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State Week: Chicago's mayoral runoff election is set

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS

The former Chicago schools CEO Paul Vallas and Cook Co. Commissioner Brandon Johnson emerged from a crowded field of mayoral candidates this week and advanced to the runoff election April 4.

Both counted on key union support. Vallas has the backing of the Chicago' police union. Johnson picked up the endorsement of Chicago teachers.

Incumbent Lori Lightfoot became the first Chicago mayor denied a second term in four decades.

We break down what happened Tuesday and what to look for in the coming weeks.

Host Sean Crawford is joined by Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Chicago Tonight'sLocal Politics Reporter Heather Cherone.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.