Lowdown on Chicago runoffs and suburban elections

March 1, 2011

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It’s now been a week since Chicago voters elected a new mayor. They also picked a city clerk, treasurer and 36 aldermen. Fourteen city council races remain unsettled; they’re heading to runoff elections five weeks from now.

We’ve broken these races down into three different categories: elected aldermen seeking re-election, appointed aldermen seeking election and open seats, in which the incumbent is not seeking another term. (Don’t know which ward you live in? Go here.)

Elected aldermen seeking another term

WardIncumbent aldermanTook officeChallenger in runoffNotes
South Side's 6th WardFreddrenna Lyle - 44%1998Roderick Sawyer - 25%Sawyer is the son of former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer.
South Side's 15th WardToni Foulkes - 44%2007Raymond Lopez - 15%Foulkes faced six challengers on Tuesday.
South Side's 16th WardJoAnn Thompson - 43%2007Hal Baskin - 22%Both Thompson and Baskin ran as challengers in 2007.
South Side's 17th WardLatasha Thomas - 49%2000David Moore - 20%Thomas faced seven challengers on Tuesday.
South Side's 20th WardWillie Cochran - 46%2007Che "Rymefest" Smith - 20%The other challengers endorsed Smith this week.
West Side's 24th WardSharon Denise Dixon - 19%2007Michael Chandler - 13%This is a rematch from 2007, when Chandler was the incumbent alderman.
Southwest Side's 25th WardDanny Solis - 49%1996Cuahutémac Morfín - 28%This was a three-way race, with Ambrosio Medrano, Jr. winning 23% last Tuesday.
Far North Side's 50th WardBernard Stone - 37%1973Debra Silverstein - 34%Silverstein's husband, a state senator, walloped Stone in the ward committeeman's race in 2008.

Appointed aldermen looking for a full term

WardAppointed aldermanTook officeChallenger in runoffNotes
Northwest Side's 36th WardJohn Rice - 48%2009Nicholas Sposato - 24%Rice was appointed by the mayor to replace Ald. William Banks, Rice's former boss.
Northwest Side's 38th WardTimothy Cullerton - 48%2010Tom Caravette -22%Cullerton replaced his brother-in-law, Ald. Tom Allen, who left to become a judge.

Open seats

WardRetiring aldermanRunoff participants Notes
Northwest Side's 41st WardBrian DohertyMary O'Connor - 31%Maurita Gavin - 25%The race pits the ward's Democratic committeewoman (O'Connor) vs. an aide (Gavin) to the former alderman.
North Side's 43rd WardVi DaleyMichele Smith - 38%Tim Egan - 29%Smith is the ward's Democratic committeewoman, and lost to Vi Daley in 2007.
Northwest Side's 45th WardPat LevarJohn Garrido - 32%John Arena - 23%Levar's endorsed candidate finished out of the runoff.
North Side's 46th WardHelen ShillerJames Cappleman - 20%Molly Phelan - 20%Cappleman and Phelan got the exact same number of votes.
  
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Lots of action outside Chicago on April 5th

There are hundreds of races going on in Chicago's suburbs on April 5th. Find out who's running in your town by checking out the website of your local election authority: