SPRINGFIELD — As Illinois lawmakers continue to push for the passage of an energy overhaul this spring, the Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee discussed the latest proposal to enter the discussion: Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Consumers and Climate First Act.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) is asking the National Guard Bureau to request funding for major renovations to the Gen. Richard L. Jones Armory, and the former Black Panther is also spearheading legislative effort to force the FBI to release its full files related to COINTELPRO, an illegal sur…
SAN FRANCISCO — A quintessential Hyde Park upbringing helped instill San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin's professional values. He's a Californian now, facing far different challenges than Chicago's, but he said in a Herald interview that he empathizes with State's Attorney Kim Foxx…
With Mayor Lori Lightfoot, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd) held a press briefing on her co-authored report, “State of Black Women and Girls in 21st Century America,” and her proposed legislation on Black maternal health up during this congressional session.
Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) alongside their Rogers Park colleague Maria Hadden (49th) — all Black women — continue to push for the Anjanette Young Ordinance (AYO), saying that legislation is the only way to ensure that changes in police war…
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s office unveiled a 900-page energy overhaul bill on April 28, accelerating a yearslong negotiating process which advocates hope will end in a comprehensive clean energy platform as the session nears its final month.
At Ald. Leslie Hairston's April 27 5th Ward meeting, Obama Foundation and construction company officials updated the community on employment as the groundbreaking date for the Obama Presidential Center draws closer.
Hyde Park-Kenwood state Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) is having another busy spring legislative session, running bills to advance the opportunities of youth in state care, establish a "right to play" for elementary students, reform Local School Councils (LSCs), and reform criminal justice in t…
Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) voted with all their colleagues on April 21 to approve a $7.5 million pedway connecting Kenwood Academy with the former Canter Middle School building and a $1.7 million heating and cooling system.
SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would implement an elected Chicago school board passed the Illinois House Thursday, while opponents of the legislation continued to push for compromise amendments.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker marked the official beginning of Chicago Park District and Department of Transportation work in Jackson Park on April 14, kicking off preparations for the construction of the Obama Presidential Center later this year.
A state proposal for a 21-member elected Chicago Public Schools board enjoys the support of local elected officials, though Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he supports an elected board in theory but declined to state support for that bill in particular and Mayor Lori Lightfoot is wavering on her pre…
As economic uncertainty continues to linger one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, housing advocates across the state are planning next steps to protect tenants and landlords and create additional affordable housing opportunities.
Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), whose ward runs from South Loop to Bronzeville and who has served in City Council since 2007, is running for Illinois Secretary of State, promising greater customer service, increased efficiency and "innovating cutting-edge technology."
With the 2020 Census estimates later this year, Illinois and Chicago politicians will again become mapmakers, drawing the lines for the next decade’s legislative districts and wards.
Speaking Friday at Kennedy-King College, local state Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-26th) celebrated the economic equity bill just signed into law and outlined the work to be done in the remainder of the spring legislative session.
SPRINGFIELD — A measure to end qualified immunity as a legal defense for law enforcement officers advanced out of the House Restorative Justice Committee at a March 25 hearing.
SPRINGFIELD — A massive health care reform bill, the fourth and final pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus agenda, passed the state Senate Thursday, the final step before heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his signature.
Local Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) joined with a majority of their colleagues to pass a non-binding resolution urging the city to institute a small guaranteed income pilot using federal stimulus money at a March 24 City Council meeting.
Ald. Sophia King (4th) withdrew her controversial house museum ordinance this morning, just before it was set to be considered by the City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards.
SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a package of four bills Tuesday that made up the “economic access, equity and opportunity” pillar of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
A new ordinance from Ald. Sophia King (4th) that would disallow cultural institutions in certain residential districts has garnered significant opposition from preservation groups, art organizations and house museums across the city.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House passed a massive health care reform bill on March 28, marking the passage of the final of four legislative agenda pillars outlined by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus last year.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House Energy and Environment Committee advanced a pair of energy bills that would overhaul the state’s energy industry to the House floor Monday, with local Rep. Curtis J. Tarver's support.
U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) are touting the newly enacted American Rescue Plan's measures, both the well-known ones passed to fight the coronavirus and the recession as well as ones included that reflect their longtime policy priorities.
