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Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Embattled Illinois prosecutor announces bid for reelection

Don Babwin, Associated Press

November 20, 2019

A prosecutor who came under harsh criticism when her office suddenly dropped charges against actor Jussie Smollett and is now the subject of a court-ordered investigation announced Tuesday she is running for reelection. In her news release saying she’s seeking the position again, Cook County State’s...

DePaul professor runs for Cook County State’s Attorney against incumbent

DePaul professor runs for Cook County State’s Attorney against incumbent

Ella Lee, Arts & Life Editor

October 21, 2019

The last two months have been the longest year of Bill Conway’s life, he said.  An adjunct professor of finance at DePaul’s business school, Conway announced his run for Cook County State’s Attorney on Aug. 8 — the first to announce a run against current State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. He sa...

Burke faces new charges in superseding indictment

Burke faces new charges in superseding indictment

Associated Press

May 30, 2019

One of the most powerful City Council members in Chicago history faces new federal charges that include racketeering. Among the charges in the superseding indictment handed down Thursday is that Edward M. Burke threatened to oppose a Chicago museum's admission fee increase because it didn't respond...

Chicago mayor gets first reforms through City Council

Chicago mayor gets first reforms through City Council

Associated Press

May 29, 2019

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has begun implementing reform to Chicago's City Hall. During her first time chairing a City Council meeting, Lightfoot got aldermen to go along with her picks to chair council committees that will vote on key parts of her agenda. The aldermen also approved new operating rules...

Lightfoot promises she will govern for communities, not corporations

Lightfoot promises she will govern for communities, not corporations

Benjamin Conboy, Editor-in-Chief

May 28, 2019

When she took the stage on Monday, May 20, Lori Lightfoot made history.  Lightfoot was inaugurated as the 56th mayor of Chicago, but she is the first black woman and the first openly gay person to ever hold the job.  At her inauguration, she spoke poetically of Chicago’s lure, of its checkered past and...

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

Lori Lightfoot sworn in as Chicago mayor; vows big reforms

Michael Tarm, Associated Press

May 20, 2019

Lori Lightfoot told aldermen and other city powerbrokers assembled at her inauguration Monday as Chicago's first black woman mayor that she meant what she said on the campaign trail about top-to-bottom reforms in the nation's third largest city. "For years, they've said Chicago ain't ready for reform,"...

COMMENTARY: Chicago will remember Emanuel as he was, not as he wants

COMMENTARY: Chicago will remember Emanuel as he was, not as he wants

Benjamin Conboy, Editor-in-Chief

May 20, 2019

Rahm Emanuel walked out of his City Hall for the final time as mayor of Chicago on Friday. The paintings depicting an industrial Chicago that hung on the walls of his fifth-floor office were gone. The room he had occupied for eight years looked barren, cold and empty. A political heavyweight who ruled...

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

Lightfoot becomes first African American woman to lead Chicago

Benjamin Conboy, Editor in Chief

April 2, 2019

Lori Lightfoot will be the first African American woman to be the mayor of the city of Chicago, defeating political heavyweight Toni Preckwinkle in a historic landslide election. Lightfoot won the election with 73.6 percent of the vote to Preckwinkle’s 26.3 percent, the largest margin of victory i...

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