Chicago Mayor’s race now in voters’ hands

February 22, 2011

By Kristen Mack and Jeff Coen, Chicago Tribune

Chicago voters will decide Tuesday whether the city gets a new mayor to succeed the retiring Richard Daley or faces six more weeks of campaigning ahead of a one-on-one runoff election.

It’s the first time in more than 60 years that a sitting Chicago mayor is not on the ballot. And it’s the first time in 22 years that Daley will not be a choice for mayor. Voters also will pick a new city clerk, and all 50 City Council seats are up for election.

Despite a record number of aldermanic candidates, election officials said Monday they expect voter turnout will be slightly more than 50 percent. That’s low by Chicago standards. When Daley ran for mayor in 1989, 68 percent of voters went to the polls.

Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners, attributed the anticipated drop off to “voter fatigue.”

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