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Poll: Clinton Thumping Trump in Illinois by 19-points, Leading in DuPage Too

David Ormsby | Posted 10.20.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Hillary Clinton holds not only a commanding 19-point lead over Donald Trump in Illinois according to a new poll, but also she has grabbed a solid lead...

Poll: 62% of Chicago Voters Support Sales Tax Hike on Booze to Fund Mental Health, Drug Treatment

David Ormsby | Posted 09.15.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Concern over funding for mental health care and drug treatment services is acute enough that even tax-weary Chicago voters back a sales tax hike on ho...

Poll: Chicago Voters Sour on Rahm, Tax Hikes

David Ormsby | Posted 09.08.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The eventual and tormented release of the Laquan McDonald shooting death video in January pulverized Mayor Rahm Emanuel's political standing with Chic...

Poll: IL Voters Want More Spending on Mental Health, Drug Treatment

David Ormsby | Posted 08.25.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Historically, stigma weighed heavily on individuals struggling with mental illness or drug/alcohol addiction or both. In the '70s and '80, families ea...

We've Got An All New For You

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.22.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Yep. You're right where you belong. Hello and welcome to your new Reboot Illinois! After surveying many of you, listening to your suggestions and con...

We've Got An All New For You

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.22.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Yep. You're right where you belong. Hello and welcome to your new Reboot Illinois! After surveying many of you, listening to your suggestions and con...

A 'Protest' Against Tammy Duckworth May Not Have Been Real

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) was greeted by a few dozen African-American protesters outside a Monday gathering in Chicago. They held up...

Poll: Clinton Lead in Illinois Over Sanders Slips

David Ormsby | Posted 02.20.2016 | Chicago
David Ormsby

After being thumped in New Hampshire last week by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton returned to Illinois on Wednesday only to see that her edge over the Vermont senator has eroded.

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

David Ormsby | Posted 01.30.2017 | 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 09.20.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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 05.22.2016 | 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...

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...