Chicago mayoral election results: Real-time updates as votes are tallied
CHICAGO - Live results in the Chicago election are coming in as the future of the city hangs in the balance.
Chief among the races, is the highly contested field of nine candidates vying to become the next mayor of Chicago.
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To win the office outright, a candidate needs to receive more than 50% of the vote. That's unlikely with such a large field, so the race is expected to go to an April 4 runoff between the top two vote-getters.
As of 7:45 p.m., The Associated Press reported Paul Vallas, former Chicago Public Schools CEO backed by police union has advanced to the runoff election for Chicago mayor. His opponent will be Brandon Johnson, a Cook County commissioner endorsed by the Chicago Teachers Union.
Incumbent Mayor Lori addressed her supporters around 8:40 p.m. and conceded defeat in the election.
"Regardless of tonight's outcome, we fought the right fights and we put this city on a better path," Lightfoot said.
Other candidates who have already conceded include state Rep. Kam Buckner, Chicago City Council members Sophia King and Roderick Sawyer.
The only other candidates who have not conceded are Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, businessman Willie Wilson and activist Ja'Mal Green.
Also at stake in Tuesday's election is Chicago City Council members from all 50 wards and three councilors in each in of the city's 22 police districts.
Anna Valencia and Melissa Conyears-Ervin are running unopposed for the positions of City Clerk and City Treasurer, respectively.
In addition to the mayoral and alderman races, Chicagoans are voting on newly formed police district councils.
This is part of the city’s new civilian police oversight model.
In 2021, city leaders passed an ordinance creating two bodies — a citywide commission and district councils — aimed at improving community-police relations.
Voters will elect three people to serve four-year terms on councils in each of the city’s 22 police districts.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.