clock menu more-arrow no yes

Elections

Political coverage of Chicago and Illinois state elections and the 2020 presidential election.

Filed under:

Mariyana Spyropoulos drops bid for circuit court clerk

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner cited a family health commitment as a main reason for ending her bid to succeed Dorothy Brown.

Filed under:

Rep. David McSweeney not seeking reelection, exploring run for statewide office

The Barrington Hills Republican said he plans to serve out his two-year term and is exploring the creation of a super PAC to support a statewide bid.

Filed under:

Field of challengers to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx grows

Former Circuit Judge Pat O’Brien is the second Republican to formally step into the race.

Filed under:

Biden says racism in US is an institutional ‘white man’s problem visited on people of color’

Biden said that a president’s words can "appeal to the worst damn instincts of human nature."

Filed under:

Former County Commissioner Boykin joins race to succeed Dorothy Brown

Richard Boykin has made official his bid to become clerk of the circuit court.

Filed under:

Addressing race in Bronzeville forum, Buttigieg says: ‘We have to act’

It was impossible to ignore, though, that the crowd of 1,000 at the Harold Washington Cultural Center in the historically black community was overwhelmingly white.

Filed under:

Elizabeth Warren apologizes for tribal heritage claim, woos Native Americans

Monday’s remarks were an effort to move past the fallout from her past claims of tribal ancestry.

Filed under:

Cook County Democrats endorse Kim Foxx, Michael Cabonargi

Cook County Democrats on Friday endorsed State’s Attorney Kim Foxx for reelection and named Board of Review Commissioner Michael Cabonargi as the party’s pick to replace retiring Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown.

Filed under:

Trump tells man at New Hampshire rally to ‘go home, start exercising’

The person the president said had a "serious weight problem" ended up being an enthusiastic Trump supporter.

Filed under:

Field of challengers to replace Dorothy Brown grows

Former Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is in. Meanwhile, Cook County President Todd Stroger and a former aldermanic candidate are also considering making a run for clerk of the circuit court.

Filed under:

Biden casts 2020 race as test of country’s character

Only Biden has made questions of character — that of Trump and the nation — the centerpiece of his White House bid.

Filed under:

Kim Foxx gets first official Democratic challenger to her re-election bid

Bill Conway, a former assistant state’s attorney, officially announced he is vying to unseat Foxx.

Filed under:

Former Dem judge says he’ll run against Kim Foxx as Republican

Former Cook County Judge Pat O’Brien, once a high-ranking county prosecutor, argued that under Kim Foxx, "The only people who can say they are safer are the people committing crimes."

Filed under:

Black voters say they won’t forget Trump’s racist tweets

Dozens of black leaders, activists and voters in pivotal swing states said they’re motivated to vote in the 2020 election.

Filed under:

First 2020 Democrat drops out of race

The apparent end of Eric Swalwell’s campaign comes amid questions about his viability after he abruptly canceled campaign events last week in the early-voting state of New Hampshire.

Filed under:

Mayor Pete on lack of minority support: Voters ‘need to get to know me’

Buttigieg said when you’re "new on the scene and you’re not from a community of color, you’ve got to work much harder in order to earn that trust."

Filed under:

Say it ain’t so, Joe

Joe Biden served eight years alongside former President Barack Obama, and his civil rights record wasn’t attacked during that time. Does this mean Obama misled black people by supporting someone who gave comfort to segregationists?

Filed under:

Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Kamala Harris for president as a ‘once-in-a-lifetime leader’

Rush will serve as Harris’ Illinois campaign chair and calls her the ‘only candidate prepared to fight for all Americans.’

Filed under:

Lightfoot holds another fundraiser, adding to the nearly $400K she has already raised since her historic election

The latest fundraiser was hosted by Chicago restaurant owner Carmen Rossi. Tickets ranged from $250 to $5,000. The location was disclosed only to those who returned an RSVP.

Filed under:

After Democratic debates, Biden, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, de Blasio vault to Chicago

Warren holds a free public town hall at Roosevelt University on Friday night, after the first Democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday. Here’s a guide to navigate the crowded debate stage, featuring 10 rivals each evening.

Filed under:

Here’s the finalized lineup for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debates

Twenty presidential hopefuls will debate over two nights in late June.

Filed under:

Henry Hyde, the man behind the anti-abortion amendment Biden now opposes

A former suburban Chicago GOP lawmaker, Rep. Henry Hyde, who died in 2007, authored the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for most abortions.

Filed under:

Joe Biden reverses course, says he now supports using federal dollars for abortions

Joe Biden is now saying a long-standing congressional ban would prevent poor women from exercising their constitutional rights to terminate a pregnancy.

Filed under:

Pritzker signs budget, income tax rates bill for his ‘fair tax’ plan — touts ‘new era of fiscal stability’

Pritzker signed the income tax measure, as well as three budget bills — the operating budget, the revenue for the spending and a budget implementation measure. And part of that spending plan includes a controversial measure: a cost-of-living $1,600 pay bump for lawmakers.

Filed under:

Illinois sends 13 Democrats to the House. Four want to see Trump impeached or to launch an impeachment inquiry.

Launching an inquiry allows for the start of House Judiciary panel hearings to consider impeachment: crucial in fact-gathering and getting public support.

Filed under:

House OKs budget, but Lightfoot calls gambling proposal a losing hand

And late Friday, the Illinois Senate passed the Reproductive Health Act, sending the bill to expand and protect abortion rights to the governor’s desk.

Filed under:

Overtime: Madigan pushes legislative session into weekend, raising stakes and questions

The announcement was a surprise, even with the vast amount of work to be done. That’s because negotiations had been led by Democrats — the party that holds the governor’s mansion and supermajorities in both legislative chambers.

Filed under:

Springfield scramble: Crunch time for legislators on pot, gaming, budget, other issues

The clock is ticking. Legislators will have to quickly digest the budget. And there are still changes being made to a capital plan that currently includes a gas tax hike, a $1 tax on cigarettes and vaping and several other controversial taxes.

Filed under:

Chicago mega-casino in the cards? Gambling bill could add casinos, video gaming across state

Link said it would be part of a broader deal creating six new casinos across the state and bringing slot machines to three horse racing tracks, essentially turning them into casinos as well.

Filed under:

Fact-check: No, Pritzker-like tax rates did not drive wealthy from New York

What Murphy neglected to mention during the press conference was that Cuomo wasn’t criticizing his state’s graduated income tax rate structure.

Filed under:

County’s anti-harassment panel releases recommendations

The working group was convened last October, a month after Preckwinkle fired her to aide John Keller for allegations of sexual harassment.

Filed under:

Democrats’ Springfield message: It’s their party, and Republicans can cry if they want to

Democrats are completely back in charge in Springfield, and when push comes to shove, and at some point it always does, they’re going to do things their way.