Election 2024

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Election Day

On Tuesday, November 5 more than 1,200 polling places will open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. across the city for voters to cast ballots in their own neighborhood. In addition, even on Election Day any voter can go to any Early Voting Site anywhere in the city to cast their ballot. Click the button below to get your personal voting information.

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Early Voting

Early voting begins October 21 in all 50 wards and runs through election day, November 5. You can vote early at the Supersite (191 N. Clark) & Board of Election Offices (69 W. Washington, 6th Flr) starting on October 9. You can vote at any early voting site, not just the one in your ward. Get more information about early voting, including locations, on the Chicago Board of Elections site.

Early Voting Info

Mail Ballots

Voting by mail is the most convenient way to cast your ballot in the comfort of your own home. Beginning August 7, you can apply to vote by mail on the Chicago Board of Elections vote by mail page. The board will mail your ballot to your home. You can either return your ballot by mail or drop it off in a drop box at any early voting site.

Mail Ballot Info

Endorsements: Chicago Board of Education

The Chicago Board of Education is responsible for the governance, organizational and financial oversight of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the third largest school district in the United States of America. It establishes policies, standards, goals and initiatives that substantially impact on the lives of our members and students, from lunches to school building investment, from special education to after school activities, and from transportation to assessments. The candidates below were all vetted by rank and file CTU PAC members with the support of CTU staff. They all support our platform and have worked with our union in the past to win the schools our students deserve.

School board platform:

  • Fully fund every school.
  • Expand Sustainable Community Schools.
  • Address community needs that disrupt learning (e.g. transportation, immigration status, violence, job opportunities, affordable housing).
  • Create clean and sustainable school facilities.
  • Retain Black and Brown educators.
  • End privatization and unionize all school staff

The Chicago Teachers Union has fought for years to have an Elected Representative School Board. Now that we have won democracy for our schools, we must use it to build the power of our members and our school communities. Go to this map of school board representative districts or use the Chicago Board of Elections Voter Lookup to find the one you live in and support our endorsed candidate.

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Jennifer Custer

District 1

Jennifer has been an educator in the Chicagoland area for 14 years and has held teacher leadership roles during her tenure. One of her roles was as Union President of her local union for IEA where she worked on contract negotiations. She has also held an administrator position in which she served for four years. She looks forward to representing the students and families of District 1 as both a mother and former educator.

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Ebony DeBerry

District 2

Ebony is a former Chicago Public Schools student and a CPS parent who also served our district as a teacher. She’s served as an education organizer and has grown the number of parent mentor programs from only one school to eight schools now. Ebony was an integral part of Illinois’ Grow Your Own and has continued to support parents and community members in the Gale Elementary community. As a candidate for the school board she understands the impact of collaboration in decision making and will do just that as a member of the board.

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Jason Donés

District 3

Jason is a CPS graduate, former educator, and now parent who serves as the LSC member for Moos Elementary. Jason’s CPS experience as a student, former educator and CTU member, and now parent allows him to have a perspective that highlights the inequities that exist in our district. He currently works in the private sector and has continued working in education and addressing the shortage of STEM educators by improving the teaching and school conditions for Black, Latine, and Indigenous communities and educators. Jason will take those experiences to the board where he hopes to represent the people of District 3.

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Karen Zaccor

District 4

Karen is a recently-retired CTU member from Uplift HS in Uptown. At Uplift, she was an LSC member and a member of the Sustainable Community Schools leadership team. Karen also actively participated in the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM) which fought for the creation of an elected representative school board. As an elected member of the school board, Karen will bring her experiences to the table to be a voice for her district.

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Aaron “Jitu” Brown

District 5

Jitu is a product of CPS and currently has a child in our district. He serves as the director of the Journey for Justice Alliance, which is a grassroots organization that has been working in 40 cities to improve schools. Jitu also served as an education organizer with KOCO, the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. For 30 years, Jitu has consistently stood with the community on the front lines for education justice. He has lived in the Austin community with his family for the last 18 years and has served as a coach of the Windy City Dolphins Youth Football program, as well as helping to facilitate FEMA services to west side residents. Jitu was one of the Dyett hunger strikers who helped to save a neighborhood high school which today is a Sustainable Community School. He hopes to continue his fight for education justice as a member of the school board.

Anusha Thotakura and Brenda Delgado

District 6

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Anusha Thotakura is the Deputy Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, a coalition of labor and community groups of which CTU is part that has helped elect progressive candidates (like Cong. Delia Ramirez) and win progressive policies in Springfield. Anusha became interested in politics as a high school student, where she advocated for her transgender peers in the Palatine-Schaumburg school district. Anusha has worked in political campaigns and in the halls of power.

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Brenda Delgado is a mom of three who have been or are students in our district. Brenda currently works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Locally, she has served for the last nine years as board chairperson at the Segundo Ruiz Belviz Cultural Center, which celebrates Afro-Latin roots of Puerto Rican and other Latinx cultures. Brenda has also served for the last 11 yeards as board vice chair for IL Raise Your Hand. Brenda is currently an LSC member at Kenwood HS. Brenda’s work in and with the community gives her experiences that will aid in her leadership as a member of the school board for District 6.

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Yesenia López

District 7

Yesenia is a dedicated advocate for social justice and community empowerment, who is deeply rooted in the vibrant neighborhoods of Chicago. As a proud product of the Chicago Public School system, she graduated from Pickard Elementary and Benito Juárez High School. She furthered her commitment to public service by earning degrees in political science and gender studies from DePaul University. While she has not previously been elected to public office, she is now running for a historic position on the first-ever elected school board in Chicago.

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Felix Ponce

District 8

Felix is a former CTU member and music teacher at Back of the Yards HS. He is currently a music teacher in the western suburbs and a member of the Illinois Education Association teachers union. During his time as an educator in the city, Felix was able to create a school band that grew to more than 130 students. He worked in the community during the pandemic by going door to door to educate families about Covid and to register families for the vaccine. The skills developed in that work provide a strong foundation for representing the people of District 8.

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Lanetta Thomas

District 9

Lanetta is a mother, community organizer, veteran, and Chicago native. As a CPS student, Lanetta moved around a bit and as a result attended many different schools in the district. She is currently pursuing her degree in political science with a minor in global studies. As an organizer for SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation), she worked on various campaigns like the Budget for Black Lives, Water for All, and the SAFE-T Act. Lanetta’s voice as a parent and former student will serve her in representing District 9, where she believes that CPS can provide equal educational funding and resources for all schools.

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Reverend Robert Jones

District 10

Rev. Jones is a married father of four who serves as the pastor of the Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist church. He has volunteered with the Lugenia Burns Hope Center, KOCO, Arise, and more. Rev. Jones has also served on the LSC for Dunbar High School. He has stood with working class families on the front lines for education, health, and economic justice. Rev. Jones was part of the hunger strike to keep Dyett HS open to the surrounding community. His position in the community and his support for working families will bring a perspective to the board that will continue the work for fully funded and equitable schools for our city.