By Alison Saldanha Medill Reports On a warm spring Saturday in Grant Park, where Barack Obama held his victory rally in 2008, voters waving blue and white campaign signs grooved to the beat of rock, pop and gospel music, breaking into chants of “Feel the Bern!” At about 2 p.m., John Lennon’s 1971 single “Power […]
By Samone Blair Medill Reports Supporters for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential bid who attended his Grant Park rally disagreed about whether they would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden if Sanders doesn’t win the nomination.
By Samone Blair Medill Reports Three weeks ago, former Vice President Joe Biden was polling at 20% support amongst Illinois democrats according to Victory Research. This week, he’s at 63% in a Gravis Marketing poll. Based on the tumultuous nature of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, both of these polls were right at the time […]
By Anne Snabes Medill Reports ARTHUR, Ill. — Mennonite farmer Willis Kuhns said 2019 was “as frustrating as it gets.” He started planting corn on his farm in Arthur in mid-April last year, but frequent rain halted the process. “It would almost be ready to plant and then we’d get another rain,” Kuhns said. Kuhns […]
By Adam Rhodes Medill Reports The Northalsted Business Alliance (NHBA), a business group in the North Side queer enclave of Boystown, plans to tap Walsh Security as its summer security provider, just weeks after a local community center ousted the firm amid activist pressure over its owner’s racist and violent past. Jennifer Gordon, a representative […]
By Adam Rhodes Medill Reports Center on Halsted, an LGBT community center in Boystown, chose a new security firm in late January in response to a months-long series of protests, letters and activism from the community about the previous security firm owner’s racist past. Following a bidding processing that kicked off late last year, Quantum […]
By Zoe Collins Rath Medill Explores Tommy John of the Los Angeles Dodgers took to the mound in 1977 like he did hundreds of times in his career. But this time would be different — early into the game he felt a sharp pain in his elbow. “I hurt my elbow in the second or […]