• facebook
  • twitter
  • sign up today!

Katie Cliff

Q&A with Presidential Debate Scholar Dr. Mitchell McKinney

University of Missouri professor Dr. Mitchell McKinney is a political communication scholar whose areas of interest include political campaigns and presidential debates. He has co-authored seven books and his research has been featured in numerous academic journals.

McKinney told the Daily Whale he has been “fascinated” by the presidential debate process ever since he first attended one in 1988.

“I would go every four years to one or more of the presidential debates,” he said. “I quickly started to understand that they do matter in the sense of voters.”

Residents express strong support for Burton Place District landmark recommendation

Old Town residents packed the Commission on Chicago Landmarks meeting room Thursday to encourage commissioners to approve a preliminary landmark recommendation for West Burton Place. Advocates for the designation also called on a local developer not to follow through on the planned demolition of a building located within the district.


Officials in Illinois respond to President Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Officials in Illinois had mixed responses on Monday to President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which is designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions from coal-burning power plants in the coming years and put more focus on renewable energy sources.


Q&A with Char Rivette, executive director of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

Char Rivette has spent the last six and a half years as executive director of the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, a a non-profit organization that partners with law enforcement, medical personnel, mental health professionals, and child protection staff to respond to allegations of child sexual and physical abuse in the city of Chicago.

Cook County commissioners move to increase penalty for violations of assault weapons ban

During a meeting of the Cook County board’s Criminal Justice Committee on Wednesday, commissioners approved an ordinance that would increase fines for individuals illegally in possession of assault weapons.

Commissioner Richard Boykin (D-Chicago) sponsored the ordinance, which amends the county’s Blair Holt Assault Weapons Ban. Under Boykin’s measure, fines for first-time violations of the assault weapons ban would increase from between $1,000 and $5,000 to between $5,000 and $10,000. Subsequent violations could result in fines between $10,000 and $20,000.


Budget Committee moves to end free garbage pickup for more than 1,800 buildings

During a meeting of the Chicago City Council Committee on Budget and Government Operations Tuesday, alderman gave initial approval to a proposal to end city refuse collection services for 1,800 properties currently receiving such services pursuant to a grandfather clause in legislation the City Council approved in 2000.


Q&A with state Rep. Ann Williams

Like many lawmakers in Illinois, state Rep. Ann Williams (D-Chicago) currently focuses the majority of her legislative efforts on government spending and the state budget.

“I spend most of my time talking about the budget: all day, every day,” she said.

CCHHS Board’s Finance Committee reports YTD profit, outlines future budgetary concerns

During a Cook County Health and Hospitals System Board’s Finance Committee meeting on Friday, system officials reported the hospital system generated a positive net income for 2015. The presentation, however, noted the system faces three major budgetary concerns going forward.


Public Safety Committee advances Lightfoot’s appointment to Chicago Police Board

Members of the Chicago City Council Committee on Public Safety unanimously approved the appointment of Lori Lightfoot to serve on the Chicago Police Board on Tuesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel selected Lightfoot to replace outgoing board President Demetrius Carney. 


Q&A with Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation Chairman Stu Cohn

As the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cook County Forest Preserve Foundation’s board of directors, Stu Cohn works with the board’s eleven other volunteer members to organize fundraisers, educational programs, and conservation events that reflect the mission of the county’s Forest Preserve District.