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Jesus “Chuy” Garcia challenges Rahm Emanuel for mayor

The run-off election for mayor of the city of Chicago between Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (shown at right with Star editor Dalia Mena) and Mayor Rahm Emmanuel takes place on April 7.

The Star editors urge all Steinmetz community members to vote for Chuy Garcia.

“Working families are tired of being ignored by politicians in Chicago who only care about downtown,” Chicago Teachers Union vice-president Jesse Sharkey said. “As mayor, we expect Chuy to put the focus back on neighborhoods and the diverse people who live within them.”

The Star also endorses Steinmetz Local School Council community representative Gilbert Villegas in the race for alderman of the 36th and Tara Stamps for alderman of the 37th.

“Grace period” for voter registration

It is not too late to register to vote for this election, although online registration is over. Through April 4, voters may register to vote for the first time, update their addresses or file a name change during the “Grace Period” at any of the locations listed below, regardless of the voters’ home wards. Saturday, April 4 will be the last day to use in-person registration to register or update a record through the Grace Period program.

Note: During the “Grace Period,” you must register in person — and then immediately vote during that same visit.

A Grace Period voter must present two forms of identification, at least one of which shows the current address. Acceptable forms of identification include:
 – Driver’s license
 – State identification card
 – Passport
 – Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck stub, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Qualifications to Register to Vote

To register to vote, you must:
 – be a U.S. citizen;
 – be born on or before April 7, 1997.
 – live in your precinct at least 30 days before the election;
 – not be in prison/jail serving time for a conviction; and,
 – not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

Already registered to vote? Click here to enter a last name and address to check your registration status.

Those who register during the Grace Period program cannot use Early Voting, Absentee Voting or Voting on Election Day in the Precinct Polling Place.

Regardless of your address, you may register or early vote at the West Belmont Library 

3104 N. Narragansett
Mon., March 23 through Sat., March 28: 9 am-5 pm
Sun., March 29: 9 am-3 pm
Mon., March 30 through Sat.., April 4:  9 am-5 pm

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