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Poll: Weak Clinton Lead Over Trump in Illinois Should Worry State Dems

David Ormsby | Posted 01.30.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

For those Illinois Democrats who have been trusting in Hillary Clinton's skirt tails as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee to help sweep Illinois House and Senate Democratic incumbents back into office and to perhaps topple some GOP lawmakers, uh, knock it off.

Poll: Duckworth Lead Over Kirk Shrivels

David Ormsby | Posted 09.20.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Thursday, Duckworth's campaign fired off a fundraising email to supporters bragging about a new poll showing her leading Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk by four-points.

Poll: Cullerton Holds Slight Edge in Race to Succeed Duckworth

David Ormsby | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Democratic contest to succeed U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) has already drawn two announced candidates about whom voters are overwhelmingly undecided, a new survey says.

Poll: Duckworth Zaps Zopp in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary

David Ormsby | Posted 05.22.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

On Friday, May 15, the Chicago Sun-Times' Michael Sneed reported that Zopp, who has been recruited by ex-White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, had decided to run. Apparently, Zopp got her poll results back.

Marina Fang

Rahm Emanuel Reverses Position On Policy That Would Affect Chicago-Based United Airlines | Marina Fang | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO -- In a move that shows why Chicago's called "clout city," United Airlines may have used its political influence to strong-arm Chicago Mayor R...

In Rahm Emanuel's 'Embarrassing' Victory, A Warning for Democrats

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Despite the power of incumbency and the backing of the President, Rahm Emanuel nevertheless became the first mayor in Chicago history to be forced into a runoff. Emanuel's struggle to retain his office is a warning for politicians everywhere: Corporate Democrats are likely to find themselves on the defensive in 2016 and beyond.

Kim Bellware

Rahm Emanuel Survives Runoff To Win Second Term As Chicago Mayor | Kim Bellware | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Incumbent Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won reelection Tuesday after defeating progressive rival Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in a histor...

Rahm Emanuel Seeks To Avoid Second Embarrassment In Runoff Election

AP | SARA BURNETT AND SOPHIA TAREEN | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the stage in an ornate hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago one day this week where roughly 1,400 African-Americ...

Joseph Erbentraut

Watch This Chicago Debate Moderator Get Booed For Going After Chuy Garcia's Son | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.01.2015 | Latino Voices

When Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia faced off Tuesday in their final mayoral runoff debate, it was th...

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

Alana Baum | Posted 05.24.2015 | Chicago
Alana Baum

Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.

Black Leadership for Sale in Chicago

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.18.2015 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

The African American vote plays a crucial role in electoral politics, especially in a big city like Chicago. Many candidates have to gain approval from the African American community in order to secure the mayor's office.

Rahm Emanuel Still Vulnerable After First Debate With Challenger Chuy Garcia

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

Snappy, scrappy and visibly tense are how Rahm Emanuel and his challenger, Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, came across Monday night in the first of three live te...

Roque Planas

The Latino Victory Project Still Undecided On Hispanic Candidate Attracting National Attention In Chicago | Roque Planas | Posted 03.14.2015 | Latino Voices

The Latino Victory Project hasn't decided whether to push for a Latino victory in the Chicago mayoral race. The nonpartisan political action commi...

Rauner Funding Cut to Preschool for HIV/AIDS-Affected Kids Promises Political Fight

David Ormsby | Posted 05.10.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Insiders were struck by the political tone-deafness of the cut, given the charged history of the well-regarded nonprofit and its 13-year struggle to cling to the funding for its preschool and specialized nursing care for ill children.

Dominick Cleans Up Cicero Legal Woes, Creates Business Boom

David Ormsby | Posted 05.06.2015 | Chicago
David Ormsby

During the reign of incumbent Town President Larry Dominick, the notorious Cook County suburb has shed much the inefficient bureaucratic bloat that at times made the town ungovernable and ripe for corruption.

Chicago Mayoral Candidate Denies Making Racially Charged Remark

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

An African-American candidate in Chicago’s mayoral race is backtracking after he apparently said that he isn't prejudiced against "whiteys" during a...

Chicago's Mayoral Race

Tio Hardiman | Posted 03.13.2015 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Chicago's upcoming Mayoral Race could be up for grabs with four strong contenders looking to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel this February. We have Dr. Willie Wilson, William "Dock" Walls, Alderman Bob Fioretti, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia.

Jane Byrne, Chicago's First Female Mayor, Dead At 81

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

Chicago’s first and, to date, only female mayor Jane Byrne has died, according to reports. The Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed reported late F...

Bruce Rauner's Victory: A Break From the Recent Past in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

In April of this year, Gallup released the results of a national survey in which Illinois was ranked as the state with the highest percentage of residents who believe it is the worst place to live in the United States. Infamy of this sort is not easily earned, but instead accrues over decades.

Joseph Erbentraut

Rahm Emanuel's Re-Election Chances Just Improved | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics

Despite the fact that his local approval ratings have been dismal for some time now, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chances for reelection in 2015 just ...

Chicago Won't Have A Barack Obama High After All

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Chicago has dropped plans to name an already controversial new high school after President Barack Obama. The Chicago Board of Education decided th...

Rahm Emanuel's Money Might Not Be Enough To Save Him

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

While Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's (D) approval rating among voters has continued to dwindle in recent polling, critics hoping to capitalize on the ma...

Guzzardi Undecided Over Mayoral Endorsement

David Ormsby | Posted 10.27.2014 | Chicago
David Ormsby

State Rep-elect Will Guzzardi, who has quickly emerged as a progressive rock star for clobbering State Rep. Toni Berrios in the March Democratic prima...

No Money Needed to Defeat Rahm Emanuel

Tio Hardiman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

There will never be another time in history when a Mayor can be so easily defeated without money. Feeding into the media hype in regards to big money represents the wrong way of thinking.

Illinois State Lawmaker Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

AP | MICHAEL TARM | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois state Rep. LaShawn Ford pleaded guilty to misdemeanor tax fraud Monday at a federal court hearing in Chicago. The Chicago ...