Poor Darren Bailey. The Chicago City Wire, the so-called newspaper intended to scare people like me into voting for him, arrived on Election Day, a week after I’d already voted early for someone else. Blame it on the U.S. Postal Service, Senator Bailey. In fact, I was paging through the City Wire while the results […]
Content warning: This column contains a reference to sexual violence. As I write, it’s Labor Day—traditionally, the start of the election season. That means “normal” people start to sorta pay attention to what’s going on in politics, as opposed to political junkies, like myself, who never stop paying attention. As such, it’s my pleasure to […]
We’re close to the end of “Volume 51” in a few issues. Yes, that means that we have survived nearly 51 years of publication, a feat that perhaps no one imagined might happen when we first started in 1971. For someone like me, a native Chicagoan who is themselves headed to just shy of 50 […]
Precious Brady-Davis hopes to make history as the first Black, openly transgender woman elected in Chicago.
When candidates say they’re “tough on crime,” what they really mean is “we’ll put more Black people in prison.”
The 2022 Illinois primary elections will soon be underway. Here’s everything you need to know.
Billionaire Ken Griffin is Illinois’s biggest political benefactor. But what are his donations doing to democracy?
In the past, politicians have co-opted progressive language from organizers in the Black liberation movement for their campaigns, hoping to win the Black vote.
La senadora estatal Celina Villanueva se enfrenta a un desafío en las elecciones primarias por parte del jefe de personal de Byron Sigcho-López.
Back by popular demand: The Back Room Deal features radio personality and longtime Reader political writer Ben Joravsky arguing local Chicago politics with Reader senior writer Maya Dukmasova. With sharp wit and stinging analysis, Joravsky and Dukmasova cut through the smokey haze of the elections to offer you a glimpse of the 2020 Chicago-area Illinois […]
Who needs Facebook and Russian trolls when Illinois election laws sow plenty of bad faith?
Runoff season is here, and Chicago may further freshen up the City Council.
At back-to-back forums last week 11 candidates fielded questions and even provided some answers.
They may have little name recognition and no campaign funds, but the regular people running for mayor are committed to making the city thrive.
In this installment, a young alderwoman learns that doing good is much harder than promising to do good.