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Got a question about the election this November? Chicago’s mayoral race? Illinois politics in general? BGA Engagement Editor Mia Sato will select and investigate readers’ questions and publish stories based on your submissions. Ask away!

Step 1: You ask us questions about the election
Step 2: We find the answers
Step 3: Everyone learns something new!

Here’s an idea of what you could ask:

  • Are there other states in the US that have a few powerful political families?
  • What does the comptroller do, and why should I care about the race?
  • What’s unique about this race for governor?
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