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Brian Burns challenges Mike Quigley in House race

Brian Burns.

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

February 23, 2020

The fight to represent Chicago’s 5th district in Congress mimics other contests happening at the local and national level. It entails a young, liberal newcomer running against a more moderate incumbent, who hasn’t faced any real opposition in a while and comes equipped with the backing of the establi...

J.B. Pritzker proposes Illinois to go first in primary

Governor J.B. Pritzker waves to the crowd as he participates in Sunday's pride parade.

Patsy Newitt, Assistant News Editor

February 16, 2020

With Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Julián Castro and Andrew Yang dropping out of the Democratic primary, the race has become almost exclusively white; led by Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden. This lack of diversity in ca...

CTA Red and Purple Line Modernization Project continues

Bryn Mawr Red Line station.

Bianca Cseke, Online Managing Editor

February 16, 2020

Three Red Line stops on the North Side have been closed for the past few weeks because of the CTA’s Red and Purple Line Modernization project. The Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville stops are closed on weekends to allow for preparatory track work, which includes building new track interlockings near Th...

Groups push for equal representation in 2020 census

Groups push for equal representation in 2020 census

Brita Hunegs, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Every 10 years, U.S. residents get counted in the Census. But it is not equally easy for all people to be included in the census, and students are among the most underrepresented. From April 1 to July 31, Chicagoans have their chance to be counted in the 2020 census. Until May, residents can respond via ...

Chicago-area student freed from immigrant detention center

Meydi Guzman, right, a Crystal Lake Central High School senior who was in U.S. Immigration and Customs custody for several months, embraces friends as she is welcomed back at the home of school counselor Sara Huser on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Guzaman's supporters plan to continue a fight against her deportation to Honduras.

Associated Press

February 14, 2020

A suburban Chicago high school student was released from a southern Illinois immigrant detention center with supporters planning to continue a fight against her deportation to Honduras. Meydi Guzman, 18, was granted bond Wednesday from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody. Sara Huser,...

Actor Jussie Smollett faces 6 new charges in Chicago

In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Empire actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity, according to media reports Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The charges include disorderly conduct counts, according to the reports that cite unidentified sources.

Associated Press

February 11, 2020

Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday for a second time on charges of lying to police about a racist and anti-gay attack he allegedly staged on himself in downtown Chicago, renewing a divisive criminal case that drew worldwide attention last year. The indictment came from a special prosecutor...

Police: 9 homicides in Chicago’s deadliest weekend of year

Police: 9 homicides in Chicago's deadliest weekend of year

Associated Press

February 10, 2020

Chicago recorded nine homicides between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, a weekend police said was the deadliest of the year for a city that has seen the number of fatal shootings surge this year after a previous decline. Twenty-three people were killed or injured in shootings during the period,...

Illinois voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants

In this Nov. 21, 2007, photo, Elizabeth Keathley, a Philippine citizen in the U.S. on a marriage visa, cuts rice noodles as she prepares a traditional Filipino dish for dinner in Bloomington, Ill. She applied for a driver’s license and was sent a voting registration card. She voted in 2006. In processing her green card, immigration authorities discovered she had voted, and she was ordered removed. However, judges determined she did not falsely represent herself, allowing her to stay.

Associated Press

February 10, 2020

The day Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick applied for an Illinois driver's license upended her life. When a clerk offered to register her to vote in 2005, the Peruvian citizen mistakenly accepted, leading to long legal battles and eventually deportation. A decade and a half later, she struggles to find...

State’s Attorney candidate Bill Conway talks wealth, corruption and his game plan

Bill Conway, a candidate for Cook County state’s attorney, talks to the press in front of the Cook County Building in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020.

Joshua Kaufman, Contributing Writer

February 9, 2020

According to the Federal Election Commision, 91% of the time the better funded campaign wins their election for public office. It is this reality that makes political campaigns dependent upon donations from individuals, groups, and PACs to effectively get their message to voters. Big money donors hav...

Ban proposed on red-light cameras, heart of bribery scheme

 In this March 7, 2018, file photo, Rep. David McSweeney R-Barrington Hills, speaks to reporters at the State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. McSweeney's plan to restrict the use of red-light enforcement cameras, at the center of a former state senator's guilty plea to bribery charges last week in federal court, won House committee approval Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.

Associated Press

February 6, 2020

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Red-light enforcement cameras, at the center of an ex-state senator's guilty plea last week on federal bribery charges, would be banned in some suburban Chicago communities under legislation a House committee approved Wednesday. Rep. David McSweeney's plan is identical to...

Former Illinois legislator pleads innocent in bribery case

Former state Rep. Luis Arroyo walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse for arraignment, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020.

Associated Press

February 5, 2020

Former Illinois state Rep. Luis Arroyo on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to bribery charges in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Arroyo, 65, a Chicago Democrat, resigned his seat Nov. 1, one week after he was accused of paying a bribe to a state senator in exchange for support of a gambling bill that w...

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia launches re-election campaign: ‘We represent diversity’

El congresista Jesús García anuncia su intento de reelección a un grupo de simpatizantes en el vecindario de Brighton Park.

Hillary Flores, La DePaulia Editor-in-Chief

February 3, 2020

Jesus “Chuy” Garcia launched his re-election campaign for Congress on Saturday, Feb. 1st in Brighton Park, alongside candidates like State Representative Aaron Ortiz and Eira Corral Sepulveda currently running for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District – highlighting objectives over inclusion, dive...

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