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Elect candidates on policies, not just personalities

By Opinions Editor

March 17, 2014

Politics are just as much about gaining public favor as promoting good policies. But so many politicians have pitched to the public by using the marginalized minority group appeal that it has clouded the water—Americans often vote for politicians based on who they are as representations of  some unique characteristic, like the first tattooed congressman or something equally specific.Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly d...

Self-funded campaigns unethical

March 10, 2014

With the Illinois gubernatorial election only eight months away, criticism and promises from each candidate are growing louder. In the case of Republican frontrunner Bruce Rauner, the scrutiny reached new heights when statewide labor organization AFL-CIO filed an ethics complaint against him.The organization claimed it filed the complaint because Rauner violated the Illinois Procurement Code, which outlines what constitutes...

We Love making it up as we go

We Love making it up as we go

By Brandon Howard

March 3, 2014

Do you ever just want to spend an afternoon in your best friend’s garage, basking in the glory of old 8-bit Nintendo games and listening to loud music on a sweet new stereo? If so, We Love You would...

Hold elections for Chicago school board

By Editorial Board

November 19, 2012

On Election Day, voters in 327 Chicago precincts were asked if they wanted an elected Board of Education for Chicago Public Schools, rather than one appointed by the mayor. The referendum garnered the support of more than 86 percent of the 76,000 people who voted on the issue.Despite being the largest school district in the state and the third largest district in the nation, CPS is the only public school system in Illinois t...

Editor’s note: Facebook statuses aren’t news

By Heather Scroering

November 12, 2012

We can all rest easier now that election campaigning is over for at least another two years. Some of us are probably exhausted from having unsolicited political opinions squawked at us from all angles on social media. But during this election, I noticed a trend: People saying they were turning away from political issues altogether simply because they felt they had reached their saturation point with ill-informed Facebook poli...

Four more years

By James Foster

November 12, 2012

President Barack Obama was re-elected Nov. 6 to a second term, and although the crowd of approximately 10,000 at McCormick Place was smaller than the Grant park gathering four years ago, the air was electric with enthusiasm.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslide/election_night_2012%20/soundslider.swf" width="500" height="440" targetclass="flashmovie"][/kml_flashembed]...

Obama delivers acceptance speech

By Kaley Fowler

November 7, 2012

Just as the crowd began to relax after hours of celebrating President Barack Obama's re-election, the lights in McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, dimmed, and a short film about Obama's personal struggles, political ideology and family values began. The audience cheered consistently from scene to scene and instantly exhibited a surge of enthusiasm once the film was replaced by upbeat songs, once again taking to si...

Wisconsin elects first openly gay Senator

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Democrat Tammy Baldwin won a Senate seat in Wisconsin, making her the first openly-gay Senator in U.S. history, according to Slate online magazine.Another important Senate race has been declared, this time in Massachusetts. Democrat Elizabeth Warren will be the first woman Senator for the state after besting incumbent Scott Brown in the most expensive Senate race of this election cycle.  Elizabeth Warren has received a l...

McCormick Place, Obama supporters rejoice

By Kaley Fowler

November 6, 2012

President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term in the White House, beating opponent Mitt Romney after a lengthy and heated battle.Screams erupted from the crowd at McCormick Place as several news organizations pegged Obama victorious in Ohio, a key swing state, which gave him enough electoral votes to secure the presidency.According to network projections, the only swing state Romney won was North Carolina, despite making Election Day...

Popular vote not as decisive

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Obama’s victory is basically a done deal, but his lead in electoral votes may not be reflected in the popular vote.Although the president has almost 90 more electoral votes than Mitt Romney, the each candidate has just about the same number of votes from the general public. Throughout the day, Romney consistently held a slight lead in the popular vote.This could put liberals in a difficult spot. Many on the left were very...

Marijuana, same-sex marriage legalized in some states

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

By voter referendum, recreational use of marijuana has been legalized in Colorado and Washington, according to the Huffington Post. Oregon’s marijuana referendum has yet to be determined.Voters in Maine passed the a ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage, while initiatives in Minnesota, Maryland and Washington are still up in the air....

Results Update

By Tyler Davis

November 6, 2012

Here are the results as of 7:45 p.m.:Tennessee and Arkansas have been called in favor of Romney.New Jersey has gone to Obama. Obama has 79 electoral votes and Romney has 73.Democrats have gained two Senate seats. Twenty-eight House seats have gone to Democrats and 56 to Republicans.

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