With roughly seven weeks to go until round one of the mayoral election, here’s what we know so far from the latest polls. If the election were held today, the winner would be . . . Karen Lewis! OK, I’ll get to that. But, first, a word or two about a recent “poll.” It was […]
It’s that time of the season where I measure a year’s worth of political progress by comparing steps forwards and steps back, in the hope that overall we’ve made progress. I could fill this issue with many examples of elections, budgets, and spending plans from 2022. But I’ll settle on a few items. Starting with […]
Close to the end of ’Vol. 51’
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 […]
LGBTQ+ Chicagoans discuss Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s record.
Here’s what you need to know about participatory budgeting
“It sounded like the way I thought democracy was supposed to work.”
‘What difference would that make?’
A pilot program for participatory budgeting in Chicago Public Schools led to gender-neutral bathrooms, shower curtains in locker rooms, and students feeling empowered to influence change.
How does the city budget work?
A guide to who holds the power and purse strings when it comes to Chicago’s money
The mayor’s assassin
Revisiting a murder in the White City.
Can Toni Preckwinkle distance herself from the machine?
She’s tried to position herself as a progressive outsider but still has a reputation as the “Boss.”
Is Lori Lightfoot really the progressive candidate?
Does the reform candidate stand a chance in post-Rahm Chicago?
Leave the flatlands behind in Savanna and Galena, along the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi
Head west for quaint townships and lush landscapes.
Dorothy Brown will make history as first black woman elected mayor, supporters say
Despite being under federal investigation, the Cook County circuit court clerk announced her candidacy for Chicago mayor Sunday.
The legacy of Mayor Harold Washington
In many ways, Chicago’s political climate has changed little since the death of the political visionary.
Governor Rauner reiterates that he plans to keep his meeting schedule private
The governor responds to the Reader‘s story about his fight to conceal his schedules from the public.
Governor Rauner says he can hold as many secret meetings on public time as he wants
The governor’s office fights to keep his calendars and meeting schedules from the public.