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50 Years Since Marquette Park - A Broader View

Marilyn Katz | Posted 08.15.2016 | Impact
Marilyn Katz

The memorial has been dedicated; the march through Chicago's Marquette Park honoring Martin Luther King's encounter with northern racism is over--anot...

Letting Go of Race

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Race is a national, indeed, human paradox of shocking volatility. Its reality is far more sociopolitical than it is scientific and objective -- "in the blood" -- and to disturb this paradox, as Dolezal did, is to activate a national fault line that sets everything shaking.

Showdown in Chicago: Harold Washington Loyalist vs. 'Mayor 1 Percent'

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

National media are already portraying this as a national showdown between the Hillary Clinton/Wall Street/corporate wing of the Democratic Party and the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders/Harold Washington populist wing.

Six Black Politicians You Probably Didn't Learn About In School

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics

African-Americans have been monumental -- and often controversial -- forces in the political realm since Reconstruction. Americans are hip to Marti...

Karen Lewis: Will She Give Rahm Emanuel a Real Fight?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.

Ed Burke and Forrest Gump's Surprising Connection

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 06.25.2013 | Chicago
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Ed Burke is like Forest Gump in that he has been witness to, and part of shaping, many of the city's key events since the late '60s.

PHOTOS: Remembering Harold Washington, 25 Years Later

Posted 11.25.2012 | Chicago

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Harold Washington, Chicago's first African-American mayor, abruptly died of a heart attack shortly after his reelection ...

Giving Thanks

Rebecca Sive | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Thanksgiving is the holiday I treasure most because we give thanks for dreams that have come true, even if only in part, and even if cut short.

Exonerated of Murder, Chicagoan's First Vote for President

David Protess | Posted 01.07.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The ring tone on his cell phone blared the '60s hit, "Hold On, I'm Comin'." Recognizing his girlfriend's number, Eric Caine anxiously took the call. "It's OK," Tina reassured him. "You're on the voter rolls."

PHOTOS: Remembering Mayor Harold Washington On His 90th Birthday

Posted 04.12.2012 | Chicago

Chicago has a long history of larger-than-life mayors, and the city's first African-American leader was no exception. Harold Washington served as ...

Rahm Emanuel Is Following Daley's Playbook From 1989

Keith Koeneman | Posted 12.19.2011 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

I am a fan of the vigorous new mayor of Chicago, but the last five months have given me a certain sense of déjà vu.

Matt Sledge

Chicago's Black Population Dwindles, Census Numbers Show | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices

The 2010 Census reveals that Chicago's black population is leaving -- to Houston, to Dallas, to Atlanta and to the other black talent-magnet cities of...

Ed Burke Offers Up Ideas For Chicago's 175th Birthday Party Next Year

Posted 09.05.2011 | Chicago

With only about nine months to go until Chicago's 175th birthday — March 4, 2012 — the City Council has begun conversations of how the city should...

Historic Soul Food Spot Closes Due To Economy, Owners Hope To Bring It Back

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Since 1945, Army & Lou's has been a South Side soul food destination. Rich in history and known for its amazing smothered fried chicken, one of the ol...

Our City Is Rich in White Women Who Deserve City Contracts

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

I never thought Rev. Meeks wanted to be Mayor, really. First, he dilly-dallied. Then, he claimed that the only way he could or would do it would be to remain as pastor of his church.

Other Voices Coming Through in Mayor's Race

Mike Klonsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Klonsky

Cracks have begun to appear in the wall protecting Rahm Emanuel. New, critical voices are coming through, making his cakewalk into the mayor's office a little more slippery.

PHOTOS: Harold Washington Library, One Of The Most Beautiful In America

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

This week, the culture website Flavorpill came out with a collection of the ten most beautiful public libraries in America. To the surprise of no one...

In the End, Tom Dart Didn't Have It in Him

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

The only thing I can conclude is that Tom Dart just didn't want the grief -- of the campaign or of running the place.

Mayor Daley Is Right: Being Mayor of Chicago Is the Best Job in the World

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Lisa Madigan is just a few years younger than Mayor Daley when he first became mayor. If she runs and wins, if she keeps running and keeps winning, she too could remake this city.

Louis Farrakhan Preaches Peace

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

One recent evening, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan made a surprise appearance at the funeral service for Rev. Claude Wyatt, founding pastor of Vernon Park Church of God.

Obama's Home-Grown GOP Problem

Steve Daley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Daley

For generations Chicago has dined out on a hard-edged Democratic image. But all the fights were internecine. When it comes to confronting the national GOP, the mythic nature of Chicago politics is just that, a myth.

Republican Governors Association Using Dan Hynes Campaign Ads To Attack Pat Quinn (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Even though the winner of the GOP's gubernatorial nomination remains unclear, Republicans are already attacking Gov. Pat Quinn--and using fellow Democ...

Campaign Reform

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

All of the candidates in this race were dead, dull and boring.

Hail Mary Mudslinging

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Does Dan Hynes' ad featuring Harold Washington represent a "game change" in this late hour of the campaign?

Jesse Jackson Jr. Gives Quinn Endorsement: "Hynes Has No Constructive Message"

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. joined Gov. Pat Quinn at a Rainbow PUSH forum Saturday and slammed Dan Hynes' recent television ads that showed former mayor Ha...