Posts tagged "Democrats"

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 2nd Congressional District

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 2nd Congressional District
For the past several days, we’ve asked some politicians from our area how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. In this latest installment, we’re featuring the 2nd Congressional District race. The race includes Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Republican challenger Brian Woodsworth and Independent Marcus Lewis. Jackson’s spokesman told us... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak
The 7th district includes the suburban neighborhood of Oak Park, which is known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and stately homes. But Oak Park, and many other communities in the 7th district, also have low-income residents whose needs include affordable housing and employment. In this series we’ve been talking to politicians about issues surrounding... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Chicagoland foreclosures spike; public grumbing over River Point TIF; Quinn says pension costs could surpass state's education spending

Chicago-area foreclosures in July were 37 per cent higher than they were a year ago. Citing RealtyTrac data released Thursday, The Chicago Tribune reported that 11,885 homes in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties were in some stage of foreclosure last month: 5,374 entered the foreclosure process; 3,274 were scheduled for a... Read more »
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Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally

Asian Americans push for greater political clout in Illinois, nationally
It’s high time the Asian American community had a stronger political voice, locally and nationally, said a number of advocates working to make the group more politically significant this election cycle. During a news conference call early this week, a national pollster and several activists discussed the results of national and statewide polls that indicate... Read more »

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 »

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor

Illinois recall law much tougher than Wisconsin's to oust governor
Wisconsin voters Blitzkrieged the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a recall election won by incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker over challenger Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The special election came compliments of pissed off pro-labor and progressive activists, who gathered more than 900,000 signatures supporting Walker’s recall — when only about 540,000 were needed... Read more »
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Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith

Lance Tyson, Stroger's ex-chief of staff, discusses the issues as 3rd-party challenger to indicted Rep. Smith
On Wednesday, nine Chicago Democratic committeemen huddled in the backroom of a West Side union hall and voted to pick Lance Tyson as a third-party candidate to challenge indicted 10th District state Rep. Derrick Smith. Tyson, an attorney, will run for the 10th District Unity Party, which the committeemen created just for this election so... Read more »

Guzzardi concedes 39th District state primary race to Berrios

Guzzardi concedes 39th District state primary race to Berrios
Over a month after the March 20 primary, and a few weeks after a partial recount was conducted, Will Guzzardi announced he is conceding the 39th District state rep. primary race to incumbent Toni Berrios. Guzzardi said that although there is still evidence of “inconsistencies” that occurred in the Northwest Side district on Election Day, he was conceding, following the advice of his lawyer.... Read more »

Guzzardi wants recount in race against 'Machine' candidate Berrios

Guzzardi wants recount in race against 'Machine' candidate Berrios
Will Guzzardi’s camp broke two weeks of silence in the 39th District state rep primary Monday morning by announcing that it wanted the March 20 ballots recounted. The Chicago Board of Elections’ current tally has Guzzardi trailing incumbent Toni Berrios by 125 votes. Guzzardi is asking for a discovery recount in 21 precincts in the... Read more »
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Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield

Elections 2012: They love ya 'til they don't; lame-duck session ahead in Springfield
Here’s a roundup of election and political news that had us folks at The Chicago Reporter talking this week: • Derrick Smith might have swept the floor with challenger Tom Swiss in the Democratic primary for 10th District state representative, but he’s probably not doing much celebrating. That’s because the West Side legislator’s star has... Read more »