The City Council passed a major overhaul of Chicago Police Department oversight at its July 21 meeting, creating three-member elected councils for every police district and a seven-member commission — nominated by the councils, appointed by the mayor and approved by alderpeople — to oversee …
Another measure allows state’s attorneys to petition for re-sentencing in light of rehabilitation
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-1st) is a new member of the House Committee on Agriculture and eager to use his position to advocate for Black farmers, as the grandson of one, and advance energy policy priorities, his longstanding pet issue on Capitol Hill.
Lawmakers, collegiate athletes and athletic directors from some of the state’s most prominent universities hailed the governor’s signing of a bill on June 29 that allows college athletes to be paid for the use of their name and likeness as innovative and equity-centric.
A much-smoother City Council meeting took place Friday than the disordered meeting two days before that, with alderpeople, including Alds. Sophia King (4th), Leslie Hairston (5th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th), voting to include Chicago founder Jean Baptiste Point du Sable's name onto Lake Shor…
The City Council accomplished little during a scheduled meeting on June 23, adjourning after South Side Alds. Raymond Lopez (15th) and Jeanette Taylor (20th) blocked confirmation of the mayor's nominee to lead the city's Law Department.
SPRINGFIELD — College athletes in Illinois would be able to independently profit from their image or likeness under a bill introduced by local Rep. Kam Buckner (D-26th) and passed by the General Assembly in May.
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers finished a two-day special session on June 17 by passing some important legislation, including an elected Chicago Board of Education, but without reaching agreement on the one issue they had hoped to resolve: an energy bill that would phase out all carbon emi…
Politicians are often known for an iconic look. Vladimir Lenin had a shaved head. Pierre Trudeau wore rose boutonnières. Chinese leaders still wear Mao suits to black-tie events. And Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is always seen in her omnipresent blue, and sometimes green, jackets.
State Rep. Curtis J. Tarver II (D-25th) got several pieces of legislation through both houses of the Illinois General Assembly during the spring session, though bills to end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers and to automatically expunge cannabis-related juvenile law enforcement…
State Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th) had another productive legislative session this spring, passing 17 bills through both houses of the General Assembly and onto Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk.
SPRINGFIELD — The last month of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session produced a spate of legislative action, as representatives and senators got to work after their traditionally long 2020 session was drastically curtailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
One year ago, shortly before the riots began in her native Twin Cities and then moved to Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle expressed astonishment to the Herald that the Minneapolis mayor had immediately fired Officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd and called in …
Illinois Democrats’ proposed state House districts would replace straight lines through southern Kenwood and Hyde Park — Woodlawn Avenue and Ellis Avenue, respectively — with jagged, block-by-block delineations between the 25th and 26th districts should their redistricting proposal pass thro…
SPRINGFIELD — Legislation revamping the state’s system for awarding marijuana dispensary licenses passed the House on May 25.
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate on May 25 passed a measure decriminalizing the transmission of HIV championed by local Sen. Robert Peters (D-13th).
The City Council did not vote on a measure to rename Lake Shore Drive after two aldermen used parliamentary tactics to delay a vote on the ordinance, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot ruled Ald. Sophia King (4th), who was calling for an immediate vote, out of order.
The state has made up to $25,000 available to renters who have fallen behind on their rent in one lump sum by expanding the Illinois Rental Payment Program to a total of $1.5 billion.
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.