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South Siders divided over the Obama Presidential Center

By DeForest Mapp
Medill Reports

Transportation, parking and the use of Jackson Park for the  Obama Presidential Center are dividing area residents as plans and community feedback continue to pour in.

The Chicago Park District is setting the date for the next public meeting for the Obama Presidential Center as well as the Tiger Woods-designed  golf course that would refurbish and combine the Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center golf courses.

Check on  future meetings on the Obama Presidential Center and proposals for it. Hear the latest opinions in this video report. Continue reading South Siders divided over the Obama Presidential Center

Democratic candidates trade digs at the first televised Illinois gubernatorial forum

By Elizabeth Beyer

Democratic candidates with an eye on winning Gov. Bruce Rauner’s title took fire at each other Tuesday night for the first televised debate of the gubernatorial race. The debate signaled a growing rivalry between candidates that include billionaire financier J. B. Pritzker, State Senator Daniel Biss and businessman Chris Kennedy as the March primaries draw near.

Candidates touched on ties to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, taxes, funding for education, and Pritzker’s toilet, among other issues. WTTW’s Carol Marin moderated the debate that included Dr. Robert Marshall, a frequent office-seeker, Tio Hardiman, executive director of the Violence Interrupters, and Bob Daiber, Madison County regional school superintendent.

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Chicago high school debaters take on the ‘most important things in the world’

By Emily Olsen

It’s late on a Friday evening, but the cafeteria at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences is packed, filled with students chatting, eating pizza and prepping for their first debate tournament of the season.

“I was nervous for the first bit, but I think it was actually a really great experience for me,” said Williams, who just completed his first round with partner Moriah Warner. He was relieved to get this first round out of the way, but ready for more.

Competitors gather in the cafeteria at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences before the first debate tournament of the year. (Emily Olsen/MEDILL)
Competitors gather in the cafeteria at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences before the first debate tournament of the year. (Emily Olsen/MEDILL)

He and Warner, both freshmen at King College Prep, are two of more than 13,000 students who have competed in the Chicago Debate League since it began in 1997. Today, they claim to be the largest urban debate league in the country.

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Free ‘Macs’ and campaign controversy lure Northwestern undergrads to presidential debate party

By Nia Prater

Students squeezed themselves onto couches placed around the room or sat knee-to-knee on the grey carpet in the main lounge of the Northwestern University’s Communications Residential College Sunday night. Seating was at a premium. Even a bench from the grand piano in the corner and a lone table by the window became prime locations.

The students were spending their Sunday evening, not doing homework or relaxing, but poised in front of their lounge’s 60 inch flat screen television, watching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off in the second of their presidential debates.

This was the dorm’s third watch party of the semester, having previously hosted residents for the very first Clinton-Trump debate and the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence just last week.

There were cheers, groans and, at times, even loud bursts of laughter as the students reacted to the quips thrown by Trump and Clinton.

Faculty chair Roger Boye started the evening off, by reiterating his earlier promise that the first students to arrive in the lounge would receive a free “Mac”. A quick dash into a side room and Boye returned with the students’ prize: boxes of McIntosh apples. They were met with applause and quickly passed all around the room.

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