The 21st Show

Illinois mayoral election series: Chicago


Feb. 28, 2023 update: Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson will meet in a runoff to be the next mayor of Chicago after voters denied incumbent Lori Lightfoot a second term. Tuesday's election was a rebuke of Lightfoot, who made history as head of the nation’s third-largest city. - Associated Press Click here to read more from WBEZ.

On the Feb. 27, 2023 show, we continued our new series highlighting mayoral races happening across Illinois. During this conversation, we check in on the race taking place in Chicago. With nine candidates, including incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot, this race has been divisive, and many analysts are predicting this election is headed for a run-off. 

The 21st was joined by two journalists who have been following the race.


Tessa Weinberg

City Government and Politics Reporter, WBEZ

Gregory Pratt

City Hall Reporter, Chicago Tribune



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