Election Day: Top news today in Chicago politics

Election Day: Top news today in Chicago politics
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By Hoodline - Published on February 26, 2019.

What’s trending in your locale? Hoodline sifted through top local news to the top stories about politics in your area.

Live blog: Low voter turnout, polling place problems and more in Chicago's municipal elections

Election Day has arrived in Chicago, with voters across the city heading to the polls Tuesday.

Here's a look at live updates from voters and polling places across the city as the 2019 municipal elections are underway.

Follow along with the full story at NBC Chicago.

Why Chicago's next mayor may not be decided by tonight

The Chicago mayoral election is here, and campaigns up and down the crowded ballot are gearing up for a fight.

That battle will, in all likelihood, continue beyond Tuesday, as polls show that no candidate in the field is remotely close to the 50 percent of the ballot needed to win the election outright. If no candidate reaches that threshold, then a runoff election will be held on April 2 between the top two vote getters in the February vote.

Read the full story at NBC Chicago.

Elon Musk’s high-speed Chicago rail project could hinge on the mayoral election

Elon Musk’s plan to dig 18-mile-long underground tunnels between Chicago’s Loop and O’Hare International Airport was never a done deal, and after the February 26 mayoral election to replace Rahm Emanuel, the project may never be realized.

On the surface, Musk’s pledge to fund the $1 billion high-speed train system through the Boring Company at no cost to the city seems like a win-win, but as a new report from The Verge revealed, momentum may be building against the O’Hare Express System. With Mayor Emanuel on his way out, his pet project might not survive.

Read the full story at The Architect’s Newspaper.

The race for Chicago's city treasurer is unusually competitive this year. Here's what to know as results come in.

There aren’t 14 candidates vying for the office, but like the race for Chicago mayor, the campaign for city treasurer attracted more candidates than usual this year.

Voters on Tuesday have a choice from three candidates to replace outgoing Treasurer Kurt Summers: state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, 47th Ward Ald. Ameya Pawar and Peter Gariepy, an accountant who ran unsuccessfully for Cook County treasurer last year.

Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune.

Chicago election has potential to change face of City Council

With 160 candidates running for alderman, the Chicago City Council could be seeing a major makeover in May.

But in five wards (the 2nd, 32nd, 37th, 38th and 42nd), residents will not be seeing any change because their aldermen are running unopposed. In five other wards, the incumbent is not running for re-election either because they’re retiring or facing an upcoming corruption trial. And in the 14th Ward…

In Chicago’s 14th Ward, the incumbent has been charged with corruption and is still in the running.

Read the full story at WTTW.

The race to replace a Northwest Side dynasty

For the first time in more than half a century Far Northwest Side voters won’t see the name Laurino when they vote for their local alderman.

Ald. Marge Laurino’s pending retirement is ending her family’s 54-year hold on the City Council seat, and openng [sic] the door open to four candidates vying to represent the 39th ward.

Read the full story at the Chicago Sun Times.