Sizeable runoff wins in majority-Black precincts allowed Johnson to erase a 60,000-plus vote deficit from the February general election.
In the April 4 runoff between Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson, voter turnout may be what decides the outcome.
Sluggish turnout, racial preferences and switching allegiances all influenced Chicago’s election, shows a WBEZ analysis.
The discourse that once ran through Black Chicago for decades about unity around a Black consensus candidate has waned.
This past November, Chicago witnessed its lowest voter turnout for a midterm election in the past 80 years.
WBEZ senior editor Alden Loury reflects on the history of the LeClaire Courts public housing development, his childhood home.
And, across Illinois, the COVID-19 death rate is 22 times higher for the unvaccinated than for fully inoculated residents as breakthrough cases appear to be far less lethal.
The unvaccinated are fueling a bleak third wave of COVID in Cook County, with weekly death tolls four-fold than just a month ago.
And cases have increased most among residents in their 20s and 30s.
Since the variant arrived in December, the city has seen the state’s fastest growth in COVID-19 cases, particularly among Black residents and young adults.