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  • Where and what to vote for this midterm election in Chicago October 16, 2018
    The spring Democratic primaries may be the hottest elections in Chicago, but there's plenty of action on this midterm ballot too. This November's    election features an opportunity to decide Illinois's next governor and attorney general, Cook County's new tax assessor, and a few contested county commissioner, state legislator, and congressional seats.…
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Making All Black Lives Matter: Barbara Ransby talks politics and protesting in 2018 October 10, 2018
    Barbara Ransby, a history professor at UIC, author of Making All Black Lives Matter, and one of the keynote speakers for the March to the Polls this Saturday, October 13th, hosted a book talk and discussion panel Tuesday at the SEIU Healthcare headquarters on Halsted. The panel also included Jaquie Algee, a board member and organizer of Women's […]
    Julia Hale
  • In a face-off against Pritzker, Rauner tries a little Reagan-style voodoo economics October 8, 2018
    They were about 12 minutes into the most recent gubernatorial debate last Wednesday when ABC Seven political reporter Craig Wall asked J.B. Pritzker the tax-rate question. "Mr. Pritzker," Wall asked, "don’t you think the voters deserve to know how much you intend to raise taxes and what those rates would be?" Pritzker responded by explaining […]
    Ben Joravsky
  • The Jason Van Dyke case showed the danger of being ruled by fear October 5, 2018
    Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder today, but in an overwhelming number of cases in America, if a cop shoots someone because he's angry he's considered a murderer, while if he shoots someone because he's scared, he's innocent. We don't really know what was going on inside of the head of Jason […]
    Ryan Smith
  • Family of another teen slain by Chicago police reflects on Van Dyke verdict October 5, 2018
    Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm this afternoon, nearly four years after he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and more than two years since the video of the incident was released to the public. …
    Brita Hunegs
  • Landlords for rent control? You heard that right October 5, 2018
    Last week several hundred people packed a state senate hearing room and spilled out into the overflow seating for the latest chapter in the local fight for rent regulation. The hearing, chaired by state senator Mattie Hunter of Chicago, was one of a series soliciting responses to a bill that would not only repeal Illinois's […]
    Maya Dukmasova
  • Fifty years ago, 35,000 Chicago students walked out of their classrooms in protest. They changed CPS forever. October 4, 2018
    Among their demands: black and Latino teachers and administrators, ethnic studies classes and clubs, and bilingual education It's 1968 and 18-year-old Pemon Rami, a recent graduate of Wendell Phillips Academy High School, stands in front of the Umoja Black Student Center in Bronzeville.…
    Tanner Howard
  • As the hotel strike winds down, a new strike pops up in the West Loop October 3, 2018
    As the hotel workers' strike winds down, another union is ramping up a strike of its own. Members of the Painters District Council #14 launched a picket Monday at 1000 W. Washington, where the owners of the building, Lieberman Management Company, have contracted a nonunion company, CertaPro Painters. Victor Hernandez, a business representative for the council, sees this […]
    Brita Hunegs
  • Elvis and singing and dancing superheroes will be among the biggest cheerleaders at the Chicago Marathon October 3, 2018
    And who needs any more encouragement than that? As runners in the 41st annual Chicago Marathon bustle their way toward the finish line, the mellifluous melodies of the King of Rock will break the silence between breaths. The man in the jumpsuit is actually Chicagoan Joe Tirrito, who will post up on a small temporary […]
    Marykate O'Meara
  • The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill is at war with American exceptionalism and imperialism October 3, 2018
    There was no obvious moment when the torch passed during host Jeremy Scahill's interview with Seymour Hersh on a recent live episode of Intercepted, but it wasn't difficult to imagine one. Like Hersh, Scahill was born on the south side of Chicago, and his worldview was partially shaped by his family's experience in the city […]
    Ryan Smith