CHICAGO — February 24 is Election Day in Chicago. If you don’t know who you’re voting for, WGN’s election guide can help you out.
Use the map above to find your ward — each ward is denoted by a star. Then, click the “Meet the Candidates” link to find out information about each of the candidates running for city council in your ward.
Scroll below for short biographies on Chicago’s mayoral candidates. You’ll also find briefs on Susana Mendoza and Kurt Summers, who are both running uncontested for City Clerk and Treasurer, respectively.
Other election resources:
- Click here to find your ward and alderman
- Find your polling place and verify your voter registration
Rahm Emanuel is the incumbent mayor for the city of Chicago, having served in the role since 2011. Emanuel previously served as White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago’s 5th District. He was born in Chicago in 1959 and earned a bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College in New York before earning a master’s degree from Northwestern University. As mayor, Emanuel has added more than 200 hours to the school day and year, and implemented full-day kindergarten for Chicago students. He has also focused his administration on public safety, including programs for at-risk youth and policing strategies.
Willie Wilson is a Chicago businessman who grew up in Louisiana. Wilson spent the early part of his life in impoverished conditions before moving his way up at a McDonald’s, eventually becoming the owner of five McDonald’s restaurants. Wilson is also the founder of Willie Wilson Productions and Omar Medical Supplies Inc. He is a philanthropist, donating thousands each year to churches across the United States. Wilson has lived in Chicago since 1965.
Bob Fioretti is the alderman for Chicago’s 2nd Ward. Originally from the South Side, Fioretti earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois before earning a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. Fioretti is a practicing attorney who has been involved in more than 500 civil rights cases. He is the son of a Polish-American mother and an Italian immigrant father. Fioretti has served as alderman of the 2nd ward since 2007. As alderman, Fioretti has focused on lifting up the less-fortunate neighborhoods he feels are left out under City Hall’s current policies.
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is a Cook County Commissioner who has also served as an alderman and state senator. Garcia was born in Durango, Mexico. His father was a temporary contract laborer for the United States under its “bracero program.” Garcia gained permanent resident status and moved to Chicago when he was 10 years old, and has since become a U.S. citizen. Garcia earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has focused his mayoral run on better inclusion of immigrants in Chicago, as well as safer neighborhoods. Garcia is also in favor of elected school boards and putting a halt on school closures.
William “Dock” Walls, III
This isn’t the first go-around for William “Dock” Walls, III, who has been a candidate for Chicago mayor twice before -- and once for U.S. representative. Walls was born in Chicago and attended Chicago Vocational High School. He later graduated Tuskegee University with honors and the Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Walls is an advocate for the Bible to be taught in public schools, and believes that mayors in Chicago should have term limits so as to avoid corruption in City Hall.
Susana Mendoza is running uncontested for Chicago city clerk. Mendoza became the first woman to hold the office after being elected in 2011. Susana Mendoza also served six terms as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011.
Kurt Summers is running uncontested for Chicago treasurer. Summers was born and raised on the city’s South Side. Summers previously held positions as a senior vice president at Grosvenor Capital Management and as chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Elyse Russo, Thomas Owen, Jordan Muck, Aubrey Pringle and Nicholas Greenhalgh all contributed to this report.