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Election 2012 Tue Sep 25 2012

Are You Registered to Vote Yet?

The good news is that Chicago and Illinois don't face the same controversial voter ID laws that will render millions of people ineligible to vote in this year's election.

The bad news is that the city's voter turnout this year may be proportionately low, anyway.

In February, the Tribune reported that registered Chicago voters were at their lowest level since 1942. And unlike other states, Illinois doesn't have same day voter registration.

So in anticipation of Election Day on Nov. 6, today is National Voter Registration Day.

If you still need to register to vote or double-check your own registration status, the Board of Election Commissioners for the City of Chicago and local nonprofit Chicago Votes can help. If you're outside of the city, you can reach out to the Illinois State Board of Elections for more information.

The last day to register is Oct. 9. Don't say we didn't warn you.

 
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It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...

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