Not sure who to vote for, Chicago? We can help
Our candidate tracker and other resources can help you decide
There’s light at the end of the tunnel if you’re itching for an end to those political ads that are interrupting your morning workout and nightly shows.
This coming Tuesday, Feb. 26, is election day.
Overwhelmed by the record-setting crowd of 14 mayoral candidates? A vast array of choices for local alderman? We hear you.
That’s why we entered the game: to eliminate the guesswork and serve as a nonpartisan, unbiased resource for data and information to help you decide.
A few easy entry portals:
Check out our candidate tracker for detailed, up-to-date financial information on every mayoral and aldermanic candidate. Where is their money coming from? How are they spending it? We also have basic biographical information for each mayoral candidate, and links to their official campaign sites.
Take a look at our voting guide, which has links to additional resources to learn about the candidates. One of our favorites is BallotReady, which lets you research candidates' positions on issues and print a sample ballot. Our voting guide also answers basic questions about how and where to vote.
Futhermore, some of our recent reports have mayoral and aldermanic analysis that could help you make up your mind. Take a look:
- Breaking barriers after Byrne: Diverse field of female candidates dominate Chicago mayoral race
- Chicago City Council members’ salaries lower than New York, L.A., but clout lies in ability to dole out committee jobs
- $46 million in aldermanic candidate spending power rests in the hands of a few
The Center for Illinois Politics is new this year. Founded by two former lawmakers, we began by focusing on Chicago for this election, but we'll soon be expanding to cover candidates, races and political trends all around Illinois in an interactive way that we feel fills a void. But we don’t exist in a vacuum. The more you share your feedback, ideas and requests with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or via email, the better we'll be!
Races + candidates
Our interactive candidate tracker lets you explore spending power, contributions and expenditures for Chicago mayoral and aldermanic candidates.
Vote by mail, vote early, or vote on election day—our guide makes it easy. We also have links to other sites where you can learn more about the candidates.