Press Release: Center launches interactive Chicago mayoral race tracker
Our interactive site is a one-stop-shop for information on candidates, including their spending power, funding sources, and expenditures.
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Contact: Kerry Lester
We're excited to share our interactive, first-of-its-kind Chicago mayoral race tracker that provides personalized, behind-the-scenes data sets on the 14 candidates in the crowded and diverse field.
Entering our new data portal, voters and political observers alike can find and download answers to questions not readily apparent from the Illinois State Board of Elections or Chicago Board of Elections or the candidates’ own pages. That includes the spending power of each candidate, how much self funding has gone into respective war chests, contribution timelines, and macro and micro-level expenditures on specific staff, events and advertising over time.
Through the site, voters are also able to find their early and election day voting places, check their voter registration status, register to vote online, or request a vote by mail.
"The goal of our website is to provide an interactive one-stop-shop for information on candidates, options for casting a ballot, where to find polling places along with articles and analytics on Illinois' political dynamics," Center for Illinois Politics Co-Founder and Chair Susan Garrett said.
The Center’s continuously updated data is sourced from the publicly available filings that candidates and their committees provide to the Illinois State Board of Elections. It’s also been curated by our data advisor, Scott Kennedy of Illinois Election Data.
Garrett and former Republican Sen. John Millner earlier this month launched the the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Illinois Politics with the aim of making political data more accessible and digestible to the general public.
The Center’s primary function is the development of its freely accessible website that deals with numerous forms of political data in one place, crunching the numbers on campaign finance and political trends, as well as providing educational tools to help residents become better informed voters.
In addition to the interactive data tools, the Center publishes several nonpartisan, data-based articles each week, written by journalists and reviewed by a bipartisan board that includes Garrett, Millner, former Democratic state Sen. Jeff Schoenberg of Evanston, GOP Rep. Suzi Bassi of Palatine, former 10th District Democratic Congressional Candidate Dan Seals, University of Illinois Chicago Political Science Professor Christopher Z. Mooney, radio host Maze Jackson and others. Articles so far have included a deep dive into the fundraising by leading Chicago Mayoral female candidates, a look at the money spent in Illinois’ record-setting gubernatorial race, and how new Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s staff salaries compare to governor’s aides throughout the country.
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