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Q+A with state Sen. Andy Manar

State Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) has made education reform a top priority since joining the Illinois General Assembly in 2013.

In the 99th General Assembly, Manar has introduced a bill that would drastically overhaul the state’s 19-year-old school-funding formula in an effort to more evenly distribute public school funding between rich and poor districts. Manar introduced similar legislation in 2014. Last year’s measure, which faced strong opposition from Chicago-area Republicans, cleared the Senate in May but failed to advance in the House.

Q+A with 2nd Ward aldermanic candidate Alyx Pattison

Alyx Pattison’s first foray in politics and government service came as a fundraiser and aide to Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Now an attorney, Pattison hopes to use the knowledge she gained in those roles while serving as alderman for the 2nd Ward.

Emanuel money does not guarantee incumbent aldermen victory

Despite vastly outspending Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and the other mayoral candidates before Tuesday’s election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was unable to avoid an April 7 runoff. The mayor is not the only well-funded Chicago elected official who faces six more weeks of campaigning. Twelve of the 31 alderman who were supported by the mayor’s super PAC were forced into runoffs as well, and one lost outright.

All eyes on city races, but don’t forget about the suburbs

With Election Day slated for Tuesday, Chicagoans are watching to see if Mayor Rahm Emanuel can avoid a runoff and how a couple dozen close aldermanic races shake out.

But Chicago is not the only municipality with potentially close elections coming up. There are several other elections scheduled to take place in the Chicagoland area on Tuesday. Here’s what’s coming up in Lake, Will, Kane and DuPage counties.


In north suburban Waukegan (Lake County), three of the city’s nine aldermanic seats feature contested races in Tuesday’s primary.

Q+A with United Working Families Executive Director Kristen Crowell

A key organizer of the 2012 effort to unseat Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Kristen Crowell now advocates for progressive causes in Illinois as executive director of United Working Families.

Navy Pier transformation moving forward as centennial approaches

Navy Prier, Inc. President and CEO Marilynn Gardner wants to make the pier a “world-class civic space” and not just a place Chicagoans take their out-of-town guests. Gardner discussed her organization’s “reimagining” of Navy Pier during Thursday’s City Club of Chicago luncheon, explaining that the group hopes to create a destination for dining, nightlife, entertainment and the arts.


131 challenged candidates in Chicago elections, but only six off ballot so far

When the deadline for challenges to candidates’ nominating petitions for the February 2015 Chicago elections passed last week, 131 candidates faced complaints from persons seeking to boot them from the ballot. In the interim period, six candidates have withdrawn from various races, but questions remain about how the races will look in many Chicago wards.


Mayor Emanuel, CPS and Ingenuity announce $10 million investment in arts programs


Cardinal Francis George accepts Chicago’s highest honor

During its last meeting of 2014, the Chicago City Council bestowed the city’s Medal of Merit upon Cardinal Francis George. George stepped down from his position as Archbishop in November after serving 17 years in the post.

On Wednesday, George became the first person to receive the city’s highest honor in nearly a decade. The most recent prior recipient of the medal was James Hickey, who was awarded the Medal of Merit in 2004. Hickey was a U.S. Army Colonel from Chicago whose brigade aided in the capture of Saddam Hussein. 


Quinn’s days as gov. numbered, but job not over

Though Gov. Pat Quinn’s days as Illinois’ chief executive are numbered, the governor has not thrown in the towel just yet.