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Green cars of the future may be costly

By Heather McGraw

March 13, 2011

Residents tired of rising gas prices might have an easier time transitioning to electric vehicles now that the Illinois Commerce Commission is on board and trying to make sure Illinois stays a step ahead of the game in planning for electric vehicles and charging stations.At a policy meeting concerning plug-in electric vehicles in Chicago, members of the ICC agreed many questions about the future of green transportation re...

Old tune for a new Uptown

By Heather McGraw

March 13, 2011

An idea that originated in the 1970s is gaining traction with Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and others giving the Uptown neighborhood a new face and title as the city’s primary music district.In an interview on WXRT-FM on March 2, Emanuel briefly mentioned turning Uptown into a music district similar to the theater district of the downtown area.Many advocates for the project believe it will kick start revitalization for the n...

Gender neutral bathroom initiative to hit Chicago

By Heather McGraw

March 7, 2011

Seven Chicago businesses have committed to making sure their restroom environments are safe for transgender people.The T-friendly bathroom initiative started by Genderqueer Chicago raised enough money to fully launch its project throughout the city, after having been in the works for a year.Genderqueer is a community group focused on creating a safe environment for gender variant people and educating the general public on li...

Back at the ballot box again

By Heather McGraw

March 7, 2011

Young adults in Chicago have grown up with Mayor Richard M. Daley as a household name. But on Feb. 22, they finally had the chance to elect someone else.Preliminary voter turnout data in the recent municipal election suggests a larger youth vote than in previous years. However, precise demographic data is not yet available to confirm this.Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago board of elections commissioners, said specific demogr...

Second term win for 2nd Ward incumbent

By Heather McGraw

February 28, 2011

Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward) will begin his second term in office in May after winning a majority vote in the recent municipal elections, beating out fourother candidates.Fioretti received 55 percent of the votes on Feb. 22, allowing him to avoid a runoff election in April. Genita Robinson came in second in the election, with nearly 31 percent of the vote, followed by Melissa Callahan, with more than 4 percent. Jim Bosco, ...

If at first they don’t succeed, try again in April

By Heather McGraw

February 21, 2011

In the event of a non-majority win on Feb. 22, a runoff election could mean a second chance for mayoral and aldermen candidates.As of press time, the latest poll conducted by Chicago Retail Merchants Association shows Rahm Emanuel with 58 percent of the vote. Because polls represent a small percentage of the population and numbers fluctuate, there is a chance Emanuel will win less than the majority of votes in the election. I...

Rival groups’ support for new procedure may be premature

By Heather McGraw

February 21, 2011

Resurrection Medical Center, the leading Catholic health care system in Chicago, started a new program to stop second-trimester abortions in mid-process. While the program is being commended from anti-abortion groups and abortion rights advocates, there are some serious flaws.There are two clinics in Illinois that perform abortions in the second trimester, with one located in Chicago. The other clinic offering second-trimester...

BIG, Majora Carter present ideas on green village building

By Heather McGraw

February 14, 2011

A coalition of activists, experts and urban farmers met last week to discuss ways to take advantage of the changes in city government the elections will bring.The meeting held on Feb. 8 was organized by Naomi Davis, president and founder of Blacks in Green. The speakers, whom Davis referred to as the “All Stars,” shared recommendations for policy implementation that would help bring green villages to underserved neighbor...

Election Series: Mayoral candidate platforms

By Heather McGraw

February 14, 2011

As city elections draw near, many voters find it difficult to stay informed on the mayoral candidates’ platforms.In a poll conducted by the Chicago Tribune and WGN released on Feb. 10, the top four candidates in the race are former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, with 49 percent; attorney Gery Chico, with 14 percent; Carol Moseley Braun, founder of Ambassador Organics, with 10 percent; and Chicago City Clerk Mig...

Aldermanic candidates tell what turnover means for city

By Heather McGraw

February 14, 2011

As 2nd Ward residents prepare to elect their representative for the next four years, a new City Council is taking shape that will influence residents citywide.With Mayor Richard M. Daley ending his 22-year rule in Chicago—which has included an increase in mayoral budgetary power—many aldermen expect a transfer of control in the coming election cycle.While constituents in each of the 50 wards will elect their alderman, ...

Chicagoans join protests in Madison

By Cristina Aguirre

February 8, 2011

Tens of thousands of people braved the snow and freezing rain, packed inside the Wisconsin state capitol building, surrounding Gov. Scott Walker’s office, banging drums and shouting chants like, “Talk to us” and “We are Wisconsin” over potential union rights changes.The protests, which have been ongoing for more than two weeks, began when Walker introduced his budget repair bill that would limit unions’ collec...

Chicago Treasurer: party of one

By Heather McGraw

February 7, 2011

Of the three citywide positions up for a vote in the approaching Feb. 22 elections, the mayoral and city clerk candidates continue to campaign, but the office of treasurer is down to one name.Stephanie Neely is alone on the ballot for treasurer after holding the position for six years. She won the citywide municipal clection in 2007, but originally took office in 2006, when Mayor Richard M. Daley appointed her to replace Judith Rice.According t...

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