Posts tagged "voting"

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 »

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 »

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 »
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Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad

Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad
America’s wealthiest 1 percent have gotten a bad rap as of late. Depending on your perspective, you might think their representation as greedy, disinterested and selfish is or isn’t deserved. But some social scientists at Northwestern University decided to survey 104 Chicago-area households that make more than $7.5 million to ask them about their attitudes... Read more »

More than 800,000 Chicagoans took a pass on this year's historic election

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was the city’s highest in any municipal election since 1995, but it still fell far short of predictions. For more visit chicagoreporter.com Some predicted that voter turnout would top 50 percent, but just 42 percent of the city’s 1.4 million registered voters turned out at the polls Tuesday. Voter turnout... Read more »

Illinois' electoral map: Not so blue these days

Democrat Pat Quinn narrowly escapes a strong challenge from Republican Bill Brady due mostly to an overwhelming victory in Cook County. But Quinn won just two counties outside of Cook.
On Election Night last week, I saw a Twitter post that described Illinois’ electoral map as an island of blue surrounded by a sea of red–a reference to a blue Cook County and red pretty much everywhere else in Illinois. And that map has been in the making for several years. Since 2004, the Democrats... 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 »

News Roundup: Illinois continues to struggle to educate students who are poor, minority

Out of the 491 Illinois schools that are at least 90 percent poor and 90 percent minority, only one has also managed to get 90 percent of its students to meet state testing standards.   More at chicagoreporter.com Also in the news.. Six of 15 convicted corrupt building and zoning inspectors allegedly used connections to... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago's jobless rate improves, slightly

The Chicago jobless rate has fallen to 9.4 percent from last year’s 10.4, matching the Illinois rate, but still slightly higher than the national rate of 9.2 percent. The country’s economy grew at a two-percent rate between July and September, an improvement over the 1.7 percent growth between April and June. However, economists surveyed by... Read more »
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Is the Tea Party trying to keep black voters from the polls?

I recently saw a hilarious sketch at Second City. At a polling place on election day, an election official informed voters that voting had been privatized by the Tea Party, and because of that, they were required to take a literacy test in order to vote. White voters, even the crazy, shirtless, drunken ones, were... Read more »