Illinois Republicans spent big last election in hopes of winning the General Assembly

By David Jordan Since the 2010 midterm elections the Republican Party has made long term investments in flipping as many state legislatures as possible. And over the last three campaigns, their gamble has paid off. In the past six years, the Republicans have managed to take nearly 1,000 state legislature seats from the Democrats across […]

Chicago Fidel Castro supporters say farewell to a controversial man

Signing tributes to Fidel

By David Jordan Ilona Gersh of the Socialist Worker’s Party offered solace through remembrance Monday by selling mourners books of transcribed speeches from the late Fidel Castro. She also offered relief through other such left-leaning works as, “Is socialist revolution in the US possible?” Since the death of Castro, she has seen a lot of […]

A historic evening, but not what they imagined

University of Chicago students view results

By David Jordan It was a night of surprises. At the election watch party at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics,  the overwhelming favorite was Hillary Clinton, and students formed a long line to pose with a cardboard cut-out of the Democratic nominee. Early in the evening when the main dining hall was standing […]

The 606 is pushing up real estate prices along its path

By David Jordan Nearly 16 months after opening, the 606 has come to define its surrounding neighborhoods, for better or for worse. The 2.7-mile-long trail was developed by the Trust for Public Land, a national organization whose mission in part is to create and protect parkland, especially in underserved communities. Before the conversion of the […]

The far South Side is one step closer to a Red Line extension

Red Line Meeting

By David Jordan Jerry Brown is frustrated after years of broken promises. The West Pullman resident is one of many eager to hear the latest   plans to bring Chicago Transit Authority train stations to the largely black communities on the city’s far South Side. The long-promised project has recently gotten a firmer timeline from the […]

In Elmwood Park early voters are eager to see the election season end

I Voted! wrist bands

By David Jordan At the Elmwood Park Village Hall early voters were eager to get this election over with. The line was short and most voters were done in about 15 minutes in one of the last days of early voting. And when the election judges thought back to last year’s early voting period, they […]