Chicago’s 4th Ward Alderman Race: Candidate Profiles


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Chicago’s 4th Ward is currently holding a special election to decide who will serve as alderman until May 2019. You can read more about the election and how to vote here. It’s a pretty important race and even Obama has gotten involved.

We put together some key facts about each of the five candidates running– their education, their job experience– and included some quotes of what they said at the candidate forum on February 21st. Check it out below!

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The Ballot Measure Passed. But Who Makes the State Implement It?


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Many states had ballot measures that addressed issues of minimum wage, gun control, marijuana, campaign finance, and more during the 2016 election. Voters had the opportunity to either support or oppose initiatives that they saw on their ballot. Once the results roll in, it’s the state’s job to figure out how to implement the ballot measure. So what happens when the state might not want to implement a voter-approved ballot measure?

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Is the Minimum Wage Going Up in Your State? If So, When?


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Since 2000, almost all minimum wage state ballot measures introduced have passed, and the 2016 election was no different.

Five states addressed the minimum wage this past November: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Washington, and South Dakota. While most of these ballot measures focused on increasing the minimum wage, it’s important to note that not all did. Some proposed changes to paid time off policies or even a wage decrease.

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Chicago’s 4th Ward: A Special Election, and an Obama Endorsement


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Wondering what former president Barack Obama’s been up to since leaving office? Well, it turns out he’s still interested in politics. Local politics on the South Side of Chicago, in particular.

Chicago’s 4th Ward will be holding a special election for alderman on Tuesday, February 28th. The 4th Ward’s previously elected alderman, Will Burns, left the office in April to go work for Airbnb. Mayor Rahm Emanuel then appointed Sophia King, a former teacher and Chicago Public Schools administrator, to the position.

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BallotReady Explains: Jungle Primaries (And Some Lessons from 2016)


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Imagine a 2016 election where, instead of candidates competing in the separate Democratic and Republican primaries, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Bernie Sanders, and Hillary Clinton all ran in one primary. Then, the top two proceeded to the general election. Maybe two Democrats, maybe two Republicans.

Sounds crazy right? But that’s exactly what the jungle primary does in state and local elections across the country.

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Down-Ballot Effects of Trump’s Cabinet: A Very Special Election in Montana


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In the past few weeks, the news has been dominated by the incoming Trump presidency, with confirmation hearings galore.

But for Montana, and the US House of Representatives, the Trump Cabinet will also have some indirect effects. Ryan Zinke, Montana’s sole Congressman, has been nominated as the Secretary of Interior. Experts believe he will be confirmed, especially after Montana’s Democratic Senator Jon Tester voiced his support.

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What’s Going On with Gun Control? A Post-Election Update


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During this past election season, minimum wage, marijuana, and gun control dominated state-level ballot measures, and voters approved many of these proposals. Although the phrase “gun control” has been thrown around a lot in current events, it means something different in each state depending on the specific ballot measure. These measures can include expanding background checks, restricting ammunition sales, regulating gun transfers, or prohibit individuals from purchasing a gun. Below are the results of four state-level gun control ballot measures in 2016:

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