Englewood rumbles for TIF reform

By Meredith Wilson Voters in the 30th precinct in Englewood on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a ballot initiative urging citizen oversight for how tax increment financing  dollars are used  in their district. Asiaha Butler, president of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood, said the non-binding initiative in the 30th precinct was a “soft launch” of a wider campaign for reform […]

School counselor forces 10th Ward runoff

By Lizz Giordano and Sarah Kramer Political newcomer Sue Sadlowski Garza forced incumbent Ald. John Pope into a runoff to defend his 10th Ward Chicago City Council seat after a campaign that split the field between grassroots movements. With 35 of 36 precincts reporting, Pope had garnered just 45 percent of the vote, shy of […]

VIDEO: Medill Reports ElectionCast

Medill News Service’s Election 2015 video team brings you a roundup of the day’s most important coverage, exploring early morning voter delays, Chinatown’s low voter engagement and a social media rundown of what people are talking about around Chicago.

Garcia spoils Emanuel’s election night party

By Phoebe Tollefson Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia managed to dampen the mood at Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s election night party Tuesday by temporarily overcoming the mayor’s approximately $30 million war chest and forcing the city’s first-ever runoff election on April 7. At the Journeyman Plumbers Union Local 130 on the Near West Side, Emanuel […]

Peculiar Polling Places

By Mallory Hughes As Chicagoans went out to the polls on Election Day, common voting locations included nearby schools or churches, maybe an apartment building or a library. Some voters had a little bit more of an adventure.

Top 6 Election Day Pseudo-Scandals

By Kate Morrissey and Karin Vandraiss The Daley dynasty may be a thing of the past, but Chicago politics are still alive and well. Between questionable politicking and social media sass, this year’s election hasn’t disappointed when it comes to shenanigans worthy of the Windy City. 1. Doughnut-debacle 2015. Best enjoyed with your own Box O’Joe, some poll […]

VIDEO: Education key for young hockey players

By Lukas J. Voss Focusing on athletics and academics at the same time can be difficult for young athletes, especially in a sport like hockey that requires a large time commitment and plenty of driving to get to rinks and tournaments. Bridgedale academy is trying to change that. The school is offering students the ability to […]

Fioretti takes break from campaigning for pastrami

By Stephanie Choporis and Elizabeth Elving Alderman Bob Fioretti began his morning as many Chicagoans did- -by heading to the polls. He cast his ballot at his own polling place, an assisted-living facility at 1504 W. Van Buren, alongside fiancee Nicki Pecori. He remained optimistic about his own election day prospects, in spite of a recent […]

VIDEO: Chicago’s Chinatown registers 12 percent fewer voters

By Jin Wu and Andersen Xia Voter registration in Chicago’s Chinatown is dropping, according to the Chicago Board of Elections. Multiple community efforts encouraged Chinese immigrants to register and participate in elections. But after weeks of early voting for Tuesday’s election, the three precincts in the 25th Ward that cover Chinatown had a slow day […]

Senator Challenges Yellen on Interest Rate

By Lucy Ren “The financial and economic crisis has been over for at least six or seven years,” Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said in the Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday, opposing the Federal Reserve’s sustaining “crisis level interest rates.” Toomey laid out a list of evidence supporting his statement, including low unemployment, the absence of […]