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2019 Chicago Runoff Elections

Chicago is on the cusp of a new political era. Movements for fundamental change—led in no small part by the CTU—have altered the political calculus in this city. We drove out Rahm Emanuel and we have a chance, now, to impact who runs City Hall. We’ve taken the reins in that process. Now, we need every member and supporter to put in the work.

Let’s make CTU’s vision the dominant narrative in this election.

Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor

The CTU has endorsed Toni Preckwinkle for the next mayor of Chicago because of her exceptional education platform and service to the city and county.

Latest from CTU on the Mayoral Race

Mendoza cements Lightfoot’s role as Rahm’s heir apparent
Machine politician’s endorsement of Lightfoot comes as growing number of #RahmsCoalition members jack up campaign contributions and political backing for Read more.
Sharkey: “Grave concerns about Lori Lightfoot’s plans for our schools”
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot has no record of leadership in public education, yet has presented a number troubling issues for Read more.
With less than two weeks until Election Day, support CTU-endorsed candidates
When it comes to public education, Toni Preckwinkle is the best choice for mayor. Read more.
Chico and Vallas and their corporate mayoral candidate
Lightfoot’s willingness to embrace worst predators in public school space underscores her unfitness for office.   CHICAGO, March 14, 2019—Chicago Read more.
Campaign donation exposes who Lightfoot will really serve: wealthy elites and education privatizers
Lightfoot campaign wins backing from same corporate player that embraced Emanuel austerity agenda and Republican education voucher scheme. CHICAGO—CTU President Read more.
Our union and our allies are changing the narrative in Chicago
Chicago voters have reiterated their tremendous desire for change in this city, strengthening a movement for educational, social, racial and Read more.
CTU President Emerita Karen Lewis endorses Toni Preckwinkle for mayor
NEWS STATEMENT: For Immediate Release Contact: K. Lewis spokesperson Stephanie Gadlin, 312-890-0866, sgadlin@abundantpr.com The ‘office of mayor is nobody’s inheritance’, Read more.
Griffin’s support for Daley tells us all we need to know about Daley agenda
Time to end corporate cronyism, giveaways to wealthy elites, institutional racism and lethal austerity of Daley, Emanuel and their rich Read more.
Ken Griffin making another attempt to buy Chicago’s city hall
Hedge fund manager who once claimed that Rahm’s Emanuel’s 50+ school closings in 2013 weren’t enough is spending $1 million Read more.
#FactCheck: Mendoza’s record on education reveals Rahm 2.0, potential for more school closings
Mayoral candidate Susana Mendoza touts her ‘skin in the game’ when it comes to matters of public education due to Read more.
CTU to Chico: Don’t expand separate and unequal school system
Instead of expanding selective enrollment, end two-tier education and make every neighborhood school a well-resourced, sustainable community school. CHICAGO, January Read more.
CTU to Daley: Hands off LSCs, the only remaining bedrock of democracy in our schools
Daley’s proposal to gut LSCs is an assault on last vestiges of Harold Washington’s commitment to grassroots democracy in our Read more.
#FactCheck: The truth behind Gery Chico’s ‘friendship’ with Chicago’s public school teachers
Mayoral candidate Chico claimed to have a good working relationship with teachers when he was handpicked by Richard M. Daley Read more.
Bill Daley has no right to meddle in public education policy
As a lifelong representative of the one percent, mayoral candidate Daley would simply extend incumbent Rahm Emanuel’s deplorable education policies, Read more.
Poll: Voters embrace CTU agenda, demand policies built on equity
Voters overwhelmingly support CTU demands for more resources, revenue for neighborhood public schools, as Preckwinkle leads among likely voters. Read more.
Latest mayoral appointment underscores why we need elected, representative school board
Public school educators, parents and school communities remain locked out of district governance and oversight. CHICAGO, Dec. 14, 2018—Chicago Teachers Read more.
December 2018 Municipal Endorsements
The CTU House of Delegates voted to adopt the following endorsements at its December 5, 2018 regular meeting. Read more.
Mayoral forum to tackle issues of race and targeted removal of Black educators and working class families
Confirmed to attend: Toni Preckwinkle, Susana Mendoza, Lori Lightfoot, Amara Enyia, Paul Vallas. CHICAGO—Rahm Emanuel’s disastrous eight-year agenda of mass Read more.

Get Active

April 2nd is election day. That’s less than a month away! We want to elect education champions. In the process, we want every member possible talking to voters about the issues that impact our schools and our city as they knock on doors and staff campaign phones. Sign up below for our organizers to connect you with a campaign that needs you.

