Chicago has elected a number of Latinos into political office, including aldermen, county commissioners, state representatives, and members of Congress. But the city has never had a Latino mayor.
Could 2019 be the year?
Host Becky Vevea interviews Victor Reyes, a top member of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s administration and leader of the now defunct Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO). And WBEZ’s Claudia Morell explains why a Chicago electorate split into nearly even thirds has yet to produce a Latino mayor. Plus, a look at the possible candidates ahead of the February mayoral election.
Each week at On Background, WBEZ’s team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. Host Becky Vevea and guests take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to better understand the people, places and forces shaping today’s politics.