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Get out the vote! Our IL primaries guide

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_


The primary election is less than four months away, but the races are in full swing. What’re some of the must-watch races on the ballot? 

1st Congressional District: Activist Jahmal Cole, Ald. Pat Dowell of the 3rd Ward, and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s son Jonathan are some of the high-profile candidates running for U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush’s seat. 

6th Congressional District: U.S. Reps. Sean Casten and Marie Newman are vying for the newly drawn district. But the Federal Election Commission is looking into an ethics complaint against Casten, and Newman is the subject of a House Ethics Committee’s probe.

Illinois Secretary of State: City Clerk Anna Valencia got key endorsements from outgoing Secretary of State Jesse White and Gov. JB Pritzker.

Remap referendum: If 41 City Council members don’t agree on a ward map by mid-May, which is looking more likely, voters will decide. 

🎧 Gubernatorial race: Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin has decided to fund Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, a Republican, to take down fellow billionaire Pritzker. But Griffin, Illinois’ richest man, isn’t just funding campaigns locally but nationally, Crain’s A.D. Quig tells City Cast.

Time to start considering not only who to vote for, but how to vote. Chi voters can vote early or by mail: Register online and note key dates.

March 30: First day to apply to vote by mail for the primary
May 19: First day mail-in ballots are sent to voters 
May 19: Early voting begins 
June 12: Last day to register to vote in the primary
June 23: Last day to request mail-in ballots
June 28: Primary election
July 12: Last day mail-in ballots marked June 28 will be counted

Sources: Chicago Crusader; Politico; Sun-Times; Axios; Chicago Board of Election Commissioners

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▪️ Insight Hospital in Bronzeville is once again accepting emergency ambulances after a yearlong hiatus. [Block Club Chicago]

▪️ The first installment of 2020 property taxes are due today.

▪️ See City Cast’s Jacoby Cochran’s photos capturing how the Ukrainian community rallied on the West Side over the weekend.

▪️ Greektown Restaurant Week starts today 🤤

▪️ Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Chicago Public Library.

▪️ It’s warm, and it’s technically the first day of meteorological spring, but I think we know better than to get our hopes up. [NBC Chicago]


After being mostly closed for the last two years due to COVID-19, the Adler Planetarium is fully reopening Friday!

I’ve personally been impressed with how the Adler has ramped up its digital presence throughout the pandemic between the virtual field trips, engaging longform videos, and clever TikToks. (This reopening song is catchy AF!)

But now that the museum is back, guests can once again enjoy the signature sky shows in the two dome theaters and use the new telescope. 

👉 Get your tickets now. 

🌙 Fun Fact: I got to intern at the Adler for a summer and helped plan a moon-themed bash. And yes, I still rock my “It’s LIT!” shirt from the event.

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