Free doughnuts raise questions about electioneering at Bridgeport polls

By Dean DeChiaro

Just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday, two poll watchers at the Hamburg Athletic Club on South Emerald Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood told potential voters to cast their ballots for Patrick Daley Thompson, the former mayor’s nephew and candidate in the 11th Ward, and to help themselves to “free coffee and doughnuts.”

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Chicago election turn out hits recent low

By Laura Furr and Emily Hoerner

Updated at 11 p.m.

Chicago voter turnout for the 2015 municipal election was the lowest it has been in recent history, beating out the 2007 low of 33.1 percent.

According to the Chicago Board of Election’s unofficial summary 32.7 percent of the city’s 1.42 million registered voters showed up at the polls Tuesday.

Throughout the day, Chicagoans described the calm of the polling stations.

“It was super quiet. It was like a library,” said 34-year-old Chicagoan Whet Moser, who tweeted that he was the 122nd voter at 3 p.m. at the Smith Park voting site in the 26th Ward.

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Emanuel vows to “get back out there” as Garcia forces runoff

By Elizabeth Elving and Sara Romano

Updated 11:16 p.m.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel pledged to supporters at his election party Tuesday night that “we will get back out there” as he prepares for a runoff against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on April 7.

 

Emanuel fell short of the majority needed to win outright, resulting in the first time a runoff has been needed to decide the Chicago mayoral election. Garcia gathered 34 percent to force the runoff.

 

“They wrote us off, they said we didn’t have a chance, while they spent millions attacking us. We are still standing!” Garcia told supporters at his own campaign party. “We’re gonna fight and we’re gonna work hard and we’re gonna win. We’re gonna take this city together.”

 

Willie Wilson received nearly 11 percent of the vote, followed by  Ald. Bob Fioretti with 7 percent and William “Dock” Walls with 3 percent.

 

Voter turnout hovered around 33 percent of registered voters, down from the 2011 mayoral campaign.

 

Garcia surpassed projections from a Feb. 17 Chicago Tribune poll, which had him getting only 20 percent of the vote.

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VIDEO: Rahm takes in more than $1 million from investment bankers

By Daniel Brown

Since the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United, unprecedented amounts of money have flown into elections. According to the Sun-Times, Mayor Emanuel has raised nearly $30 million in the last five years. In fact, almost half of the money he has raised since October of last year has come from a handful of investment bankers.
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Garcia, supporters mobilize to bolster support

By Meg Anderson

Mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and nearly 4,000 supporters were making last minute stops across the city Tuesday to bolster Garcia’s bid to oust incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel of his seat.

Garcia, 58, already visited four polling locations as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, including voting with his wife at Daniel J. Corkery Elementary School at 2510 S. Kildare Ave.

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Yellen: Labor Market not Ready for Interest Rate Hike

By Lucy Ren

“Things have improved notably but we are not there yet,” Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said during the semiannual monetary policy report to Congress on Tuesday, as she reiterated the “patient” guidance on when the Fed will begin to raise the short-term interest rate.

Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen said the labor market has not “fully healed yet.” She raised the concern that tightening the monetary policy with a rate hike now would hamper further recovery. “But monetary policy is highly accommodative,” Yellen added.

Some Republican senators argued that an interest rate hike is long overdue. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Yellen’s most resistant critic on the committee, asserted that the financial crisis is “clearly long over,” and urged for normalization for monetary policy.

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After 35 years, Red Army finally gets its due

By Ryan Lund

Names like Kharlamov, Fetisov and Mikhailov may be unfamiliar to North American hockey fans, but they carry the weight of world championships and gold medals to 59-year-old Chicago hockey fan Arkady Dontsis.

Dontsis remembers their names, and one of the greatest hockey teams ever assembled, the famed “Red Army,” the Soviet Union national ice hockey team.

But while Dontsis remembers the team for its illustrious list of accomplishments, the rest of the world remembers the game they didn’t win, a 4-3 loss to the U.S. on Feb. 22, 1980. Continue reading

VIDEO: Obama names Pullman District as National Monument

By J’nelle Agee

President Obama returned to Chicago to name the Pullman community as one of three new national monuments designated around the country. One of the nations first planned communities, Pullman is now Chicago’s first national monument and will be memorialized for future generations to come.

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Cubs in Vegas: Unconditional Loyalty

By Eric Clark

The Chicago Cubs opened their offseason with 40-to-1 odds to win the 2015 World Series – and then they started making waves.

The club fired manager Rick Renteria, hired heralded manager Joe Maddon and signed coveted starting pitcher Jon Lester. But after two straight last-place finishes in the National League Central, one might venture that the Cubs would still be a ways away from title contention. And they very well might be – but they currently hold 16-to-1 odds to win the World Series at Las Vegas’ Westgate SuperBook.
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Len Kasper talks 2015 cubs, objectivity in the booth and rule changes

By Eric Clark

Almost five months removed from his latest appearance in the broadcast booth at Wrigley Field, Len Kasper can feel the hype surrounding the Chicago Cubs 2015 campaign. “It’s the first time in a long time that this team has had this sort of exposure and spotlight on it,” he said.

As Kasper enters his 11th season with the Cubs, he is tasked with providing play-by-play for an expectation-laden team and a fan base yearning for a winner. The Mount Pleasant, Michigan, native shared his thoughts on the upcoming season with Medill.
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