Chicago Election Historic In Many Ways

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Tomorrow’s municipal elections will be history-making in a number of ways.

Langdon Neal, the chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, says it’s “the first election in 64 years where we have not had a sitting mayor running for re-election.”

“We also have 239 aldermanic candidates running for election [and] only seven uncontested ward races.”

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Neal said election investigators will be on hand “ready to respond to any potential problems that might occur in the polling places.”

In the 24th Ward, there are 18 candidates–with an unknown number of campaign workers.

“One hundred feet in front of the polling place belongs to the voters,” Neal said. “It is a campaign-free zone.”

Neal predicts turnout of just around 50 percent.

“Some of our voters feel fatigued,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of elections, a lot of special elections.”

Neal says he wouldn’t be surprised to see runoffs in half the contested aldermanic races.

  • vobasohan

    If Rahm Emanuel wins tomorrow, it will be a dream come true for him and the first time a Daley had not been in the mayor’s office in decades.

    • Jim

      Even if that crook Ramn doesn’t get the votes, Bill Clinton and Obama will have it rigged so the crook wins.

      • alo116

        Rahm Emmanuel is a CROOK of the highest order. Obama sent Rahm to Chicago to run for mayor to hold a place for him just in case he does not get re-elected in 2012. Rahm will hire the Obamas.

  • Phil Collins

    There was no mayor Daley, 1976-’89.

    The best mayoral candidate is Fred White, a write-in candidate. He’s pro-tax cuts, pro-spending cuts, pro-gun rights, and anti-illegal alien. His site is

    • Barack

      Yeah, right and I like chocolate chip cookies.

  • Maggie

    The most outside money and influences and lies a candidate has ever gotten away with and attempt of buy the election and from the media either asleep at the wheel or busy suckling every utterance and movement their new master, Rahm, makes. Too busy sleeping or suckling, the glassy eyed media journalists and the Tribune and Suntimes forgot to ask and demand an actual truthful answer to screaming indiscretions by the new master, Rahm. All the while, the media try to shut down or ignore the absolute best candidate, Gery Chico. That is what is Historic this election.

    • alo116

      If the people of Chicago think Master Daley was CROOKED and CORRUPT wait until they get a look at the “crooked deals” and the “greasy palms” in the Emmanuel Administration. This man is a Master Manipulator and Player. Oh the People of Chicago have been HoodWinked and Bamboozled to the 12th degree. All hell will break loose very soon, no matter who occupies the 5th Floor.

  • Dee

    Rahm is the only candidate that has a plan for the city of Chicago and should win the mayoral election “hands down”!!! 50% +2

  • Maggie

    Do you drown in your shower too? Dee, check out Gery Chico for mayor website. Since you’ve missed the countless times Chico has laid out his plans for Chicago in TV interviews, in debates, at open public meetings, you’ll find his plans, many which Rahm copies, on his website. Thanks.

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