Progressives vs. Corporatists in the Battle for Chicago

Source: The American Prospect
by Luke Goldstein

“For most of Chicago’s history, there was no such thing as an open competitive primary race. Backroom deals preordained the results of elections, which were more Kabuki theater than the democratic process at work. But in contrast to the machine era, a crowded field of nine candidates vied for the mayoralty this year, with numerous legitimate contenders going into Election Day. It’s a far cry from the past, especially for a city where residents talk about the long shadow cast by the Daley dynasty that still hangs over today’s politics. Once all the votes are counted, incumbent Lori Lightfoot will go down as the first Chicago boss to lose re-election in nearly 40 years. Lightfoot will hand the keys over to either Paul Vallas, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools and top vote-getter, or Brandon Johnson, a teacher and Cook County Board commissioner who pulled off a major upset victory.” (03/02/23)