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Stories by Nick Blumberg

Gaylon Alcaraz: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 4th District

Gaylon Alcaraz

“We are tired of the ineffective machine style politics that stifle the growth of the county,” writes Gaylon Alcaraz. Learn more about this candidate.

Timothy ‘Tim’ Parker: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 5th District

Timothy “Tim” Parker

“Growing up in foster care I’ve learned to appreciate my community. I’ve learned the importance of hard work, helping others, and never giving up,” writes Timothy “Tim” Parker. Learn more about this candidate.

Patricia Joan Murphy: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 6th District

Patricia Joan Murphy

“Families and businesses need to live within their means. Shouldn’t our county Government do the same?” writes Patricia Joan Murphy. Learn more about this candidate.

Lou Presta: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 6th District

Lou Presta

“I am the only candidate for Commissioner of the 6th District with past experience as both a business owner and elected official,” writes Lou Presta. Learn more about this candidate.

Donna Miller: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 6th District

Donna Miller

“As Commissioner, I know it is imperative to bring jobs and economic growth to the southland,” writes Donna Miller. Learn more about this candidate.

Angeles ‘Angie’ Sandoval: Candidate for Cook County Commissioner, 7th District

Angeles “Angie” Sandoval

“I will usher in a new generation of government stewardship,” writes Angeles “Angie” Sandoval. Learn more about this candidate.

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.

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