| May 12, 2012
| 3:40 PM
Teresa Lopez moved to Chicago from Mexico as a septuagenarian in 1994, joining an expanding wing of her family that has since spread to about 100 relatives in the area.
Two years later, Lopez, now 90, became a legal permanent resident and then remained...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 11:01 AM
The leader of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus said today that four more wards should have Latino supermajorities, an announcement that came as the council nears a deadline for redrawing the city’s wards.
The city should have 14...
| Nov 22, 2011
| 3:24 PM
A federal judge today moved back the filing schedule for Illinois congressional candidates to late December while deliberations continue on a lawsuit challenging the state’s new U.S. House district boundaries.
The start date for filing candidate...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 4:32 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to put a long standing Chicago practice on the books to ensure that police detain only undocumented immigrants who are suspected or convicted criminals.
The symbolic ordinance Emanuel proposed Tuesday would allow city police to...
| Jul 10, 2012
| 1:53 PM
U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Illinois Democrats warning that Rep.Jesse Jackson Jr. needs to be more forthcoming with voters about an undisclosed medical condition that has kept him out of Congress for a month.
| Jan 19, 2012
The House of Representatives doesn’t readily disclose what percentage of roll-call votes lawmakers miss. But an independent legislative tracking service, whose Web site is GovTrack.us, does.
I turned to GovTrack late last year when writing about...
| Apr 15, 2009
If he was nervous, Salvador Vergara Cruz didn't act it.
The mayor of this well-groomed town in central Mexico, Vergara traveled without bodyguards even after callers to his cellphone tried to extort $70,000 from him, and demanded that he play ball with...
| Feb 7, 2008
The results of Tuesday's primaries brought a renewed and vigorous debate about the Latino vote and the "Latino gap" for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). States such as California, Illinois, New York, Arizona and New Mexico have very large Latino electorates...
| Aug 21, 2007
The lightning-swift deportation of Elvira Arellano triggered an equally sharp debate Monday about whether her dramatic battle to stay in the U.S. will help or hurt attempts to liberalize immigration laws.
The undocumented Chicago resident was arrested...
| May 1, 2007
MILLIONS OF Latinos surprised the United States a year ago with a kick to the political cojones. Men, women, children and their multiethnic amigos marched through Los Angeles and dozens of other cities, proclaiming to the world that they wanted amnesty...
| Apr 30, 2010
| 4:34 PM
Florida politics and the U.S. Senate race will receive national exposure on Sunday morning programs. Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate, will be on “Fox News Sunday.” Gov. Charlie Crist, who left the GOP to run as an independent, will be on...