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by Steven Ross Johnson
Mon Jan 28, 2013

Pension Reform, Gay Marriage & Gun Control Rule Community Meeting With State Lawmakers (VIDEO)

Public frustrations over how Illinois’ elected leaders are addressing the state’s most pressing issues was shown in full display over the weekend as an informal meet-and-greet over coffee quickly led to some contentious moments between lawmakers and constituents.

Worries over the state’s pension system, gun control, marriage equality and the environment were all discussed at an event held by State Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) Saturday. More than 50 people attended the discussion for a chance to ask questions of state Senate Pres. John Cullerton, as well as Williams and State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). Some however used the opportunity of the forum to air their grievances at the three legislators about the way those problems are being handled.

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by Aricka Flowers
Mon Jan 21, 2013

Obama Kicks Off Second Term With Speech Addressing Progressive Issues

President Barack Obama kicked off his second term today with a speech that covered a plethora of progressive issues, including same-sex marriage, preserving the middle class, sustainable energy and climate change.

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by Matthew Blake
Wed Nov 14, 2012

Democratic Super Majority May Change Little In Springfield

The election was a triumph for Illinois Democrats and a disaster for Prairie State Republicans, with Democrats gaining super majorities in both the Illinois House and Senate. But what progressive policy will emerge from Springfield’s new make up is hard to discern.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Nov 7, 2012

Schneider Unseats Dold In the 10th Congressional District (VIDEO)

It’s been more than 30 years since a Democrat has held the 10th congressional seat in Illinois, but now it’s Brad Schneider’s turn.

Schneider, a business consultant from Deerfield, beat incumbent Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth).

During his victory speech, Schneider said he’s emerged from the campaign changed for the better, not because of the process, but because of the people in the 10th district.

“Together, we just made history,” he told the crowd of more than 200 supporters at the Northbrook Hilton.

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by Brandon Campbell
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Enyart Wins 12th Congressional District Race


Shortly after election polls closed Progress Illinois checked in on the candidates in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District, where the race turned nasty through political mudslinging in the final days. The AP is calling the race for Democrat Bill Enyart.

In the far-south district, where issues like coal power and personal finances dominated the candidates’ campaigns, the race has been so close it’s been listed as a “Tossup” by the New York Times.

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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Nov 1, 2012

Early Voting Outlook Good For Obama, Sandy Causes Firestorm For Romney Campaign

Early voting numbers and poll results are not the only troublesome issues plaguing the Romney campaign this week. From Superstorm Sandy to endorsements to a controversial campaign ad, there are quite a few things that are dogging the Republican's campaign this week, just days before the election.

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by Matthew Blake
Thu Nov 1, 2012

Personal Bios, Coal Define 12th Congressional District Race

With five days left until the election, Illinois’ close 12th congressional district race has fallen into political mudslinging, with Republican Jason Plummer raising a fuss over the public pension of Democratic opponent Bill Enyart’s wife. Recent rhetoric aside, the race has focused on a Southwest Illinois economy long reliant on downstate’s coal basin.

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Oct 26, 2012

What Brad Schneider Would Do, If Elected

Brad Schneider persuasively makes the case that there are “real differences” between him and his opponent U.S. Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) in the deadlocked race for Illinois’ 10th district representative.

And Schneider need convince almost no one that Dold is part of a legislative body mired in “unbelievable gridlock.”

But like many candidates running for Congress, Schneider is caught in a moment of political uncertainty where there is an absence of bold policy ideas.