Posts tagged "President Barack Obama"

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 »

The other Romney fought segregation, why don't we?

The other Romney fought segregation, why don't we?
My family is from Detroit. My four times great grandfather, George Cottrell, was one of the founders of St. Clair County, up river from the Motor City. He and his French descendents helped settle the region. Another hundred years later, my grandmother’s grandfather arrived from Germany and married my great great grandmother, who also hailed... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions

What's Up This Week: Election Day, the other Romney, a post-racial US, and declining unions
Election Day. The billions of dollars spent, the contentious debates and passionate speeches all come down to this day. On Nov. 6 voters head to the polls to pick their leaders from the White House to local races. The Other Romney. Republican Mitt Romney caught a lot of flack about his opinion on government aid when... 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 »

Video: Immigrants flock to Navy Pier in pursuit of a dream

Thousands of undocumented young people gathered at Chicago’s Navy Pier and beyond for what many called a historic day. They were all waiting to inch a bit closer to the American Dream. Wednesday was the first day of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a temporary protected status for undocumented young people who would otherwise... Read more »

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 »
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Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform

Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform
Two political rivals appear to have buried the hatchet, or, at the very least, saw the political value of uniting in a carefully orchestrated backslapping session over an issue likely to be huge in this fall’s election. Together at Little Village High School Tuesday to announce a proposed city ordinance aimed at immigration reform, Mayor... Read more »

Race, poverty and politics: Supreme Court rules on health care; cabbies plan strike; city passes pot law; Emanuel introduces new gun ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the majority of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law Thursday. Five of the nine justices ruled that key provisions, such as the individual mandate were constitutional. But it threw out a provision that would have withheld federal funds from states that elected not to expand their Medicaid programs. Check... Read more »

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois

What court's Affordable Care Act rulings mean for Illinois
More low-income people in Illinois will be able to enroll in Medicaid, and the state could create its own exchange for Illinoisans to shop for competitively priced health insurance, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold most of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. When it comes to Medicaid, the majority of... Read more »
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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 »