Candidates, start your filing. Monday is the first day candidates can submit nominating petitions for the Feb. 26 contests for mayor, aldermen, treasurer and clerk. Candidates in line at 9 a.m. in the Pedway below 69 W. Washington St. will be eligible for a lottery to determine who is listed first on the ballot. Petitions are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 26. In addition, four more aldermen reported $20,000 contributions from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has vowed to help his allies on the City Council win re-election. The Chicago Teachers Union announced which candidates had made the cut for its first mayoral candidate forum Monday.
- Emanuel gives allies another $80K — Ald. Anthony Beale (9); Ald. Leslie Hairston (5) and Ald. Derrick Curtis (18) each reported $20,000 contributions from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign fund, according to reports filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. Emanuel also gave $20,000 to the 25th Ward Regular Democratic Organization, which is controlled by Ald. Danny Solis (25). Emanuel, who has vowed to help his allies win re-election in 2019 despite his decision not to run for a third term, also cut a $50,000 check to the Senate Democratic Victory fund in the days leading up to the General Election, that saw Democrats expand their supermajority in both the House and Senate. In all, 19 aldermen have cashed $20,000 checks from Emanuel, bringing his help for his aldermanic allies to a grand total of $380,000.
- Candidates set for CTU forum — Four candidates are confirmed to attend the Chicago Teachers Union’s first mayoral forum, set for Monday. Amara Enyia, Lori Lightfoot, Susana Mendoza, Paul Vallas and Toni Preckwinkle are confirmed to attend, union officials said. The session will focus on “how they will stop the push-out of working people and build a Chicago for the many, not the few,” according to a statement. “The next mayor of Chicago has an historic opportunity to make Chicago a sanctuary city for all working class, Black, and Latinx families at a time when disinvestment is pushing hundreds of thousands of African-Americans out of Chicago and squeezing working-class Latinx and white communities ever tighter.”
- AECOM picked to design, build training facility — Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday announced he had picked Los Angeles-based AECOM to design and build the new training facility for the Chicago Police and Fire Departments. The contract to design and build the 30-acre campus in West Garfield Park needs City Council approval. The terms of the deal include a requirement that AECOM subcontract 28 percent of the work to African American and Latino-owned firms, and another 8 percent to firms owned by women. The city’s typical requirements are 26 percent for firms owned by minorities and 6 percent owned by women. Additionally, 50 percent of the project’s work hours must be filled by Chicago residents — including 15 percent worked by West Side residents, according to the mayor’s office.
- And then there were 24 — Former 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti became the 24th candidate to join the race for Chicago mayor, filing paperwork with the Illinois State Board of Elections to join the race. In March, Fioretti lost a bid for Cook County Board president to now-fellow Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle. After being remapped out of his aldermanic seat, Fioretti ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2015 — winning the endorsement of another 2019 mayoral candidate, Amara Enyia, but failing to make the run off. See all the candidates running on the handy TDL spreadsheet.