The idea behind a referendum is to give voters a direct voice in making their community better. These ballot questions can cover anything from stem-cell research to the fate of an empty lot. They may be binding or just advisory. Last month, referenda were on ballots in nine Chicago precincts.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said the political bickering over the federal budget isn't expected to end any time soon.Durbin said Friday he thinks Congress will have to approve another temporary budget to avoid a government shut down.
Yesterday, the president of the International Red Cross declared Libya as “engaged in civil war.” Last week, media hedged their bets, referring to escalating violence between pro- and anti-Qaddafi forces as the “brink of civil war.”
The fourteen aldermanic run-off elections scheduled for April will have a big impact on the make-up of the Chicago City Council. So it's no surprise that Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel is wading deep into the runoff pool.
Wisconsin’s public workers no longer have collective bargaining rights. Lawmakers stripped them away Thursday, and the move’s causing a firestorm in pro-labor circles. But Illinois’ neighbor to the north isn’t the only one seeing an epic battle over workers rights.