Chicago Bahá’ís seek support for Iranians

Tooraj Talebi, a Baha'i refugee, came to the U.S. 30 years ago

By Duke Omara In 1984, 19-yearold Tooraj Talebi made a mad dash across the Iranian desert towards Pakistan, enduring sleepless nights, numerous police check points and human traffickers. He didn’t have a final destination in mind. But he knew he had to get out of Iran, find a place where he could practice his religion […]

Close to Thanksgiving, hundreds of O’Hare workers set to strike

By June Leffler [Update: On Mon., Nov. 21, SEIU Local 1 announced that the strike has been delayed until after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and is now set for Tues., Nov. 29] Baggage handlers, custodians, security officers and wheelchair attendants have voted to strike in the next few days, potentially through Thanksgiving weekend. Workers are […]

No quitting their agenda for Cook County Democrats with an eye on 2018 elections

American flag and downtown Chicago skyline by Trump Tower

By Hannah Moulthrop Last week’s presidential election left Cook County Democrats shocked at Hillary Clinton’s loss, but ready to fight for their agenda in Congress and at home. And new volunteers are signing up “by the minute” to ready the party for the 2018 midterm elections, a party leader said. And party winners are calling […]

Can’t vote? Next step: become a citizen

Rodrigo Vences, employee at the Honorary Consulate of Mexico in Chicago, explaining citizenship process with prospective applicant.

By Katanga Johnson [An earlier version of this story ran election night on Medill Reports.] As more than one hundred million Americans cast their ballots on Nov. 8, thousands of hopefuls prepared themselves for the next election. But first they need to become American citizens. Rodrigo Vences, employee at the Honorary Consulate of Mexico in […]