In the last of our election post-mortem bonuses, we hear from a data scientist, a filmmaker, and Neal's mom about the work they did on the campaign and what surprised them about the experience.
Kina Collins is a Chicago activist who's focused much of her work on gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. In this bonus episode, she reflects on young voters' disenchantment with the citywide election, the tumultuous events that led up to it, and the work that continues.
Wailin sits down with former mayoral candidate and friend of Neal, Paul Vallas, to discuss his public support of Lori Lightfoot for the April 2 run-off and pull back the curtain on the endorsement process.
As Chicago awaits the mayoral run-off on April 2, Neal isn't wasting any time in getting to work. He drops by to share his plans for what he's working on next. Plus he invites two friends—fellow candidate Paul Vallas and activist Kina Collins—to the studio to reflect on Neal's campaign and his next chapter.
"Paul Vallas Really Loves His Broom," a Chicago Magazine profile published in the run-up to the election (0:57)
"Young Chicago Activists Have A Plan: Take Over City Hall," a WBEZ story featuring Kina Collins (0:58)
Neal's faculty page at Northwestern (2:36)
Mike McGee on Twitter (2:52)
Chicago Tribune article on low voter turnout (4:37)
The Daily Line (8:18)
Our episode on Neal's launch event (13:30)
On February 26, Neal hosted friends and family for a party to say thank you and to watch the election returns. There was charcuterie, laughter, a few tears, and a lot of love. Not too shabby for a candidate who was never expected to get on the ballot. The first election may be over (Chicago is headed to a run-off in April), but the work is just beginning.
New York Times story on the election (00:39)
The Chicago Board of Elections' unofficial summary report put Neal at 1,426 votes, or 0.27% (2:45)
Neal and fellow candidate John Kozlar graduated from the same Chicago high school (3:00)
Candidate Willie Wilson handed out checks on Valentine's Day, ostensibly to help Chicagoans pay their property taxes, definitely not anything to do with trying to win an election, nope (8:25)