The Nov. 6 midterm election is 33 days away.

Here are the political events scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 4 in Chicago and across Illinois.


9 a.m. County Board President and mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle will deliver opening remarks at the Cook County Commission on Women’s Issues 2018 Public Hearing. The public hearing will focus on the economic status of women in the workplace, root causes of inequality, and solutions to economically empower women moving forward. Cook County Board Room 118 N. Clark St. – 5th Floor.

9:30 a.m. —  Mayor Emanuel will announce the expansion and new job creation of a solar manufacturer on the West Side. Lyons View Manufacturing, 825 S. Kilpatrick Ave.

10 a.m. — First Lady Diana Rauner and Consul General of Israel Aviv Ezra meet with Bright Star Community Outreach Center leadership to discuss TURN Center and trauma programs. Roberts Temple, 4021 S. State St., Chicago.

1:00 p.m. — Today, Congressman Danny K. Davis in collaboration with the Westside Black Elected Officials will convene a meeting to discuss planning and community engagement regarding the aftermath in the Jason Van Dyke trial who is on trial for murder of LaQuan McDonald. Malcolm X College 1900 W. Jackson, Room 1108.

Read Sun-Times coverage of the Jason Van Dyke trial.


1:00 p.m. — Governor Rauner will hold a press conference to address JB Pritzker’s “scheme to defraud” Illinois taxpayers. This follows a letter from seven Illinois Congressman to the U.S. Attorney’s Office calling for an investigation into Pritzker’s scheme. 2281 Westview Drive, Des Plaines IL 60018.

Read more about Pritzker’s toilet trouble.

4:00 p.m. — Betsy Dirksen Londrigan will co-host an early vote rally in Bloomington, IL with Comptroller Susana Mendoza. Joined by McLean County Board Member Erik Rankin, they will highlight the importance of voting, as well as the stakes of the 2018 election. Withers Park, E Washington St, Bloomington, IL.


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