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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Sep 25, 2013

Local Organizations Push For Increased Civic Engagement On National Voter Registration Day (VIDEO)

With the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day in an effort to get as many new voters on the rolls as possible.

“Election after election, millions of voters aren’t able to vote because they miss voter registration deadlines or they didn’t know how to register,” said Rebecca Reynolds, 28, executive director of Chicago Votes. “This day is a day to try to make sure we leave no one out.”

Chicago Votes, a volunteer-run civic engagement advocacy group, served as Illinois’ lead organization on Tuesday’s national day of action to increase voter registration. More than 40 local groups, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, partnered with Chicago Votes to encourage residents to exercise their basic right to vote.

“Voter registration has hit an all-time low in the city of Chicago,” said Reynolds. “We’re trying to make voter registration easier, and more accessible to everybody.”

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by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Jun 25, 2013

CPS Parents Host Candlelight Vigil For Closing East Humboldt Park Schools (VIDEO)

“We’re here today mourning the death of our school,” said Magdalene Thurmond, a mother of two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students who attended their last day of classes at Ana Roque de Duprey Elementary School on Monday.

As students filed out of the building for the last time, Thurmond was one of roughly 20 parents and staff members who gathered for a candlelight vigil outside of the closing school.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jun 18, 2013

Ald. Moreno, Environmental Advocates Call For Plastic Bag Ban At Committee Hearing

Ald. Joe Moreno (1st) and a handful of other aldermen want plastic carryout bags banned in Chicago.  

On Tuesday, members of the city council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection heard more than two hours of testimony on a plastic bag reduction ordinance, which Moreno first introduced in November 2011.

“Plastic bags of today are the Styrofoam containers of yesterday, and we moved past that,” Moreno said at the hearing.

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
Wed Mar 13, 2013

Second So-Called Progressive Caucus Emerges In Chicago City Council, Begging The Question Of Why?

A second group of aldermen, calling themselves the Paul Douglas Alliance (after the liberal Illinois U.S. Senator and former member of the Chicago City Council), announced they are forming a new so-called progressive caucus. The move comes one day after the council's original progressive caucus, the Progressive Reform Coalition, announced their legislative priorities. Progress Illinois breaks down what the formation of the second progressive caucus could really mean.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Tue Feb 12, 2013

Logan Square Community Fights To Keep Neighborhood Schools Open At CPS Hearing (VIDEO)

Carrying signs and chanting about the need to save neighborhood schools, hundreds gathered at Armitage Baptist Church Monday night for a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) meeting to discuss potential school closings on the Northwest side.

Five representatives from CPS listened to testimonies from concerned parties at the Logan Square church during the meeting with local representatives, parents and teachers who pleaded their schools’ cases.

“This neighborhood is full of kids, and those parents are going to send their kids to our neighborhood schools — you’re here for a community hearing, so listen to us,” said Seth Lavin, a six-year resident of Logan Square who wishes to send his two-year-old son to Lorenz Brentano Math & Science Academy. Lavin’s wife serves on Brentano’s local school council.

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by Matthew Blake
Tue Nov 6, 2012

10th House District: Lack Of Enthusiasm For Derrick Smith Opponent, Lance Tyson (VIDEO)

Despite a federal indictment on bribery charges and being kicked out of the Illinois General Assembly in August, former state Rep. Derrick Smith may be elected to his old seat today in Illinois’ 10th House district.

Across the 10th state House district today, which loosely includes the Garfield Park and West Town neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side but also stretches near the lakefront, ripped apart signs can be found that state Derrick Smith is “Wanted” for “Disgracing the Democratic Party” and “Crimes Against the Residents of the 10th District” and “Federal Bribery.”

Yet support appears lukewarm for Lance Tyson, the 10th District Unity Party candidate and former chief of staff for Cook County President Todd Stroger. Tyson has billed himself as the “real Democrat”

For example, PI caught up with Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) at a polling place in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood. Fioretti is also the 2nd Ward Democratic Committeeman and part of a coterie of West Side Democrats, including Secretary of State Jesse White, who agreed to “unify” their support behind Tyson.

But Fioretti said Tyson’s get out the vote efforts left something to be desired.

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
Thu Aug 16, 2012

New Program Seeks To Sway Consumers, Lawmakers In The Battle Of The Bags

Consumers in five Chicago Wards will be seeing new bags to carry their purchases, though they may not notice the difference unless it’s pointed out to them.

It’s all part of a larger effort to ban plastic bags at large retailers in Chicago. The proposed ordinance, introduced by Ald. Proco “Joe’’ Moreno (1st), would encourage people to bring reusable bags to the store and charge a nickel for paper or so-called plastic alternative bags at retailers of 5,000 square feet or more.