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Mitchell Armentrout

Staff reporter

Mitchell Armentrout is a staff reporter covering Illinois casinos, video gaming, sports betting and gambling regulation.

Five months after a City Council appointment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Timmy Knudsen only got about a quarter of the vote in February. Now he’s lining up other Democratic support to survive a runoff with Brian Comer.
A shy boy with a severe stutter in the Roseland neighborhood, Paul Vallas grew up to lead school districts in Chicago, Philadelphia, Louisiana, Haiti and Chile. He also ran a string of failed bids for elected office. “Paul gravitates toward big challenges,” said Ald. Brendan Reilly.
Despite following very different paths, both now have their sights trained on Chicago’s City Hall.
Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias, himself a carjacking victim decades ago, to announce funding to police departments statewide.
Their third runoff debate was more restrained than previous ones — but not without some big swings, as when Vallas said he has more teaching experience than Johnson. “You can’t keep just dismissing people, Paul,” Johnson responded. “It’s irresponsible.”
Statewide death toll now is nearing 37,000 — roughly the equivalent of wiping out the population of Calumet City. Chicago area accounts for nearly half the deaths — about 8,000 in the city, over 7,500 in suburban Cook County.
The official results, including all eligible mail-in ballots counted by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday, put Ald. Chris Taliaferro 25 votes shy of the majority he needed to win a third term outright.
After three unsuccessful previous runs for public office, the former Chicago Public Schools chief takes his tough-on-crime message to the city’s mayoral runoff.
They were the exceptions in a night that otherwise went largely in the favor of sitting City Council members on the North and Northwest sides.