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Election 2011
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3:14pm
Wed Apr 6, 2011

Number Of Women Aldermen In Chicago Drops

Last night, the number of women elected to Chicago's City Council fell from 19 to 15.

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10:28am
Wed Apr 6, 2011

Number Of The Day: 50

That’s the number of dollars each of the estimated 100,000 votes cast during the run-off elections (as of 4 p.m. Tuesday) will cost taxpayers. The high cost is caused in large part by the low turnout, Chicago Board of Elections spokesman Jim Allen said. The more voters, the more diluted the cost becomes for each vote due to fixed costs like renting a precinct place or the actual equipment inside.
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by Progress Illinois
7:01pm
Tue Apr 5, 2011

City Council Election Liveblog: The Runoffs (VIDEO)

After tonight, Chicago's City Council will be set. Stick with Progress Illinois for up-to-the minute results and feedback from the final 14 aldermanic races.

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by Micah Maidenberg
5:52pm
Tue Apr 5, 2011

Making The Connection In The 41st Ward

Aldermanic candidates in Chicago fill out questionnaires issued by organized labor, business organizations, and newspaper editorial boards. They debate about crime and budgets, pensions and parks, the schools and the potholes. But for all of the policy positions they stake out, it's worth remembering that for many voters a candidate's connection to the community -- and to them -- looms large when it comes time to cast a ballot. And this seems especially true for a position like alderman, in a city where council members "are so much of a part of neighborhood life that Chicago is the only city where local politicos are more prominent than statewide officeholder, and even congressmen," as Ed McClelland recently wrote. This dynamic seemed to be playing out today among some voters in the 41st Ward on Chicago's far Northwest Side, where Mary O'Connor and Maurita Gavin are campaigning for the City Council seat Ald. Brian Doherty will give this spring.

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by Aricka Flowers
4:49pm
Tue Apr 5, 2011

Rhymefest Takes On Cochran In The 20th Ward Race (VIDEO)

The race for the 20th Ward aldermanic seat has been a feverish one to say the least. The candidate list of five was whittled down to two in February - even though one former candidate remained active on the campaign trail - and we sat down with Alderman Willie B. Cochran and Che "Rhymefest" Smith to discuss their race for alderman.

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4:05pm
Tue Apr 5, 2011

Down To The Wire In The 50th Ward (VIDEO)

Ald. Bernard Stone and challenger Debra Silvertstein were neck-in-neck in votes at Precinct 41 during the February elections for the 50th Ward aldermanic seat. The precinct, inside Congregation Ezras Israel on the Far North Side, had the biggest voter turnout with 368 ballots casted the first time around. Incumbent Stone got 34.51 percent of the those votes and Silverstein got 35.87 percent. There was a similar divide amongst the hurried lunch-time crowd of voters today.

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10:45am
Tue Apr 5, 2011

Empty Polling Places On Chicago's North Side (VIDEO)

In the sleek lobby of a highrise in the heart of Lincoln Park, only three people in the first hour of voting came to cast their ballots, according to a volunteer for Tim Egan, a candidate running against Michele Smith for the open seat in Chicago's 43rd Ward. It was here at polling Precinct 14 that Smith got 62.39 percent of the votes in the February election, her best showing in the ward.

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by Micah Maidenberg
9:43am
Tue Apr 5, 2011

Last-Minute Fundraising Notes About Chicago's Run-Off Elections

Polls are open in Chicago, as voters in 14 city wards make their picks for City Council. We'll have updates from the field throughout the day. But to start off, here's a quick peek at some of the late-breaking moves on the campaign fund front.

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