Mayor of Chicago

William Butler Ogden was the first mayor of Chicago
Walter S. Gurnee is the oldest living former Chicago mayor. He was 90 when he died
Roswell B. Mason was the mayor during the Great Chicago Fire in 1871
Carter Harrison, Sr. was the first mayor to be assassinated
William Emmett Dever is thought to be one of the best mayors of Chicago because he helped clean the city
Jane Bryne was the city's first female mayor
Harold Washington is considered to be another great Chicago mayor. He was also the first African-American Chicago mayor
Richard M. Daley is the longest serving mayor of Chicago since his father, Richard J. Daley
Rahm Emanuel is the city's first Jewish mayor
Incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot is the city's first female African-American and openly lesbian mayor

The mayoral term in Chicago was one year from 1837 through 1863, when it was increased to two years. In 1907 it was again lengthened to four years, the present duration. Until 1861, municipal elections were held in March. In that year, legislation changed them to April. In 1869, however, election time was changed to November, and terms expiring in April of that year were lengthened. In 1875, the election day was moved back to April by the city's vote to operate under the Cities and Villages Act of 1872. Lester L. Bond was the acting mayor when Joseph Medill left to a tour around Europe. Thomas Hoyne won election as mayor, but could not become the mayor so the election became a void. As of 1995, no mayor can run for a political party, they are considered as nonpartisans.

List of Mayors

Vice Mayor

The city council elects a vice mayor who is interim mayor in the event of a vacancy in the office of the mayor or the inability of the mayor to serve due to illness or injury. As of May 2019, the current vice mayor is Tom Tunney.

Past holders of this office have included Brendan Reilly (2015–2019) Ray Suarez (2011–2015), and David Orr.

Notes

1 Rahm Emanuel is a Democrat, but he and all other candidates in the 2011 election officially ran as nonpartisans. Under a 1995 Illinois law, "candidates for mayor . . . no longer would run under party labels in Chicago."

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