City of Chicago Mayor

Employer / Organization

City of Chicago

Next Election

Feb 26, 2019

Filing Window

Nov 19, 2018 - Nov 26, 2018


The Mayor of Chicago is the highest city elected official in Chicago and leads the executive branch. Chicago's City Council is the legislative branch, which is made up of 50 representatives elected from wards across the city. The mayor is responsible for the management of city officials and services, and is the official coordinator of emergency activities. The mayor prepares and presents an annual budget to the City Council for passage, and the mayor has the power of appointment for most officials in city offices.

Application Guidelines
To run for this position you must contact the City Clerk first and be aware that the filing window is one week long, which is 113 days prior to the election to 106 days prior to the election. If you are considering running, contact the City Clerk as soon as possible to verify that your address is eligible to run for the position you are considering, and to clarify the requirements for running (petition signatures, filing fees, etc.) The City Clerks are the administrators for the elections and their purpose is to help voters and candidates, so contact them as soon as possible. Additionally, please use the weblink to the Candidate Guide provided by the State of Illinois on this page.

Submit application to:
City of Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, 121 West Washington Street, Chicago, IL, 60602, US