4th Ward special election first in 44 years

Staff Writer

The special election for 4th Ward Alderman is a little over a month away, but special elections are nothing new to the city of Chicago, or to the ward.

The last time the 4th Ward had a special election was on Nov. 27, 1973, when Tim Evans won the election that replaced former Ald. Claude Holman, who died just six months earlier.

Evans held office until Toni Preckwinkle took over as alderman in 1991.

The upcoming 4th Ward election was sparked by a resignation from former Ald. Will Burns last February, when he announced he would be stepping down to move to a career in the private sector. Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Ald. Sophia King (4th) to serve the ward, which includes parts of the South Loop, Bronzeville, Kenwood and Hyde Park.

Candidates for the election include Ebony Lucas, Marcellus H. Moore, Jr., King, Gregory Livingston and Gerald Scott McCarthy. The candidate that is chosen will serve the remainder of the alderman term, which is two years.

While the election is on Feb. 28, open voting will be available to registered voters of the 4th Ward beginning on Thursday, Jan. 19. Early voting will be available at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners’ office at 69 W. Washington St.

On Feb. 13, early voting will be expanded to include another location at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 4314 S. Cottage Grove Ave. Early voting will be open at both locations until Feb. 27.

The deadline to register to vote by mail is Jan. 31, otherwise, voter registration can be done in person during the early voting period.

Although the exact polling places in the 4th Ward have not been announced, Chicago Board of ElectionCommissioners Communications Director, Jim Allen, said that to the degree that the same sites of precinct polling places used in the November presidential election will be available, those same locations will be used again.

Allen said that they will be mailing more information to all voters in the 4th Ward ahead of Election Day.

The special election will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28. If necessary, a run-off election will take place on Tuesday, April 4.