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Trump taps Chicago-based Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.  Barrett, 48, graduated with honors from Rhodes College, a Presbyterian-affiliated school in Tennessee. She continued on to Notre Dame Law School in Indi...

Contested race for 14th Congressional district seat teeters on youth, commitment to president

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference about COVID-19, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Cailey Gleeson, Lacey Latch, Ella Lee, and Emma Oxnevad

September 27, 2020

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood turned the historically “red” 14th Congressional District of Illinois “purple” in 2018 and looks to keep it that way as she defends the seat against Republican Jim Oberweis in the upcoming election. “I pledged to my constituents that I woul...

What to know before watching first presidential debate

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Biden generated headlines in February with a debate-stage promise to name the first Black female Supreme Court justice if he wins the White House. Since then, the Democratic presidential nominee has said little about the court. He's resisted calls from President Donald Trump, Republicans and even some Democrats to release a list of potential nominees (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor

September 27, 2020

The first presidential debate airs on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. Central time. The event will include six 15-minute segments on topics selected by Chris Wallace, the moderator for the event.  The topics were announced in advance in order to “encourage the deep discussion of the leading issues fac...

Nation remembers Ruth Bader Ginsburg

People gather at the Supreme Court to honor the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Nika Schoonover and Marcus Robertson

September 20, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known for her groundbreaking strides in women’s rights, died Friday at 87, the Supreme Court announced. The second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg’s reputation echoes in the heartfelt condolences and open criticisms of the public while the politica...

Trump uses “law and order” campaign to take back midwest votes

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020 at the Fayetteville Regional Airport in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Cailey Gleeson, News Editor

September 20, 2020

In an attempt to take back key votes that have dwindled in recent months, President Donald Trump has attempted to paint “Biden’s America” as a country devoid of any law and order — using videos from protests under his own administration.  “Joe Biden would double down on the very policies tha...

Trump promises forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine

President Donald Trump participates in a Latinos for Trump Coalition roundtable at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor

September 13, 2020

In recent weeks, President Trump has repeatedly insisted that a vaccine will be ready for distribution by late fall, raising concerns that production and distribution may be rushed due to political motivations. After making a similar statement at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Sept. 4, Tru...

Letter to the editor: DePaul’s refusal to name Election Day a university holiday contradicts Vincentian values

FILE  - In this Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020 file photo, workers prepare absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections in Raleigh, N.C.  Nearly 10,000 North Carolinians had their mail-in ballots accepted in the first week of voting, according to data released Friday, Sept. 11 by the State Board of Elections.  North Carolina was the first state in the country to send absentee ballots to voters who requested them.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Kierstin Cole, Contributing Writer

September 11, 2020

I have worked three elections — the 2018 primary, the 2018 general, and the 2020 primary — as an election judge in my hometown. I worked the blue wave of 2018 and I got to know the system that elects our leaders. I did it because I had heard that hundreds of poll workers were calling off around the ...

Biden leans on empathy as election nears

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Del., Friday Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Amber Stoutenborough, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2020

After a turbulent summer that saw a national reckoning on race and a persistent pandemic, the upcoming presidential election must be able to respond to the needs of a passionate electorate. Unlike the 2016 presidential election when the major candidates were often referred to as the "lesser of two...

Illinois State Board of Elections encourages early voting

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a person drops applications for mail-in-ballots into a mail box in Omaha, Neb. Mail voting is starting in the presidential election as North Carolina is sending out its first batch of ballots. The battleground state on Friday begins to send out about 600,000 ballots to voters who've requested them. Those voters are overwhelmingly Democrats and independents, reflecting a partisan split in voting methods that's developed since President Trump started attacking mail voting in March. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor

September 6, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Elections is encouraging voters to submit their ballots early to ensure their votes are counted. Ballots will be mailed to applicants beginning Sep. 24, which is also the first day of early voting in Illinois.  In a letter sent to the Board of Elections on July 30, the Unite...

Organizers call for Lightfoot to de-escalate police department

Mayor Lori Lightfoot answers a reporter's question during a news conference to provide an update to the latest efforts by the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team in Chicago on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Cailey Gleeson and Nika Schoonover

September 4, 2020

Leaders from over 25 community and faith-based organizations — including Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli — wrote an open letter to Mayor Lori Lightfoot criticizing her response to months of civil unrest and increasing escalation of force at such demonstrations by the Chicago Police Departmen...

AP FACT CHECK: Harris eligible to serve as VP, president

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Biden receive a virtual briefing on COVID-19 from public health experts in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Associated Press

August 14, 2020

CHICAGO (AP) — False claims that Kamala Harris is not legally eligible to serve as U.S. vice president or president have been circulating in social media posts since 2019, when she first launched her Democratic primary campaign. On Thursday, after Harris was selected by Democratic presidential nominee...

Biden camp announces Kamala Harris will be his running mate

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions in the spin room after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Thursday, June 27, 2019, in Miami.

Marcus Robertson, Nation & World Editor

August 11, 2020

Sen. Kamala Harris will serve as Joe Biden’s running mate, Biden announced on Twitter today. She was chosen from a group of about ten candidates, all female. Today’s announcement comes 84 days before the Nov. 3 election. A handful of different names seemed to have risen to the top of the conversation ...

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