Posts tagged "elections"

What’s behind the big drop in voting rights lawsuits?

In the months before a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the number of voting rights lawsuits being filed was noteworthy. But federal civil filings challenging voting rights abuses dropped 25 percent from May 2013 to June 2013, and there were 36.7 percent fewer... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: A day at the polls

Air Force One arrives at O’Hare International Airport in the early morning hours of Nov.6, 2012 in Chicago. President Barack Obama and his family will be spending Election Day in the city where his political career began. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
The most expensive political race in recent history comes down to this day. Now that all of the billions have been spent, the voters will have their say. Besides choosing who will be in the Oval Office for the next four years, voters in Illinois are also casting ballots for Congress, the state legislature and... Read more »

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 »
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Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?

Will Lance Tyson's history of generous campaign contributions help fill his coffers?
Before being picked last week to be the candidate for the new 10th District Unity Party, Lance Tyson assured a panel of nine Chicago Democratic committeemen that he’ll be able to come up with enough money to run a race for state representative. Fielding a question from Secretary of State Jesse White, the panel chair,... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: NATO and Chicago's finest; 3rd-party candidate talks politics; Medicaid cuts pass House

As the city winds down from a weekend of riot police and protesters, different takes on the NATO summit are emerging. Despite claims of police abuse during the NATO summit, much of Chicago media has lionized Chicago Police Department superintendent Gary McCarthy. The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story saying “the city has a new... Read more »

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 »
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And then there were 3: List narrowed for third-party candidate for 10th District

State Democratic power brokers narrowed down to three the number of candidates still in the running to represent the new 10th District Unity Party in this fall’s election and challenge Democratic nominee state Rep. Derrick Smith. These lawmakers, many of whom supported Smith’s candidacy leading into the primary, turned on him after he refused to... Read more »

What's up this week: Minimum wage bill approaching Senate floor; pressure building on Rep. Smith to step aside

Here’s a peek at what’s happening on the political front this week: A bill aimed at hiking the state’s hourly minimum wage to $10 from $8.25, originally thought to be headed to the Senate floor this week, is more likely to hit the Senate May 16, said 4th District state Sen. Kimberly Lightford, a Westchester... 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 »
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Details of voting 'irregularities' surface in Guzzardi, Berrios saga

Details of voting 'irregularities' surface in Guzzardi, Berrios saga
A missing poll list, a vote-totals box that appeared to be tampered with, and a precinct captain promising voters city services are a few of the “irregularities” Will Guzzardi’s camp believes happened at a few 39th District polling places on the March 20 Democratic primary. Guzzardi is challenging incumbent 39th District state Rep. Toni Berrios–daughter... Read more »