First, Arne Duncan decided not to run for mayor. The former U.S. education secretary said he wanted to stay focused on his anti-violence work.

Next, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said he was out. He needs to stick with the congressional effort to protect Ukraine from Russia, he said.

The leaders among those still lining up are well known but well worn. There’s Paul Vallas, a former Chicago schools chief with an 0-for-2 record in runs for mayor and governor. And Gery Chico may run — another former schools chief with his own 0-for-3 tally in bids for Senate and mayor.

The others hitting the hustings are less a “Who’s who” and more like a “Who’s kidding whom?” State Rep. Kam Buckner, police union President John Catanzara, Ald. Ray Lopez and businessman Willie Wilson likely don’t have a chance of beating Lightfoot.

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David Greising

David Greising is the president and chief executive of the Better Government Association, joining the BGA in 2018. For nearly a century, the BGA has fought for honest and effective government through investigative...