Melissa Conyears-Ervin

For City Treasurer

Photo: Melissa Conyears-Ervin portrait

State Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin was born on the South Side and raised in a union family in the West Side’s Austin neighborhood. Melissa pledges that as Chicago’s treasurer, she’ll ensure that city money isn’t used to harm the environment or working families.

City Council Runoff Candidates

Leslie Hairston

5th Ward Incumbent

A Chicago native and fierce community advocate with deep roots in the South Shore and Hyde Park neighborhoods, Leslie Hairston has built a professional career dedicated to public service.

Rod Sawyer

6th Ward Incumbent

Alderman Roderick Sawyer, son of former mayor the Honorable Eugene Sawyer, has been 6th Ward alderman since 1999. CTU supports this education champion.

Rafa Yañez

15th Ward Challenger

Rafael Yañez is a Chicago Police Officer and community leader who has provided violence prevention services to thousands of young people. In 2007, he founded U.N.I.O.N. Impact Center, which has mentored over 1500 youth from New City/Back of the Yards, Brighton Park, Englewood and other neighborhoods.

Toni Foulkes

16th Ward Incumbent

Toni Foulkes serves the 16th ward, which includes Chicago Lawn, New City & Englewood. CTU endorses this education champion.

Jeanette Taylor

20th Ward Challenger

Jeanette is a proud mother and grandmother. She led the 34-day hunger strike that forced Rahm Emanuel to keep Dyett High School open. She stood with youth organizers to win a new adult trauma center for the south side. She’s fighting to bring a Community Benefits Agreement Ordinance to stop displacement from the area around the Obama Center. CTU stands with this education champion.

Byron Sigcho

25th Ward Challenger

Byron Sigcho

As a community leader and Executive Director of Pilsen Alliance, Byron has fought for issues that unite residents of the 25th Ward: fully funded public schools, affordable housing, fair taxation, and for social, economic, environmental, immigration, and racial justice.

Jessica Gutierrez

30th Ward Challenger

Headshot of Jessica Gutierrez

Jessica Gutierrez is a lifelong progressive Democrat, educator and community organizer running to bring new leadership to the 30th Ward. The Chicago Teachers Union is proud to endorse this exciting challenger.

Milly Santiago

31st Ward Incumbent

Headshot of Milly Santiago

Milly Santiago came to Chicago in 1976 and started working as a bilingual clerk for Chicago Public Schools in the Department of Bilingual Education. She has worked as a reporter for Telemundo and later as a news anchor for Univision. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Rossana Rodríguez

33rd Ward Challenger

Rossana Rodriguez is a mother, youth educator, and community activist seeking to become an independent, progressive alderman in Chicago’s 33rd Ward. She has spent the last decade working with youth and families in Albany Park. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Robert Murphy

39th Ward Challenger

39th Ward Democratic Committeeman Robert Murphy has a proven track record for leadership and stands for accountability and putting an end to corruption.

Andre Vasquez

40th Ward Challenger

Headshot of Andre Vasquez

As a husband and father of two young children, Andre is invested in the fight for better schools, city services, and the right allocation of resources in our city government. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Matt Martin

47th Ward Challenger

Headshot of Matt Martin

Matt is a lifelong progressive and civil rights attorney at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office. Matt serves on the local school council at McPherson Elementary, where his son Isaac will attend next year. The Chicago Teachers Union supports this education champion.

Your Voter Information

If you don’t know your ward number or polling place find it at the Chicago Elections website.

April 2 is election day!

Find your designated polling place on the elections website.

Early Voting

Early voting starts March 15 at the Loop Supersite (175 W Washington) from 9am to 5pm Friday and Saturday, and 10-4 Sunday.

Starting Monday, March 18, voting begins at one site in each ward. Visit the Chicago Election Commission’s early voting web page for the list of sites. Any voter, regardless of the ward election for which they ’re voting, may vote at any of the early voting locations in any of the 50 wards.

CTU Endorsements

The CTU engages rank-and-file members at all levels to democratically determine whom CTU will endorse. The process took three major steps:

    1. CTU’s rank and file Political Action Committee interviewed candidates using a comprehensive rubric to weigh their merits.
    2. CTU’s elected, rank and file Executive Board previewed the PAC’s recommendations and approved them for action by delegates.
    3. CTU’s House of Delegates, after a week to preview and discuss recommended endorsements with colleagues, voted by a strong majority of the more than 600 elected delegates present to approve the endorsements.
General CTU Announcement

2019 Chicago Elections

Chicago is on the cusp of a new political era. Movements for fundamental change—led in no small part by the CTU—have altered the political calculus in this city. We drove out Rahm Emanuel and we have a chance, now, to impact who runs City Hall. We’ve taken the reins in that process. Now, we need every member and supporter to put in the work.

Let’s make CTU’s vision the dominant narrative in this election.

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