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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:04pm
Tue Nov 18

Veto Session Preview: Will The Legislature Take Up A Minimum Wage Hike?

Progress Illinois previews what's ahead for lawmakers in the veto session, which starts this week.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:46am
Fri Nov 14

Union Partnerships With Progressive Groups Crucial To Labor Movement's Future, Experts Say

Labor leaders gathered to discuss the future of American unions and the critical keys to their survival at a University of Chicago panel discussion Thursday night. Progress Illinois details highlights from the talk.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:19pm
Thu Nov 6

GOP-Controlled Senate Spells Bad News For The Environment, Some Say

Progress Illinois takes a look at what the pending GOP majority in Congress could mean for climate action and other environmental issues.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
11:44pm
Wed Nov 5

Analysis: 2014 Youth Vote Comparable To Other Midterm Elections

The youth vote in Tuesday's election is reminiscent of the numbers seen in past midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, a non-partisan research center on youth engagement at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

At least 9.9 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the 2014 election. This cycle's youth vote of 21.3 percent one day post election is slightly up from 2010, when the figure was 20.4 percent.

According to the researchers, Democrats still have an advantage with young voters, despite the strong year for Republicans.

Quick Hit
by La Risa Lynch
7:58pm
Wed Nov 5

Chicago West Side Voters React to Quinn's Gubernatorial Loss

Support for Gov. Quinn seemed strong among black voters in Chicago's Austin community on Tuesday, but that didn't translate into a win for the incumbent who was seeking his second full-term in office.

Quinn lost his re-election bid to Republican challenger Bruce Rauner, who dumped $27 million of his own money into his campaign war chest. 

Rauner and his running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti garnered 1,742,403 or 50.6 percent of the vote versus Quinn's 1,585,332 or 46 percent of the votes.

An early Rauner supporter, Rev. Marshall Hatch said he was not surprised by the election results. Hatch said Quinn's low approval rating signaled a pending change. Quinn, he added, made a major misstep by selecting Paul Vallas as his running inmate as opposed to former city treasurer Stephanie Neely. That move, Hatch said, showed Quinn took the black community for granted.

"I think Quinn left the Republicans a major opening," said Hatch, pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in West Garfield Park.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:03pm
Wed Nov 5

Illinoisans Overwhelmingly Back Statewide Advisory Ballot Questions — Now What?

Progress Illinois chats with political scientists about the likelihood of Springfield lawmakers taking up the three statewide voter-backed advisory ballot questions.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Tue Oct 28

Election Preview: A Look At The 'Toss-Up' 12th Congressional District Race

Progress Illinois profiles the state's 12th congressional district race, which is considered to be a "toss-up."

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