Posts tagged "election"

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns
It was one of the big stories coming out of the 2012 election campaign – the minority vote. For the first time ever, the rate of black voters surpassed that of whites in the United States, by 2.1 percentage points. According to the 2012 Census report on voter turnout, 64.1 percent of white voters came... Read more »

Voters fight cold, snow in primary election to fill ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s post

Voters fight cold, snow in primary election to fill ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s post
Despite the weather, voters in and around Chicago shuffled to their local polling stations for Tuesday’s primary election. Voters were to pick the Democrat and Republican who will vie for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat in the April 9 election. Jackson resigned from his post in November, citing his mental health and amid... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District
It’s never too late to get answers on the important issues. With only hours before counting returns from the election begins, we bring you the last Q&A in our series. 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... Read more »
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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 »

America, are we post-racial or even more racial?

A California Republican official sent this image in an email in 2011 to some members of the Orange County Republican Central Committee. The image created a firestorm, went viral and eventually the official apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Four years ago, the historic election of President Barack Obama moved the nation to ponder: Are we now a post-racial America? And no matter how people responded to that question, most Americans seemed to acknowledge the election of our first black president symbolized, at the least, that our nation has moved some distance beyond the... 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 »
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The Barber Shop Show: Kimbriell Kelly's favorite WTFs and election extravaganza

The Barber Shop Show: Kimbriell Kelly's favorite WTFs and election extravaganza
Last week on The Barber Shop Show, we had a farewell gathering for our publisher and host of the show, Kimbriell Kelly. She is leaving The Chicago Reporter shortly to be an investigative reporter at The Washington Post. For her last show before the election, we focused on one of her favorite segments: the WTFs we... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Rep. Luis Gutierrez vs. Hector Concepcion

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Rep. Luis Gutierrez vs. Hector Concepcion
The Chicago Reporter has been committed to covering race and poverty since its humble beginnings in 1972. It’s 40 years later and that commitment remains. There’s a lot on the line this election season from the White House on down to the local races. We’ve asked some politicians from our communities how they would help... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Bobby Rush vs. Don Peloquin

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Bobby Rush vs. Don Peloquin
Race and poverty are two words that are rarely heard during election season. They were conspicuously missing from the presidential debate and odes to the middle class are standard for campaigners. We asked some local politicians running in the November election how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. From the... Read more »
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Governor Quinn squeaks by thanks to the efforts of Obama and others to turn out the black vote

President Barack Obama called me  the day before Election Day last week. Well, it wasn’t actually the president, just a recording. And it wasn’t a personal call. It was a recording probably sent to tens of thousands of likely African American voters in Illinois in an effort to drum up support for embattled Illinois Governor... Read more »