Concerns mount over implementation of Illinois’ historic automatic voter registration law

The Illinois automatic voter registration law is the first in the country to allow agencies outside of the Secretary of State to register voters. Democrats pushed to offer AVR at public assistance and social services agencies, which help low-income people and people of color who may not have driver’s licenses. Meanwhile at the Republican governor’s request, the state Department of Natural Resources and Department of Financial and Professional Regulation will also register voters. But a combination of unrelated policy delays, lack of state funding and security concerns all threaten the law’s rollout in Illinois.

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How Four Male Democratic Candidates for Governor Plan to Improve the Lives of Illinois Women

In the wake of a national cascade of #metoo stories about sexual assault and harassment and the federal government threatening access to contraception, hundreds of women gathered in the Loop on Dec. 9 to hear four Illinois Democratic gubernatorial candidates describe how they would be allies for women’s issues.

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Rogers Park Development Fuels Tensions over Gentrification

Construction crews broke ground November 28 on a mixed-use development despite continued efforts by local community groups to obstruct it, or at least negotiate a better deal. The Rogers Park Community Benefits Coalition says the development, called the Concord at Sheridan, will pull traffic away from local businesses, funnel profits out of the neighborhood and displace Rogers Park residents by accelerating the gentrification that is already at work in the area.

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How Each Democratic Candidate for Illinois Governor Would Advance Queer Justice

Support for LGBTQ equality is practically a prerequisite for running on the Democratic ticket in the race to be the next governor of Illinois. So it’s not surprising that at a recent forum the candidates – State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), Madison County Superintendent of Schools Bob Daiber, anti-violence activist Tio Hardiman, businessman Chris Kennedy, and venture capitalist J. B. Pritzker – agreed on the basics. But their answers revealed subtle distinctions that LGBTQ voters are sure to notice.

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For a Bright Orange Tent: How one practical survival item caused the rise and fall of Chicago’s Tent City

Residents of Uptown Tent City had two things that made them different from the city’s larger homeless population: They had bright orange tents, and they knew their rights. Those two things became their undoing.

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