SPRINGFIELD — The state House Transportation committee advanced a bill by to the House floor on March 1 to make spending by the Illinois Department of Transportation more transparent and accessible to the public in its first meeting of the 102nd General Assembly.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois' Democratic State Central Committee elected U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (2nd) as its new chair on March 3 on a razor-thin margin.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown are suggesting policy changes to search warrants in Chicago, proposing that all search warrants must be approved by a deputy chief or higher, and "no-knock" warrants largely be banned.
The City Council voted 37-10 to clear Mayor Lori Lightfoot's plan to spend $377 million in federal aid on Friday after two aldermen used parliamentary tactics to end a Feb. 24 meeting before a vote on the matter.
Two local faces are the frontrunners for the leadership of the Illinois Democratic Party after former state House Speaker Michael Madigan resigned from the role earlier this year.
With two other Black female members of the Progressive Reform Caucus, Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) introduced the Anjanette Young Ordinance to City Council, which would ban the police from executing no-knock warrants in the city.
Gov. JB Pritzker signed a criminal justice omnibus bill backed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Monday, abolishing cash bail, overhauling police certification and reforming use-of-force standards among numerous other provisions.
State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) says his new committee membership will allow him to play watchdog over lakefront erosion, a longstanding concern, as well as the proposed relocation of the General Iron scrapper to the Southeast Side.
A bombshell independent report has concluded that the Chicago Police Department’s response to the protests and riots after the killing of George Floyd, including those in and around Hyde Park, were mismanaged top to bottom and from beginning to end.
State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) and Rep. Kam Buckner (D-26th) are supporting the recession- and pandemic-affected budget proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker that does not raise taxes but keeps state spending flat, while Rep. Curtis J. Tarver (D-25th) said he needs time to go over the proposal.
The independent state board that oversees law enforcement training would be more empowered to decertify police for felonies or significant misdemeanors if a bill championed by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is signed into law by the governor.
State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) looked backward and forward during a Jan. 27 constituents' meeting, discussing the General Assembly's lame duck session work and outlining his legislative priorities around appropriations, cannabis and other issues in the coming session.
State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) has been named the chair of the Public Safety Committee, now a permanent body the upper chamber after meeting as a special committee in the last General Assembly.
Under Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines, prison inmates and staff are classified under Phase 1b in the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan, alongside persons aged 65 and older and other frontline essential workers and sheltered populations like homeless people.
State Rep. Kam Buckner (D-26th) hailed the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in a statement, calling it "a historic day for the United States" and anticipating "a new opportunity for states to work with the federal government to fight the COVID-19 p…
Live video of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. taking the presidential oath of office played to a largely dispassionate Valois Cafeteria occupied by employees and customers getting take-out orders — a world away from the first inauguration of President Barack Obama 12 years ago.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate passed a criminal justice omnibus bill early Wednesday after a grueling 20 hours of politicking during the lame duck session. The House followed suit the following morning, on Jan. 13, clearing the way for the bill to head to the governor.
SPRINGFIELD — One of the most transformative six-day periods in the history of Illinois government came to an end Wednesday with the election of west suburban Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch (D-7th) as the state’s House speaker — the first Black man to hold the title.
SPRINGFIELD — Bills aimed at improving racial equity throughout the state’s K-12 and higher education systems and another aimed at addressing economic inequities passed the General Assembly during its January lame duck session.
Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) voted with a bipartisan majority of House colleagues to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington last week.
U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) have signed onto have signed onto a resolution that would impeach President Donald Trump for inciting the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Preschool and special needs students returned to Hyde Park-Kenwood public schools this week, though the area's City Council delegation and many parents remain opposed to the decision.
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-2nd), who watched in horror as rioters nearly breached the House chamber yesterday, says President Donald Trump must be removed from office and is open to punishing her Republican colleagues by expulsion if they incited the mob of people that stormed the Capitol.
Amid the crisis enveloping the United States government, President Robert J. Zimmer is stressing that the University of Chicago must maintain its ideals, while a dozen of the school's political scientists are calling for President Donald Trump's immediate removal from office.
U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) are safe after a mob whipped up by President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol and forced the evacuation of Congress.
Reps. Bobby Rush (D-1st) and Robin Kelly (D-2nd) have been sworn in for their 15th and fourth full terms in Washington, respectively.