Tag: Barack Obama

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Obama Comes Home. President Barack Obama will be in town on Thursday to cast his ballot in early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot last week. It’s all part of the Obama campaign’s push to get people to vote early, especially in key battleground states. Struggling Middle Class. The Chicago Reporter... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing

What's Up This Week: Voter registration drive, Hispanics and philanthropy, CHA public hearing period closing
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on around Chicago this week: National Voter Registration Day: With the presidential election coming ever closer, civic groups and political organizations all across the country are calling for a National Voter Registration Day Tuesday. The aim is to hit the streets to register as many voters as possible. Chicago... Read more »

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?

Digital town halls: An additional civic tool, or another barrier?
Plenty of politicians like to jaw about how much more accessible to constituents digital technology allows them to be, or how social media provide an avenue to reach a larger audience. There’s some truth to that–consider President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign–but there are also arguments that social media, when used as a political tool, can... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Rep. Smith's saga moves to penalty phase; North Side schools get most CPS TIF money; city OKs $12M in protest settlements

Things aren’t getting any easier for indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. On Wednesday, the House Special Investigating Committee, tasked with looking into accusations Smith took a $7,000 bribe, found there were sufficient reasons to punish him, and asked a new committee be formed to decide what that punishment should be. So now a... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: Jay-Z supports Obama's stance on gay marriage, but will black America?

Barber Shop Show preview: Jay-Z supports Obama's stance on gay marriage, but will black America?
Will Obama’s new stance, supporting gay marriage, hurt him with socially conservative black voters? Rapper and hip hop mogul Jay-Z doesn’t think so. “It’s really not about votes,” he said on Tuesday in an interview with CNN. “It’s about people. I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.” A Washington Post... Read more »

Illinois primary results: Winners and losers

Illinois primary results: Winners and losers
The results from Tuesday’s contests are in. Here are the races The Chicago Reporter was watching: President of The United States Mitt Romney won Illinois, with 47 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum, the closest challenger, came away with 35 percent. Most of Romney’s support came from the city and suburbs, while Santorum split some... Read more »
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Illinois primaries offer big showdowns, much drama

Illinois’ primary is Tuesday, March 20, and Chicagoans will be voting in a number of hot contests, among them: President of the United States: This race will likely not be that big of a draw in a blue town like Chicago, which counts the incumbent, unopposed President Barack Obama amongst the indigenous. But in the... Read more »

Elections 2012: The week in review

Elections 2012: The week in review
Here’s a roundup of election news that was on The Chicago Reporter’s political radar this week: This election cycle, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s camp finds itself doing something it usually doesn’t have to do: campaign. This week, Madigan’s staff sent out a jokey campaign flier attacking prison-bound former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose impeachment was... Read more »

The allure of 'secure'

A year after Secure Communities, a controversial immigration enforcement program at the center of President Barack Obama’s immigration policies, was launched, Janet Napolitano, then-secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, described the program as an “effective tool to identify and remove dangerous criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety.” But the cover... Read more »
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Since Obama's election, has racism gotten better or worse?

I will always remember being in Grant Park the night Barack Obama was elected president. The air was thick with a kind of intoxicating magic. People were crying, hugging strangers, singing and shouting. But two years later, I think it’s safe to say the bloom is off the rose. That night, America felt to me... Read more »