The man who’s now President of the United States, with authority to call together two houses of Congress for aRead more
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.Read more
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.Read more
The 2016 presidential election sparked a national uprising of pink pussy hats and civically engaged women. But despite the insurgency of political motivation, the barriers that prevent women from holding office are not budging — especially in Illinois.Read more
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.Read more
Global leaders came together this week to welcome Barack Obama back home.
This time around, however, the former United States president did not meet with high functionaries and heads of state. Instead, he and former First Lady Michelle Obama discussed activism and leadership with nearly 500 young community organizers from across the world during the first-ever Obama Foundation Summit.Read more