Election got you stressed? Get a laugh from these Tweets

By Meredith Francis If laughter is the best medicine, then we could all use a heavy dose on this  Election Day. If the election is stressing you out, you’re not alone. Social media platforms have been as much as a battleground in the 2016 election as the debate stages. Candidates, other politicians and pundits have […]

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 […]

Rogers Park restaurant has put politics front and center for 40 years

Heartland Cafe

By Max Greenwood It was a Thursday night in mid-April, and Kathleen Dillon dragged tables around the Heartland Café, carefully arranging them to give a good view of a projector screen. It was less than an hour before the New York Democratic presidential debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and Dillon frantically prepared the […]

Obama brings fight for Supreme Court nominee to Chicago

By Max Greenwood President Barack Obama returned to his old constitutional bastion of the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday to pitch his case for his Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. “Merrick Garland is an extraordinary jurist who is indisputably qualified to serve on the highest court in the land, and no one […]

Foxx defeats Alvarez for state’s attorney bid; Clinton, Trump win big

Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in Bronzeville

By Max Greenwood Kim Foxx snagged a decisive win in Tuesday’s Illinois primary, winning the Democratic nomination for Cook County State’s Attorney, effectively ousting incumbent Anita Alvarez. Foxx crushed Alvarez by a nearly 30-point margin. Donna More, the former top attorney for the Illinois Gaming Board who was also running for state’s attorney, finished in […]

What matters to Chicago voters in 2016?

By Max Greenwood and Aryn Braun Photos by Raquel Zaldivar Voters from around Chicago flocked to precincts Tuesday to cast their ballots in the 2016 primary elections. But what’s driving them to the polls? Medill Reports asked Chicagoans what issues they think are important and what voting means to them. Earl Moore, 21 Englewood “No. […]

Trump Chicago rally cancellation prompts chaos on UIC campus

By Max Greenwood Jack Adams and Harry Huggins contributed reporting Chaos erupted at the University of Illinois at Chicago Friday evening after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled a campaign rally on campus amid mounting security concerns over tensions between Trump supporters and a large number of protesters. Less than an hour after the candidate […]

Bill Clinton campaigns for his wife in Evanston

Bill Clinton Evanston

By Caroline Kenny Former President Bill Clinton says experience makes his wife the best choice for the Democratic nomination for president. He cites the programs she enacted as First Lady and her job with the Children’s Defense Fund right out of law school as points on her presidential resume. In a speech to a full […]

Clinton supporters in Chicago look beyond her Super Tuesday wins

By Yingxu Jane Hao D emocratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump dominated the Super Tuesday states this week, each winning seven. Both of them won in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. Clinton also won Texas, and Trump Vermont. As Clinton supporters gathered in downtown Chicago to watch the […]

4 things to know after the Iowa caucuses

Ted Cruz addresses the audience at his rally Sunday night

By Max Greenwood The Iowa caucuses are over, but the 2016 primary calendar is just beginning. The candidates are focused on New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s primary. Before the caravan moves on, here are five things to know coming out of Iowa: