Still months away, the race for the city’s top office is already gaining steam. Here’s a recap of the issues would-be candidates are highlighting and the claims we’ve fact-checked so far.
The race between the ultra-wealthy candidates has been marked by finger-pointing, scandal and transparency issues. We’ve fact-checked dubious claims by both.
Illinois’ wealthiest candidates for governor have disclosed little when it comes to their personal finances. But what they have revealed indicates they leverage tax code flexibility out of reach for most.
The leading candidates for Illinois’ top office squared off in four debates in recent weeks, repeating misleading attacks and defenses on policy issues and personal scandals.
The governor slings the incendiary word in a broad attack on his political foes, conflating ethics questions with Illinois’ rich history of graft.
In refusing to release comprehensive tax information, wealthy rivals forego a possibility of debunking specious attacks about their finances.
Chicago’s tough-talking mayor is known for charging headfirst into politics in his 20s, but teaching preschoolers? We weren’t familiar with that one.
In just a few decades, the bottom line at the retirement fund for Chicago teachers sunk from healthy to sickly. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a possible re-election rival, former schools CEO Paul Vallas, are now trading shots over which of them is to blame.
There are lots of different ways to measure Illinois’ fiscal crisis, and politicians usually seize on the yardstick that best fits their partisan agendas.