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Only 3% of ballots cast on Feb. 28 came from youth voters. So what’s the deal? “It’s obvious to me that young people in that city don’t feel empowered by their governance,” said Della Volpe, author of “Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America.”
With an official groundbreaking Wednesday, infrastructure work will begin for the $4.3 billion Bronzeville Lakefront mixed-use project, called the largest ever in Chicago.
“Our downtown is half-vacant, a ghost town in the middle of the workweek. Our schools have lost a year of learning or more. Test scores have plummeted. Every public agency is facing a financial cliff,” Vallas told the City Club of Chicago.
Five months after a City Council appointment from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Ald. Timmy Knudsen only got about a quarter of the vote in February. Now he’s lining up other Democratic support to survive a runoff with Brian Comer.
At a forum in Pilsen, both mayoral candidates vowed to revive the shuttered agency to improve air, water quality and enforce ordinances to bring polluters into compliance.
Plans call for a $47.2 million building containing 63 units to be built at the southwest corner of Lake Street and Kedzie Avenue.
Mayoral challenger Paul Vallas said the CTU is behind the bogus lawn signs popping up around the city. The Vallas for Mayor signs include a red box that says, “MAGA 2024,” invoking the Trump slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
On $800 million in tax increases to pay for an array of new social programs, he told the City Club of Chicago, “I’m ready and willing to negotiate the details.”
Ald. Monique Scott, who was appointed to the role less than a year ago, is facing Creative Scott, a small-business owner and political outsider. While their histories differ, the two candidates share more than the same last name.
Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson were invited to the rally. Sharpton didn’t endorse Johnson, but he told the crowd to ‘let the record show who showed up’ to the event.
Durbin made the endorsement Sunday, with former Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at his side, at Athena Restaurant on Halsted Street in Greektown, feet away from the saganaki flames.
With former Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson’s conviction, it may seem that the Daley family’s grip on the 11th Ward is slipping. But despite boundary and demographic changes in the ward, the Daleys and their allies are still exerting influence.
The town hall-style forum with an audience of more than 700 was light on attacks between the two men vying for the mayor’s office.
Scandal-prone Ald. Gardiner mum about reelection bid against rival who feels ‘great about going into the runoff’
Ald. Jim Gardiner did not respond to the Sun-Times’ requests for an interview about his runoff campaign. Challenger Megan Mathias said many residents complained to her about Gardiner’s inaccessibility but hesitated to donate to her campaign because they “feared retaliation.”
Former U.S. Education Secretary calls Vallas “our best hope for a safer Chicago” because of his ability to “tell police the truth and hold them accountable.”
Thursday night UIC rally seeks to help Johnson boost turnout, particularly among young voters who supported Sanders’ 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
Former CPS CEO Paul Vallas has raised $5.6 million in campaign contributions to Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson’s $3.9 million. Here’s where it’s come from.
Despite following very different paths, both now have their sights trained on Chicago’s City Hall.
With early voting underway, mayoral hopefuls Brandon Johnson and Paul Vallas were urged to not only focus on public safety, but also on ‘environmental violence.’
Tunney, chairman of the Council’s Zoning Committee, came close to joining the race after his longtime friend and political ally, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., took a pass.
Mayoral rivals Johnson, Vallas debate police, education, Kim Foxx, amid eye rolls, head shakes and charges of ‘dismissing people’
Their third runoff debate was more restrained than previous ones — but not without some big swings, as when Vallas said he has more teaching experience than Johnson. “You can’t keep just dismissing people, Paul,” Johnson responded. “It’s irresponsible.”
COPA is investigating how the officers handled guns seized on the street. The officers were stripped of their police powers last week, according to a police spokesperson.
‘I need industry to help,’ find revenue other than property taxes, mayoral candidate Brandon Johnson tells Crain’s Chicago Business editorial board members.