Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th), who has focused his state legislative career on issues of incarceration and child welfare, supports the state's plans to begin placing minors in the justice system in smaller, community-based detention centers that focus more on providing intervention services an…
The University of Chicago is confronting its own issues of race and policing, similar to those dominating the national conversation.
County Commissioner Bill Lowry (D-3rd) and 14 of his colleagues voted in favor of an aspirational resolution, “Justice for Black Lives,” that would reallocate funds from policing and incarceration towards public services not administered by law enforcement.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a new 2020 census initiative Wednesday morning at the DuSable Museum, announcing that painted boards would be placed in neighborhoods around the city to raise awareness of the ongoing population count.
The University of Chicago will host a public and virtual conference this week on “re-imagining policing,” featuring academics, activists, and politicians from Chicago and elsewhere.
State Sen. Robert Peters outlined his priorities on criminal justice for this fall’s session of the state legislature during a virtual discussion Wednesday evening, putting forward a mix of old and new proposals for reform across most aspects of the prison and police system.
U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) has introduced the the State Attorneys General Empowerment Act to expand state attorneys' general power to investigate unconstitutional patterns and practices by law enforcement agencies within their states.
A delayed vote on a $500,000 settlement of a case involving the release of long-withheld Chicago Police Department files is a good thing, said Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), because it will allow aldermen time to design a systematic release of the information.Hairston, who vice-chairs the Finan…
Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) today voted in favor of ordinances concerning tenants' rights, the city's vehicle impoundment program and reform of police union contracts at a virtual City Council meeting.
A group of housing organizers and tenants of Mac Properties marched through Nichols Park and the surrounding neighborhood early Saturday afternoon, ending up in front of Mac’s offices at the intersection of 53rd Street and Kenwood Avenue, where they left a mock eviction notice on the company…
Illinois Atty. Gen. Kwame Raoul joined attorneys general across the country in filing suit to block a recent United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulation barring international students from remaining in the United States while taking only online courses.
SPRINGFIELD — Attorney General Kwame Raoul wants a U.S. court to compel a federal official to formally acknowledge that the Equal Rights Amendment received enough state support to be added to the U.S. Constitution – a largely procedural step that has thus far blocked the amendment from ratif…
Calls to remove police officers from schools are fundamentally about a reallocation of resources, Ald. Sophia King (4th) said at a press conference today, where members of the Progressive Reform Caucus that she chairs called for moribund legislation to remove them to have a hearing in City Council.
Ald. Sophia King (4th) said her ordinance raising the city's guaranteed minimum wage to $14 an hour for most workers, which goes into effect today, benefits both workers and employers through increased stability at the workplace, regardless of today's tough economic climate.
SPRINGFIELD — For state Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th), ongoing protests sparked by the death of George Floyd are bigger than a single event of police violence, and it will take a collective effort to pave a path forward.
During Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) referred an ordinance that would remove police officers from Chicago Public Schools to the Rules Committee, effectively blocking its passage.
Atty. Gen. Kwame Raoul, the former state senator who lives in Hyde Park, has COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Up to 13 police officers broke into U.S. Rep Bobby Rush’s (D-1st) campaign office at Garfield Boulevard and the Dan Ryan Expressway early on the morning of June 1 as looters rampaged through stores in the surrounding mall.
In an interview that ranged from policy solutions to personal experience, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) spoke about her support for congressional Democrats’ new police reform bill, and said she is open to supplementing emergency services with social service responders.
Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), vice chair of the council Finance Committee, is open to cutting the Chicago Police Department's budget and has endorsed removing officers from a security role at Chicago Public Schools.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said that calling a special legislative session on police reform is the prerogative of the General Assembly's leaders. On Friday in Englewood, Senate President Don Harmon (D-39th) said that African American and Democratic lawmakers would need to have a set agenda befor…
During an emergency community forum Tuesday evening, residents spoke about the problem of over-policing both locally and nationally, while state legislators outlined a series of policy reforms they planned to push in response to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and unres…
The November veto session is too long to wait for the state legislature to respond to protests and subsequent civil unrest in Illinois, wrote Reps. Lamont Robinson (D-5th), Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) and Kambium Buckner (D-26th) to the House and Senate leadership Wednesday, calling for a s…
Speaking in Washington Park after a weekend of protests and violence, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Black state legislators said they would work to reform law enforcement in Illinois, though timing remains uncertain.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle vetoed a resolution that would have allowed 9-1-1 dispatchers to share the addresses of people with COVID-19 with first responders in suburban Cook County; she said she was following experts' advice that it was functionally meaningless to the resp…
In an expedited session in Springfield, Hyde Park-Kenwood’s legislators voted for a budget that allows the state to borrow billions to keep state spending levels as they were last year and a bill that adjusts the tax framework of a Chicago casino Mayor Lori Lightfoot championed.
