Chicago's Mayoral Runoff: Voting resources and information

Tue. April 7, 2015 7:04 AM by News Staff

State’s leading LGBT political action committee endorses Rahm Emanuel while LGBT activists support Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia for mayor.

Chicago, IL - Today, April 7, Chicago residents will cast their votes for the runoff elections in the race for mayor and 18 City Council seats. The polls are officially open until 7 p.m.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fell short of getting more than 50 percent of the vote in February and faces second-place finisher Jesus "Chuy" Garcia. It is the first mayoral runoff since Chicago began using nonpartisan elections in the race for mayor in 1995. 

Emanuel has received the endorsement of the Equality Illinois Political Action Committee (Equality Illinois PAC), the state's leading LGBT political action committee.

"Mayor Emanuel stood with us not only in the significant effort to achieve marriage equality but on other policies and initiatives that support LGBT Chicagoans," said Equality Illinois PAC Chair Nicole Bashor.

Emanuel has also received the endorsement of Chicago TribuneCrain's Chicago Business and Chicago Sun-Times.

In February, Garcia received the endorsement of 30 prominent LGBT activists. Garcia has promised to reinstate the full-time position of a liaison between the Mayor's Office and the LGBT community, a position eliminated by Emanuel.

In the Windy City Times ratings of mayoral and aldermanic candidates, Garcia ranked highest, with an A+ rating, and Emanuel received an A-. 

More than 142,000 people already have cast their ballots in Chicago as part of early voting.

Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chicago residents can check their eligibility, find their polling place and see a sample ballot by plugging their address into

Equality Illinois endorses James Cappleman and Raymond Lopez

Equality Illinois PAC has also endorsed openly gay James Cappleman, who faces lesbian challenger Amy Crawford to retain his post as 46th Ward alderman; and openly gay Raymond Lopez, who is running to become alderman in the 15th Ward.

"With a demonstrated commitment to growing and strengthening the neighborhoods of the 15th Ward, Ray Lopez has provided solid leadership and constituent services as an advocate, candidate, and elected official," Bashor said. "We especially appreciate and support his focus on building a community where all people feel safe and secure in being who they truly are."