A map of aldermanic endorsements. Lori Lightfoot is in green, Toni Preckwinkle in yellow. [A.D. Quig]

Spending by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his big money allies, the Sacks family, are roughly the same levels as in 2015, but with the resurrection of the mayor-aligned PAC, Chicago Forward on Monday morning, more is certain to come in the campaign’s waning days. Plus — we’ve mapped aldermanic endorsements and have the latest on TV spending.

  • Emanuel & Sacks, big spenders once again — A recent Tribune analysis of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2019 spending found the mayor’s committee, Chicago for Rahm Emanuel, made at least $620,000 in campaign contributions to 28 sitting aldermen, an average of about $22,000 per candidate. But when combined with the more than $200,000 his political allies, Michael and Cari Sacks, have personally contributed to sitting aldermen since early 2018, the average spending is boosted to just more than $29,000 per race in the 2019 cycle. Chicago Forward, a Super PAC Emanuel allies including the Sacks helped fund, spent $1.1 million on 37 aldermanic races in 2015 — averaging out at just under $30,000 per race. Emanuel allies lost 11 of those races. The PAC was resurrected Monday evening with a $42,143 digital and television ad campaign against 47th Ward candidate Matt Martin and 40th Ward candidate Andre Vasquez and supporting Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6) and 39th Ward candidate Samantha Nugent. Some funding came from a $59,000 transfer from Progress Chicago PAC, a now-inactive group that ran ads touting Chicago’s educational progress before Emanuel dropped out of the race. Donors to that PAC included Michael Sacks, IBEW Local 134, IUOE Local 150 and LiUNA Chicago Laborers’ District Council.
  • Where aldermanic loyalties lie in the mayor’s race — Ald. Deb Mell (33) added her name to the list of aldermen supporting Lori Lightfoot’s mayoral bid on Monday. Prefer a map? Here’s ours – Lightfoot is in green, Preckwinkle is in yellow.
    • With Lori Lightfoot – Ald. Anthony Beale (9), Ald. Derrick Curtis (18), Ald. Matt O’Shea (19), Ald. Michael Scott (24), Ald. Milly Santiago (31), Ald. Scott Waguespack (32), Ald Deb Mell (33), Ald. Gilbert Villegas (36), Ald. Emma Mitts (37), Ald. Nicholas Sposato (38), Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41), Ald. Brendan Reilly (42), Ald. Michele Smith (43), Ald. Tom Tunney (44)
    • With Toni Preckwinkle – Ald. Pat Dowell (3), Ald. Sophia King (4), Ald. Leslie Hairston (5), Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6), Ald. Greg Mitchell (7), Ald. Michelle Harris (8), Ald. Patrick D. Thompson (11), Ald. Howard Brookins (21), Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27), Ald. Jason Ervin (28), Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29), Ald. Carrie Austin (34), Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35)
  • Television ad roundup  — In addition to the money Chicago Forward plans to spend in aldermanic races, here are other updates:
    • State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin is hitting the airwaves hard in the final week of the race for treasurer. A source familiar with the campaign’s spending says she will spend approximately $400,000 on an ad hitting Ald. Ameya Pawar (47) for his attendance rate at City Council. The ad, which follows a bio spot that ran in the general election, cites a joint analysis of attendance records from The Daily Line and WBEZ. Conyears-Ervin has spent $190,000 on TV since the beginning of the runoff, and the next buy begins Tuesday. Pawar’s campaign did not respond to a request for information about his ad strategy in the final days of the campaign. His ad, “Noise”, can be viewed here.
    • The 43rd Ward candidates’ battle continues in one of the city’s most expensive races and one of few wards where aldermanic hopefuls are on television. Ald. Michele Smith (43) has a new ad up on cable focused on capital improvements made to schools throughout Lincoln Park. Challenger Derek Lindblom is spending $60,000 to air two of his ads on cable: “Disruptor,” about his work in the tech sector, with Sen. Chuck Schumer, and in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office; and “Politics as Usual,” about Smith’s vote for a property tax hike.
    • Lori Lightfoot’s campaign made a $90,000 buy on Univision and Telemundo for her new Spanish-language ad featuring and narrated by Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. “Ella es el cambio que restaurara la seguridad en las calles, la excelencia en la educación y la prosperidad a todos los barrios de Chicago,” Garcia says. Translated: “She is the change that will restore safety to our streets, excellence to education, and prosperity to all Chicago neighborhoods.”
  • Early voting behind 2015 — Precisely 49,661 Chicagoans have voted early in the runoff election, with 6,444 casting ballots as of 5 p.m. Monday. With a week left of voting remaining, early voting is up, as compared with this year’s general election, but down from the runoff election in April 2015. At this point in 2015, 82,507 people had participated in early voting. The 19th, 41st, 47th, 4th, and 34th wards currently lead in early voting. The wards with the lowest turnout are the 22nd, 12th, 35th, 14th and 26th. Exactly 57,743 mail in ballots have been requested, but just 6,357 have been returned so far.