Duckworth wins U.S. Senate seat, declaring a historic moment

By Guy-Lee King and Duke Omara U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) rode out upbeat campaign predictions Tuesday to handily unseat U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), marking a fiercely fought campaign that drew national attention. Speaking to a room full of supporters at her campaign watch party, she said that she plans to work on college […]

As Illinois students drown in debt, will elected officials come to the rescue?

Photo at top: Students and professors listen to Rep. Tammy Duckworth discuss the burden of student debt at a campaign event. (Emily Olsen/MEDILL)

By Emily Olsen and Meredith Francis When Kyle Walsh was 16, his dad sat him down and explained Kyle would be responsible for paying off his college loans, not him. Walsh, 20, is now student body president at Illinois State University, a second stop on his road to a degree. He first attended community college […]

Asian Americans seek voice and political power

Asian American early voting ballot receipt

By Yu-Ning Aileen Chuang and Jingzhe Kelly Wang It was a Wednesday night, five days before early voting started in Illinois and Paula Camaya, a freshman at Loyola University, joined more than 20 others at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago in Uptown to call people in the community to make their votes count. “We have been […]