U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) touted federal money for state and local resources in the House-passed HEROES Act while Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to begin negotiations for another round of federal support.
Outdoor dining will likely be allowed at some point in June, though restaurant owners in Hyde Park say operating under strict public health guidelines will be logistically difficult and hard to pull off financially.
Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) voted for ordinances Mayor Lori Lightfoot introduced to protect workers impacted by the pandemic and to extend expired city licenses for businesses into the summer at the May 20 City Council meeting.
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) failed to convince his colleagues in the House to add $100 billion for local organizations to do contact tracing and testing in areas hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
State Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th) has questioned why a police officer stopped him and demanded to see proof of purchase and identification after he left a retailer on May 3.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is skeptical that the coronavirus pandemic will have a positive effect on the social and economic inequality of the nation, as some have suggested.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s emergency powers ordinance was approved by a narrow margin in the City Council Friday afternoon, with local aldermen voting against the controversial measure.
The City Council will convene on Friday to consider an ordinance to expand Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s emergency powers during the pandemic crisis, facing opposition from several South Side aldermen.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) introduced legislation last week that would further defer mortgage payments and encourage landlords to provide rent relief to tenants.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has named Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle to her COVID-19 Recovery Taskforce, appointing the Hyde Park-Kenwood resident to the working group on regional coordination.
During the coronavirus pandemic, the state legislature has been suspended, canceling its planned March sessions and indefinitely postponing any future meetings. But legislators are adapting to the unusual circumstances: a few weeks ago, Senate President Don Harmon announced the creation of b…
A relatively small band of rent control organizers protested in front of the Thompson Center Wednesday afternoon, calling for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to repeal the ban on rent control and institute a rent freeze for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak.
Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is focusing her immediate response to the coronavirus pandemic on ensuring her constituents have food, housing and supplies for their children's continuing education. She said any comprehensive public policy response has to address the socioeconomic factors behind …
A group of Black officials and activists hosted a virtual press conference Thursday morning, during which they called for the city and state to open up vacant housing units and suspend the ban on rent control, as well as a host of other measures aimed at mitigating the disproportionate impac…
State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) won a close primary race against attorney Ken Thomas, after a chaotic election that took place during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Illinois primary election will proceed as planned Tuesday, despite a growing coronavirus outbreak across the state.
A month before former Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) entered a guilty plea in his corruption case last March, he predicted that one of his occasional rivals would soon follow him into the political afterlife.
From downtown to Hyde Park Academy, Woodlawn residents, organizers and city officials met, protested and debated the new affordable housing plan for the neighborhood on Tuesday evening.
Less than a week after protesters closed the street outside his Hyde Park office, Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) defended his opposition to lifting the state’s ban on rent control.
State's attorney candidate Donna More said incumbent Kim Foxx makes politically, not legally, calculated decisions in office and attacked amount of cash flooding the Democratic primary at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics on Monday, arguing that supporting her means supporting …
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) is pointing to recent legislative accomplishments in his bid for a 15th term in Washington while his challengers — Robert Emmons Jr., Sarah Gad and Ameena Matthews — attempt to set themselves apart by highlighting signature issues.
The Lift the Ban Coalition, along with several other community groups, occupied the street in front of the office of Rep. Curtis Tarver II (D-25th) last Friday to protest for rent control.
Illinois Senate candidate Ken Thomas again attacked incumbent Robert Peters (D-13th) for his January 2019 appointment by local Democratic Party officials and for accepting corporate and "big money" campaign donations at a March 2 forum sponsored by progressive group Indivisible South Side.
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) and opponent Ken Thomas gently sparred at a candidate forum Saturday morning, while Marc Loveless made the case for why voters should write in his name against Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th) in the Democratic primary on March 17.
Growing up in South Shore, Ameena Matthews says, she learned the value of a close-knit community early on. Matthews was raised near 79th Street and Constance Avenue by her grandmother, Madea, who seemed to know the whole neighborhood.