One of the more revealing scenes in City So Real—Steve James’s insightful documentary about Chicago politics, takes place in a Gold Coast penthouse. It’s 2019. And James, chronicling the last mayoral election, is filming a dinner party hosted by Christie Hefner. They’re talking politics and one of the guests—Norman Bobins, a retired banker—opines that no […]
Alderperson Matt Martin boldly tries to go where few have gone before.
For over twenty years, my centrist friends have been giving me grief for presidential losses the Democrats have suffered. For example . . . Gore’s defeat in 2000, allegedly caused by lefties voting for Ralph Nader. Or Hillary Clinton’s in 2016, allegedly caused by lefties not voting at all. The centrist message to me went […]
Billionaire Ken Griffin is Illinois’s biggest political benefactor. But what are his donations doing to democracy?
A new ABC docuseries focuses on the young public official changing the face of Chicago politics.
From voter outreach to working for their communities, undocumented immigrants across the Chicago area don’t let their immigration status get in the way of participating politically.
Frederick Wiseman’s documentary offers a hopeful look at political institutions.
The push to make all single-stall public restrooms in Illinois gender-neutral
Reformers across the nation are learning to be afraid.
In the world of the perfectly adequate (though exceptionally well-lit) rom-com, everything is possible.
Lori Lightfoot can negotiate a better agreement at Lincoln Yards and 78.
A timeline of historic moments in LGBTQ elected history in the Chicago area.
Lightfoot and Preckwinkle claim to be progressives but they stayed away from the front lines during the great fights of the Rahm years.
Tall tales about Lincoln Yards and CPS are part of Rahm’s attempt to make us forget Mayor 1 Percent.
The Reader‘s mayoral cheat sheet is here to help.