One of the city’s most influential wards, the 42nd, includes most of the Loop, the Magnificent Mile, and much of River North. Current Ald. Brendan Reilly, the Vice Mayor, has represented the ward since 2007, when he defeated 36-year incumbent Burt Natarus. The ward includes more than 40,000 businesses and close to 100,000 residents – key issues include residential and commercial development and public safety. Reilly is running unopposed.
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