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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 25, 2015

Hopkins, Pattison Face Off At Heated 2nd Ward Runoff Debate

Progress Illinois provides highlights from a fierce debate between Brian Hopkins and Alyx Pattison, Chicago's 2nd Ward aldermanic runoff candidates.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Feb 20, 2013

Galewood Community Takes Ald. Graham To Task Over Proposal For Area's Fifth Pawn Shop

It may have been bitter cold outside, but the tension was boiling last night at a Galewood community meeting over plans for a fifth pawn shop along a half-mile stretch of North Avenue near the Oak Park border. Progress Illinois was there and has more on the community debate over the controversial shop.

Quick Hit
by Nathan Greenhalgh
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Despite Confusion On Polling Places, Voters Hit The Booth To Make Their Voice Heard On Important Issues

The changing of a ward boundary earlier this year caused confusion at a Wicker Park polling station on Tuesday.

The switch primarily affected registered voters that were not informed of the boundary change, but came to the same polling station to vote as they did in the last election. Newly-registered voters had the correct polling station address mailed to them in their voter guides from the Chicago Board of Elections.

“We need to call the election board,” one poll worker at the 1649 W. LeMoyne Street station exclaimed after showing yet another voter the ward his residence now fell in.

“They’re coming back here because this is where they always voted. This was poor communication on the part of the election board,” Ken Jaszczar, an election official at the LeMoyne station, told Progress Illinois. “We have been very busy all day. I haven’t had time to eat dinner.”

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Down For The Day, Chicago Board Of Election Site Back Up

The Chicago Board of Elections Web site was down for the majority of today amid some confusion about what polling places voters should cast their ballot.

The Web site was back up as of 5 p.m., or two hours prior to polls closing.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
Mon Nov 5, 2012

New Polling Places Could Mean Confusion For Chicago Voters

The Chicago City Council’s remap of its 50 wards this year means new polling places for Chicago residents looking to cast their ballots tomorrow.

“It is going to be an issue for some of our voters who don’t check their polling places,” acknowledged Langdon Neal, chairman for the Chicago Board of Election at a press conference this morning. “If you do not follow the instructions and you don’t check your polling place, you cannot vote.”

Neal said that Chicago voters uncertain about where to vote tomorrow can call the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7870 and “we can tell you where to go.”

Windy City voters may also text message their street address to 312-361-8846 to get their polling place. For example, the common address number then street format of 1234 W. 56th St. would produce a reply text with a polling place.

Neal gave these nitty-gritty logistics at a press conference intended to promote the success of early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County. Neal and Cook County Clerk Orr say the percentage of registered voters who participated in early balloting this year set a new record.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
Thu Feb 2, 2012

Remap Complicates Ward Committeeman Races

Ald. Nicholas Sposato (36th) and attorney Larry Andolino are dueling for 36th Ward Democratic Committeeman. At the same time, both candidates mercilessly skewer the new ward map City Council approved January 19, and are open to a legal challenge regarding the very ward boundaries they are vying to represent.