Category: politics

Worst People of 2012: A Top Ten List

In 2012, I tried to practice a more forgiving and peaceable existence than in years past. I tried to be understanding. Turned the other cheek. Let things roll off my back.Took deep breaths. Offered it up. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Surviving a presidential election season without screaming at every idiot person who tried to rationalize why... Read more »

Downers Grove and the Valley View Pond

The Village of Downers Grove is set to vote tonight on the naturalization of Valley View pond. It’s not a very big pond, as these things are measured, but to the residents who bought homes in the Valley View subdivision it’s an integral part of the quality of the neighborhood. Area homeowners want for the... Read more »

I Vote.

I Vote.
I wrote this two years ago. Still feel just as excited for this election as I did my first. Every other year, the days leading up to the first Tuesday in November are filled almost exclusively with election politics. From television pundits to internet hysteria to robocalls galore, we can’t get away from the craziness... Read more »

Election Night Drinking: What's The Perfect Political Cocktail?

Help me out, ChicagoNow readers. Tomorrow night is Election Night and in my home that means a night spent glued to the television and computer waiting on the returns. In presidential elections past, my children were young and any celebrating was done with sparkling apple juice. Now that they are all of voting age, I... Read more »

Pro Choice? Why Illinois Legislative Races Matter

If you’re pro-choice, chances are you’re voting for President Obama, as Republican challenger Mitt Romney has a long track record of being in favor of restricting access to abortion. There will likely be vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years, and a President Romney would probably nominate a pro choice candidate for... Read more »

Presidential Debate: Ten Foreign Policy Questions

Who knew the final presidential candidate debate, held just 15 days before the election, would have so much riding on it? Focusing on foreign policy, Monday’s debate may not swing many voters, but with polls showing President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney running neck and neck every undecided voter is a prize beyond measure. We... Read more »

Debate Aftermath: Trashing Katherine Fenton

At the debate last night, a young woman asked the presidential candidates a question about work equality, noting that women make less than men. Now, this isn’t news, and hasn’t been for a long time. For decades women have been challenging inequalities in the workplace, with slow and erratic success. The candidates answered her question... Read more »

The Source and The Story: Lessons Learned in Hyperlocal Reporting

Nearly two years ago, early in 2010, I heard a rumor. As a longtime Downers Grove resident, and then a hyperlocal blogger, hearing rumors was part and parcel of almost every day. This rumor, however, was detailed, specific and the source was unimpeachable. But The Source was a government official, and didn’t want to be... Read more »

Birth control access increasingly restricted: Is it time to worry? (Yes.)

In the war against women’s reproductive rights, when will enough be enough? That’s the question that women need to be asking, as draconian laws which increasingly restrict our access to birth control continue to be enacted by states. On May 15, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed a law which allows pharmacists to refuse to fill... Read more »

Dear Hilary Rosen: What the hell were you thinking?

To: Hilary Rosen From: Lucy Lloyd Re: Ann Romney Hilary- What the hell were you thinking? You’re supposed to be some sort of political strategist, and you blew it. The Democratic party’s carefully built base of women voters has grown every time a Republican presidential candidate opened his (and briefly, her) mouth. All they’ve had... Read more »