13 women will be vying for city council in Chicago’s runoff election on April 2:
Ward 5 - Leslie Hairston (i)
Ward 16 - Stephanie Coleman
Ward 16 - Toni Foulkes (i)
Ward 20 - Jeanette Taylor
Ward 20 - Nicole Johnson
Ward 30 - Jessica Gutierrez
Ward 31 - Milagros "Milly" Santiago (i)*
Ward 33 - Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez
Ward 33 - Deborah Mell (i)
Ward 39 - Samantha Nugent
Ward 43 - Michele Smith (i)
As of this publication, Ward 26 is still counting its votes as Theresa Siaw determines whether she will be conceding or facing Robert Maldonado in the runoffs. In Ward 46, votes are still being counted to see if Marianne Lalonde or Erika Wozniak Francis will be facing off against incumbent James Cappleman.*
*Indicates updates from original publication.
Illinois also saw big wins for women across the state. Just to name a few, in Dolton, Tammie Brown won her election for Village Trustee and Dr. Lynn Florian won her aldermanic election in Waukegan. In Peoria, 14 candidates running for 5 seats on its city council including Rita Ali and Beth Jensen will be participating in the city’s spring run-off election.