Christians join Women’s March in Washington

By Christen Gall WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Her protest started with a plane ticket. Verity Ramirez, a 26-year-old medical resident at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, is a Christian who attended the Women’s March on Washington last month. She came to rally for women’s rights and for refugee and immigrant communities she felt were attacked by […]

Photo Gallery: Crowds gather at Trump inauguration in DC

The crowd cheers

by Christen Gall On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump, the real estate tycoon, was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  Trump ran as an anti-establishment Republican candidate during the 2016 presidential election winning without political or military experience.  Crowds wearing red hats with […]

Stony Island Arts Bank works to change narrative of Chicago’s South Side

Stony Island Arts Library

by Christen Gall Ten minutes south of Hyde Park, the South Side’s intellectual haven, sits a neoclassic building on the unlikely corner of Stony Island Ave. and 68th St. in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Theaster Gates, a renowned Chicago artist, urban planner and University of Chicago professor, bought the building in 2013 for a mere $1 from the city […]

Clinton’s defeat brings remorse

Election Results

By Christen Gall Excitement shifted to somberness late in the evening at the campaign watch party for Hillary Clinton as it became clear in that Donald Trump will be the nation’s next president. And the mood has prevailed. “To all the women, and especially the young women who put their faith in this campaign and […]

Lines swell in early voting finale across Chicago

Early Voting Lines

By Christen Gall Update: The number of early voters soared to about 325,000 in Chicago On the final day of early voting on Monday, polling places were busy across Chicago, coping with long lines as the presidential election was at the top of many voters’ minds. The line for early voters in downtown Chicago wrapped […]

Graphic designers promote Clinton with ‘nasty woman’ battle cry

Nasty Woman

by Christen Gall “Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart, and nasty women vote,” said Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren in a perfect blend of spunk and directness delivered in a shrill feminine voice. “And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty […]

New early voting location draws more traffic

Early Voting

by Christen Gall Reyna Hernandez wanted to make a difference in the election by casting her vote early on the second day of the early voting period. “It felt like a really important statement and to see the numbers changing early, that’s one of the other reasons why I think voting early was important because […]

President Barack Obama visits Chicago weeks before the election

President Obama arrives in Chicago on Air Force One

By Christen Gall President Barack Obama visited Chicago over the Oct. 7-9 weekend in what could be his last visit before the general election on Nov. 8. After being greeted by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama voted downtown, attended campaign events for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Illinois senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and spoke […]

7th circuit court of appeals halts ruling on election day registration

Voting Sticker

By Christen Gall and Guy-Lee King In a quick change of events Tuesday, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals halted U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan’s ruling on election day registration in Illinois. The three-judge panel, consisting of Diane Wood, Kenneth Ripple and Ilana Rovner, issued a temporary stay of Der-Yeghiayan’s injunction, filed on Sept. 27, […]