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.
In a freewheeling Feb. 26 interview for the AirGo podcast, Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) reflected on how her past has shaped her political worldview and reiterated her opposition to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance (WHPO), promising grassroots opposition until he…
Ald. Sophia King (4th) introduced her plan for a Hyde Park advisory council that would allow neighborhood residents to discuss local issues with each other and share information with her office at a Feb. 26 meeting.
At her February ward meeting, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) praised the draft housing ordinance put forth by Mayor Lori Lightfoot earlier that day, saying it goes further than the community benefits agreement (CBA) ordinance she and Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) introduced last year.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled the text of the much-anticipated Woodlawn Housing Preservation Ordinance, which proposes $4.5 million in new and expanded housing programs, alongside a letter to Woodlawn residents Tuesday morning touting her administration’s community engagement efforts in the …
Early voting for the March 17 primary elections has begun at the Loop Super Site at 191 N. Clark St. and it will begin at sites throughout Chicago on March 2.
In opening remarks at a League of Women Voters of Chicago forum on Feb. 22, Illinois Senate candidate Ken Thomas called the 2019 appointment of Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) "a backroom deal" and said Peters "lied about where he lived and didn't meet the qualifications to be in that office."
First-term Ald. Jeanette Taylor’s (20th) constituent services website launched Thursday, linking residents and businesses in her Woodlawn-based ward to service requests, block party permits, city services and licensing.
Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx (D) made the case for her re-election at a University of Chicago Institute of Politics town hall on Thursday, arguing that her implementation of progressive policy has improved the county’s criminal justice system and served as a bellwether for prosecuto…
Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared Wednesday that opposition in City Council to the still-in-development Affordable Housing Ordinance comes from a single alderman, Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th).
Ald. Sophia King’s (4th) Community Advisory Councils, designed to advise her office on arts, development, public safety, infrastructure, economic development, education and other issues within specific community areas in the ward, will meet in Hyde Park and Kenwood in the coming weeks.
Members of Hyde Park’s business community peppered State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) and State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) with questions about issues ranging from changes to the minimum wage to the new cannabis law to ethics reform.
Protestors from the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Coalition held a sit-in in front of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office on the fifth floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
First-time candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, Bill Conway, promised U. of C. students that he will be independent of the Democratic machine and work hard on balance criminal justice and bail reform.
Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th), who has criticized the state's legalization of marijuana for being insufficiently focused on criminal justice reform and equity for people of color, says his top priority when the Illinois House reconvenes on Jan. 28 is his bill to automatically expunge peo…
One year after his appointment to the Illinois Senate, Robert Peters (D-13th) says his priorities in the upcoming legislative session are abolishing bail and creating a mental health emergency service available through 9-1-1. In a Herald interview, he also outlined his broader goals for a fu…
Sen. Peters during his interview with the Herald
A state appeals court threw out City Council candidate Will Calloway’s election challenge on Jan. 17, eight months after his runoff opponent, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), was sworn in for another term after winning by 176 votes.
Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) launched his election campaign on Jan. 11 by promising to continue to be an effective, progressive voice in the Illinois Senate.
While promoting his book “Southern Exposure” about architectural design on the South Side, former Sun-Times architecture critic Lee Bey questioned both the design of the Obama Presidential Center and its proposed placement in Jackson Park.
Ald. Jeanette Taylor (20th) said a Monday meeting with Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th), a legal representative from the CBA Coalition and the city departments of Law and Housing illustrated the legal challenges their July-introduced ordinance faces, and she said she would support changes to ensur…
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s first city budget passed Tuesday, with Alds. Sophia King (4th) and Leslie Hairston (5th) voting in favor of it and the corresponding revenue plan.