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Filed Under:Local Interest / United States
Posts on Regator:1419
Posts / Week:4.9
Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Stump Connolly Reporting In: A Chewy Launch Party

The kick-off rally for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia took place at the Alhambra Palace in the West Loop on Nov. 23, to the tune of "Everyday People." 'Chewy' from Stump Connolly on Vimeo. Stump Connolly, chief political correspondent of The Week...

The Illinois Constitution and Pension Impairment

Why are your FICA taxes--Social Security and Medicare--distinct from the rest of your taxes? When Franklin Roosevelt proposed the social security program--which he termed an "old-age pension"--to the Congress, he said that it was necessary that the funding of old-age...

Stump Connolly Reporting In: Fioretti's Mid-Court Launch

Back in September, 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti launched the first serious challenge to Mayor Emanuel in a South Side gymnasium -- with a boatload of consultants on board. Stump Connolly, chief political correspondent of The Week Behind, will be...

Fioretti Talks TIF Reform

Ald. Bob Fioretti of the Second Ward has the platform of "True TIF Reform" for his mayoral campaign. I spoke with him over the phone on Friday to discuss TIFs and how to reform them. (This interview has been edited...

Stump Connolly Reporting: Rahm's Virtual Reality Rally

Rahm Emanuel opens his re-election campaign with a rally at the Cinespace Studios in Lawndale Dec. 6, 2014. The event is not on the mayor's public schedule, admission is by ticket only, and lines from every speakers are posted on...

On Elected School Boards and Horseshoes

I have figured out how Chicago can get an Elected School Board, how the election laws can stop being endlessly rigged, how actual campaign finance reform can become a possibility, how incessant Pay to Play scams can largely be shut....

Amara Enyia's Withdrawal Reflects the Ongoing Reality of Chicago Politics

Amara Enyia was the first candidate to declare for the mayoral race. By declaring so early - in February - she picked up a lot of press that she might not have otherwise received, from heavy hitters like Kari Lydersen...

Illinois Humanities Council Teams Up with Community Media Workshop to Ignite Dialogue on Gun Violence

The Illinois Humanities Council and Community Media Workshop will hold a screening today of MSNBC's "Ricochet: Life in a City Under Siege From Guns." This event kicks off a three-month-long reporting project, "Reporting Back," which partners journalists with community residents...

Madigan Moves to Eliminate Slating, Burn Republicans

In an unexpected, under-the-radar move, Speaker of the House Michael Madigan has taken action to eliminate the long-standing practice of slating in Illinois. The word "slating" has a lot of meanings in Illinois politics, but the practice described here is...

That Magical Time of Year in Chicago: It's Challenge Season

Petitions for municipal office were due at 5:00pm on Monday, November 24. Aldermanic candidates had to submit 473 valid signatures. But... if someone filed a petition with just a single signature -- their own -- they might officially be on...

Chicago to Ferguson: City Hall Sit-in Turns to Evening March Through the Loop

Chay, an organizer with BYP 100 Chicago, speaks out against police militarization and brutality at a Tuesday evening rally in downtown Chicago. Photo by Emily Brosious. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in downtown Chicago Tuesday evening to...

The Impossible Case of the Courts and Police Reform

A vulnerable population and common violations of Constitutional rights. It's precisely the type of scenario where courts should be able to intervene to stop abuses. Yet because legislative inaction and Supreme Court case law, courts are paradoxically unable to play...

National Week of Action to Free Ramsea Odeh Holds Protest at Federal Plaza

#FreeRasmeaNow Protestors Gather at Federal Plaza on Wednesday Photo credit: Sarah-Ji Rasmea Yousef Odeh, 67, was convicted last Monday of immigration fraud by a jury in federal court in Detroit. Odeh, a resident of Evergreen Park and the Associate Director...

Cities Need a New Old Philosophy: Justice

The entrepreneurial government, once a promising and slick vehicle for change, has lost that new governance philosophy-smell. What was once seen as nimble has become ossified.

Jane Byrne, the Bold Mayor

Jane Byrne in the 1985 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Photo by Alan Light. Jane Byrne was a fighter. She was sacked by Mayor Michael Bilandic from her position as the commissioner of consumer sales, weights and measures and then...

Cuts to Social Safety Net, School Resources Leave CPS Bleeding Students

For the first time since 1970, CPS enrollment has fallen below 400,000. This loss of students stems from failures by the Emanuel and Daley administrations that go beyond education policy alone.

How an Overlooked Rauner Job Creation Plan Caused Problems Across America

Plenty of words (and dollars) have been spilled over Bruce Rauner's Illinois gubernatorial campaign. But for all the attack ads and in-depth exposés, one significant Rauner policy proposal has managed to evade scrutiny, even though it would forever change the...

Chuy Garcia Jumps In, Realignment Begins

With the entry of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia into the mayoral race, the calculus has changed again. Garcia, a sitting Cook County commissioner, former alderman, and former state senator, is seasoned and well-connected. Those connections date back as far as Harold...

Bruce Rauner and the Illusion of Reform

Bruce Rauner has been running on a promise of shaking up Springfield, which is not shocking from any political candidate. Candidates often run on the promise of making progress or taking back the seat they are running for. Rauner seems...

Chicago Organizers Protest Lead-Contaminated Schools

Chicago Light Brigade demonstrators protesting lead-contamination in schools outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters in the Loop. Photo by Emily Brosious Organizers with Chicago Light Brigade (CLB) demonstrated outside a board of education meeting Wednesday morning to call for immediate...

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