Voters will go to the polls to settle aldermanic races in 14 wards. There are also a number of races up for grabs in many suburbs.
In Chicago, Emanuel says the elections are important because the city is facing a number of tough issues, and he says voters were clear in February they want reform.
"I need a new partner. I was upfront in the election about that. And that partner is a City Council that wants to work in the spirit of reform and change to the way business is conducted in city government," said Emanuel.