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Jan Kowalski McDonald: Candidate for Cook County Clerk

“This election season it's not about me. This is our chance to do something about these tax-and-spend career politicians with their bloated budgets.” Learn more about this candidate.

The Week in Review: Chicago Area Students Join in Gun Control Protests

Local students join in nationwide protests over access to gun control. House Speaker Michael Madigan grapples with the #MeToo movement. And a new milestone in the race for governor.

2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary

WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary is an online resource designed to inform voters about the candidates running for office in the March 20 election. Learn more.

John P. Daley: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 11th District

“I believe it is my duty as Commissioner to be responsive to the ideas of my constituents,” writes John P. Daley. Learn more about this candidate.

Andrea Raila: Candidate for Cook County Assessor

“We can make the property tax system fair and equitable for property owners from all communities regardless of economic background or housing stock,” Andrea Raila writes. Learn more about this candidate.

2018 Governor’s Race: Democratic Candidates Face High School Students

| Kristen Thometz
Democratic candidates for governor (seated in the order they appear on the ballot, from left): J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall.

During a special edition of Chicago Tonight, all six Democratic candidates for governor join us to answer questions from an audience of 50 high school students and discuss issues facing Illinois’ young people. 

2018 Primary: Cook County Treasurer

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County treasurer in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

2018 Primary: Cook County Clerk

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County clerk in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

2018 Primary: Cook County Board President

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County Board president in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

2018 Primary: Cook County Assessor

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County assessor in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

2018 Primary: Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

Learn about the candidates running for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner (two-year and six-year terms) in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

2018 Primary: Cook County Commissioner

Learn about the candidates running for Cook County commissioner in the March 20 election as part of WTTW’s 2018 Voters’ Guide to the Cook County Primary.

Thomas Dart: Candidate for Cook County Sheriff

Thomas Dart

“The Sheriff’s Office has won praise for progressive reforms to improve and maintain the safety and security of all those housed and employed at the Cook County Jail,” Thomas Dart writes. Learn more about this candidate.

Kimberly Neely DuBuclet: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 2-Year Term

Kimberly Neely DuBuclet

“I am running for this office to bring a voice of environmental conservation and a continued commitment to clean water,” writes Kimberly Neely DuBuclet. Learn more about this candidate.

Rachel Wales: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 2-Year Term

Rachel Wales

“With climate change creating increased rainfall, the MWRD must approve more innovative green projects to lessen stress placed upon city sewer systems,” writes Rachel Wales. Learn more about this candidate.

Debra Shore: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

Debra Shore

“I’m running for re‐election because the people of Cook County deserve a strong conservation advocate on the Board, because I’ve been able to be an effective leader, and because water matters,” writes Debra Shore. Learn more about this candidate.

Kari Steele: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

“I work diligently every day, to protect workers, promote fiscal responsibility and transparency, and ensure we maintain a clean water environment,” writes Kari Steele. Learn more about this candidate.

Martin Durkan: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

Martin Durkan

“In me, you will have a dedicated public servant, dedicated to maximizing the value of your tax dollar and ensuring transparency,” writes Martin Durkan. Learn more about this candidate.

Karen Roothaan: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

Karen Roothaan

“Green Party candidates are calling for enhanced green infrastructure to cope with the new normal,” writes Karen Roothaan. Learn more about this candidate.

Tammie Vinson: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

Tammie Vinson

“Acknowledging climate change and implementing strategies to address this reality are essential to the operation of the district,” writes Tammie Vinson. Learn more about this candidate.

R. Cary Capparelli: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

“The Board at the MWRDGC is in need for significant balance to afford opportunity for unbiased growth and leadership,” writes R. Cary Capparelli. Learn more about this candidate.

Shundar Lin: Candidate for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, 6-Year Term

Shundar Lin

“I am running to give my family and all Cook County residents clean and safe water,” writes Shundar Lin. Learn more about this candidate.

Frederick ‘Fritz’ Kaegi: Candidate for Cook County Assessor

Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi

“The Assessor’s Office might not be the most glamourous office, but it’s one where we can make a real improvement in people’s lives,” Frederick “Fritz” Kaegi writes. Learn more about this candidate.

Toni Preckwinkle: Candidate for Cook County Board President

Toni Preckwinkle

“While we’ve made tremendous progress, there’s more work to do to improve the health and safety of our residents in every neighborhood,” Toni Preckwinkle writes. Learn more about this candidate.

Karen Yarbrough: Candidate for Cook County Clerk

“Having already saved taxpayers millions of dollars as Recorder, I plan to use that same fiscal discipline to build the best County Clerk’s Office in the country,” Karen Yarbrough writes. Learn more about this candidate.