As part of a special encore presentation of Eight Forty-Eight, producer Katie O'Brien revisited the milestones that marked 2011. Local sports teams and franchise players often become part of a city’s identity.
Turnout for Tuesday's runoff election was low. But there were some exciting stories among the outcomes. Four incumbent aldermen appear to have lost. Those seats represent just a portion the turnover in the council. That means a lot of fresh faces at City Hall, assuming the election results hold.
Some real gems sprang from the mind of Dan Sinker as he took on the persona of @Mayor Emanuel. Debate prep: "If we end up in a dance-off, those other bleepers are bleeping done. Black Swan, bitches!" Speech preview: "So Chicago, let's stop screwing around.
It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week Eight Forty- kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor.
Bad weather on an election day can also have a bad effect on politics by keeping voters away from the polls. In theory, early voting, which in the race for Chicago mayor got underway earlier this week, can encourage turnout.