Archive | September, 2010

Illinois Green Party candidate Whitney takes seat at governor debate; in the audience

30 Sep

By Jennifer Schanz

It ain’t easy being Green, Rich Whitney agrees. Take this week’s Illinois gubernatorial debate in Chicago’s Union League Club featuring Bill Brady and Pat Quinn, the Republican and Democratic candidates.

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Voting naked in Illinois: no lines and no waiting

28 Sep

By Ally Clark

Yes, it’s true: This year Illinois voters can cast their ballots sitting on their couch, naked.  Simply check out the website Vote Naked Illinois.

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Invited or not, green candidate Whitney will be present at debate

28 Sep

Rich Whitney, Green Party candidate for Illinois Governor, speaks to a Journalism class at DePaul University on September 28, 2010. (Photo by Kevin Sherman |

By Jennifer Schanz

In a machine-party election, the third candidate and self proclaimed rebel Rich Whitney says there’s more to the Green Party than tree hugging hippies, and he’s out to make it known. Only 11-years old, the Illinois Green Party is founded on ten key values, ranging from issues of ecological wisdom to social justice and grassroots democracy.

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Former Chicago mayor tells what it will take to be the new ‘boss’

27 Sep

By Lisa Klein

Cook County Clerk David Orr knows a thing or two about Chicago politics. Not only has he overseen elections in his current office since 1991, he was an alderman in the Rogers Park neighborhood as well as the Vice Mayor to Harold Washington as a city council member.

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23 Sep

Professor Wayne Steger

Steger is the chair of the Political Science department for DePaul University, where he specializes in the American political process. He has a doctorate from the University of Iowa and has published numerous articles and edited books in his specialty area.

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Technically speaking, ‘echo boomers’ may shift Chicago voting

22 Sep

By Kelli Heinz

Will the echo boomers, who made their presence felt two years ago in the Presidential outcome, change the outcome of the Illinois general elections in November? The Chicago-based, non-partisan Mikva Challenge is encouraging local high school students to do exactly that by taking a role in civic leadership.

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Rules of the mayoral road

19 Sep

By DePolitics10/ Staff

This will be the first open Chicago mayoral election since 1947, where an incumbent has not run for Mayor of Chicago. That’s 64 years! Undoubtedly there will be confusion. Candidates interested in Chicago’s top job will have to follow the rules set by the Chicago Board of Elections.

Here, according to board spokesman Jim Allen, are some useful details about the process:

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