnings of city politics, we have taken a bit of our time in the last few months to take a deeper look into this election.

So, if you’re still undecided, or just feeling a little nostalgic, here’s some of our best coverage of the municipal election:

The mayor’s race:

When Rahm entered the race, we dedicated a little fact-filled photo gallery to the guy. While media coverage may still be swirling about his campaign tactics, the gallery has a few fun facts and some serious eyebrow-raising one about the election front-runner.

A few weeks ago, we had Miguel del Valle sit down with us at Carter’s Barbershop for our weekly radio show. Read a little about del Valle here, or listen at Vocalo’s archives to hear the candidate’s answers to our audience’s questions.

When the Chicago Tribune snubbed candidates Patricia Watkins and Dock Walls, we hosted “the other debate,” where those candidates got to answer the same questions posed to the rest of the candidates. 

We questioned the mayoral candidates on a subject dear to our hearts: TIF reform. After an investigation by the Reporter that showed that the city’s tax-increment financing districts aren’t giving everyday Chicagoans much of a return on their investment, we asked each candidate what they’d do differently if they were in charge.

Not all the candidates thought public housing was an important enough topic to even sit down and talk about, but we covered the city’s only debate on the future of the city’s public housing.

And finally, we took a step back from the horse race to ask a few bigger questions about the election: Do white voters always vote for white candidates? Did the media call the mayor’s race, or create it? If the race is only determined by who has the most money, could a minority candidate win?

The Aldermanic Races:

We interviewed quite a few of the 17 official candidates running for alderman in Lawndale’s 24th ward. Listen to what candidates Valerie Leonard, Melissa Williams, Vetress Boyce, Wallace Johnson had to say over a few episodes of the Barbershop show.

Our publisher, Alden Loury, brought the focus back to where it should be in the aldermanic races: preventing violence on Chicago’s streets.

Reporter Angela Caputo sat down with candidate Che Smith, a.k.a. Rhymefest, for a frank talk about the bleak job market in the 20th ward.

And in Englewood’s 16th ward, we took a deeper look at whether a future Walmart will really help residents there or hurt them with candidate Hal Baskin.

And finally, just snipped from Don Washington, creator of the Mayoral Tutorial, and his election day pep talk: 

“February 22nd is not a finish line it’s the sound of the
starter’s pistol. It’s the call for us to live up to our legacy. No
matter whom wins or what fresh hell of bad choices a run-off may give us
we need to organize around our issues and change the way the game is
played. Find your issue find your people and answer the call with
teach-ins, rallies, civil disobedience and the enunciation of a positive
set of policies to change the way ‘the city that works’ actually works.
Organized money is the few dictating the life chances of the many…
organized people is the will of the many keeping the social contract

So, no matter who you choose, go vote today.  Keep the voice of the people alive in Chicago!

Photo credit: Ho John Lee

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  • For anyone who needs nonpartisan info on the election, the South Asian Progressive Action Collective has posted a great 3-part guide on its blog:

    Part 1: The Basics (find your polling place, check your voter registration status, etc.)

    Part 2: The Candidates (who's on your ballot)

    Part 3: Scorecards and Questionnaires (how the candidates measure up in community questionnaires)

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