1. A new mayor is coming to City Hall
Back in September, Rahm Emanuel announced that he won't seek a third term as Chicago's mayor, setting up a heated race to replace the outgoing civil servant. As of this writing, there are 21 candidates who have filed petitions to appear on the ballot, including Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Chance the Rapper-endorsed activist Amara Enyia, former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas and another Daley (Richard J. Daley's youngest son, Bill). Whoever heads to City Hall could decide the fate of the Lincoln Yards development and how the heck Chicago will address its pension debts, among other crucial issues. Chicagoans will head to polls on February 26—if no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two contenders will enter a runoff election on April 2. Prepare for at least two solid months of campaign advertisements.