At Issue: The Coming Seismic Shift In City Government

Craig Dellimore
February 28, 2019 - 9:51 pm

Toni Preckwinkle, left; Lori Lightfoot (AP)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Two political observers say having a new mayor and city treasurer won’t be the only changes in Chicago’s municipal government this spring.

Three sitting aldermen lost their seats outright in Tuesday’s elections: John Arena and Joe Moore on the North Side and the 1st Ward’s Joe Moreno. 

Heather Cherone, managing  editor of the Daily Line, points out there could be a lot of action in the April 2 runoffs and in the City council chambers.  

Two of the ousted aldermen are Chicago Council Committee chairmen, and a handful of aldermen who've been forced into runoffs are also committee chairs.

Cherone and political analyst Andy Shaw agree that victory in the mayoral runoff may depend on exactly which voters come out.

Shaw says traditionally black wards that supported Willie Wilson will be key.

Cherone notes Lori Lightfoot won solidly along the lakefront and Near North Side. If Lightfoot can hold those wards, she'll have an advantage, Cherone said.

Lightfoot faces Toni Preckwinkle in the contest to be the next mayor of Chicago.

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