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Stories by Nick Blumberg

Alma Anaya: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 7th District

Alma Anaya

“I am committed to making Cook County a healthy, accessible, and safe place to live,” writes Alma Anaya. Learn more about this candidate.

Frank McPartlin: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 9th District

Frank McPartlin

“It is long past time that you had a representative on the County Board that works as hard as you do,” writes Frank McPartlin. Learn more about this candidate.

Peter Silvestri: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 9th District

“I’ve been a strong voice against raising taxes on the County Board,” writes Peter Silvestri. Learn more about this candidate.

Bridget Gainer: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 10th District

Bridget Gainer

“During my time as a commissioner, I have championed policies that benefit working families across Cook County,” writes Bridget Gainer. Learn more about this candidate.

Carl Segvich: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 11th District

Carl Segvich

“In order to make government accountable to our residents and pensioners, we demand fiscal policies which reduce government spending,” writes Carl Segvich. Learn more about this candidate.

Steven S. Graves: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 11th District

Steven S. Graves

“The Democratic Party should stop punishing success and rewarding voters with tax payer money,” writes Steven S. Graves. Learn more about this candidate.

John Fritchey: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 12th District

John Fritchey

“During my time as your commissioner, I have worked and succeeded in advancing a progressive agenda that my constituents want and deserve,” writes John Fritchey. Learn more about this candidate.

Bridget Degnen: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 12th District

Bridget Degnen

“I think it’s time for a change on the County board, and based on the 7,000 doors I’ve knocked in this district since September, many people agree,” writes Bridget Degnen. Learn more about this candidate.

Bushra Amiwala: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Bushra Amiwala

“We are running a campaign on purity politics and positive messaging and don’t need to bring any of the other candidates down,” writes Bushra Amiwala. Learn more about this candidate.

Larry Suffredin: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Larry Suffredin

“I have conducted over 150 community meetings to help thousands of home owners appeal and get reductions on real estate property tax assessments,” writes Larry Suffredin. Learn more about this candidate.

Daniel Foster: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Daniel Foster

“I’m running for the Cook County Board of Commissioners because I care deeply about ending the era of mass incarceration,” writes Daniel Foster. Learn more about this candidate.

Chris Hanusiak: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 13th District

Chris Hanusiak

“I have made the commitment to serve on the County Board and to fearlessly and constantly promote efficiency in government, seeking solutions to our tax problems by budget changes, not tax increases,” writes Chris Hanusiak. Learn more about this candidate.

Scott Britton: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 14th District

Scott Britton

“I became involved in public service in order to foster progressive values in my community,” writes Scott Britton. Learn more about this candidate.

Kevin Morrison: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 15th District

Kevin Morrison

“I want to steer us away from financial collapse, and in a direction that no longer places the entire burden on the backs of our working and middle class families,” writes Kevin Morrison. Learn more about this candidate.

Timothy Schneider: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 15th District

“I fight hard for small business owners, because if they are forced to leave, the residents have to pick up their share,” writes Timothy Schneider. Learn more about this candidate.

Abdelnasser Rashid: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 17th District

Abdelnasser Rashid

“Voters deserve someone who’ll fight for working and middle class families and small businesses, not the billionaires and the politically connected,” writes Abdelnasser Rashid. Learn more about this candidate.

Sean Morrison: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 17th District

Sean Morrison

“I bring a small business owner’s pragmatic perspective to the Cook County Board where I have consistently advocated for fiscal responsibility, innovative reform measures and pro‐growth economic policies,” writes Sean Morrison. Learn more about this candidate.

White House Photographer on Her Years ‘Chasing Light’

Amanda Lucidon talks about finding candid moments in formal settings. In her new book, she gathers some of her favorite images of then-first lady Michelle Obama.

A Closer Look at Trump’s Proposed Medicare, Medicaid Cuts

The new White House budget doesn’t match President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to save Medicaid and Medicare “without cuts.” We discuss the proposed reforms.

Taking the Property Plunge: A New Guide for First-Time Homebuyers

Considering homeownership? How to decide if it’s the right time to buy—and how to avoid common mistakes. A discussion with real estate and personal finance author Ilyce Glink.

How Black Americans Shaped Abraham Lincoln’s Life

A long out-of-print book tells the stories of African-Americans who knew and worked for Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. 

Oscar Nod for ‘Frontline’ Documentary Made by Chicago Team

A still image from “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”

Oscar nominations came out earlier this week, and the “Frontline” documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” garnered a nod in the best documentary feature category. It was made by the Chicago team at Kartemquin Films. 

A Look Inside the Complicated System of U.S. Immigration

The political debate over immigration has come to the fore yet again as a government shutdown looms, with the standoff due in large part to failed immigration reform negotiations.

Can Apple and Facebook Make Their Products Less Addictive?

After a public call for Apple to make its smartphones less habit-forming, we take a look at internet addiction in a digital age.

School Funding Formula in Limbo After Rauner Veto

Gov. Bruce Rauner used his veto pen this week to rewrite a bill making minor technical changes to the state’s new and much-debated school funding formula. State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith joins us.