Political agenda in Illinois and Chicago on October 25


The midterm election on November 6 is 12 days away, but Chicago has already focused on the mayoral race. We follow the midterm elections with the Sun-Times voting guide and the growing list of mayoral candidates here.

Plus, how to vote early in Illinois.

Here are the political events planned for Thursday, October 25 in Chicago and throughout Illinois.


  • 8:30 am – Mayor Rahm Emmanuel will address the 2018 Annual Training Conference of the Association of Inspectors General. Holiday Inn, 350 W. Mart Center Dr., 13th Floor.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Mayor Emmanuel will herald an important paving step. Intersection of North Washtenaw Avenue and West Augusta Boulevard.
  • 10:00 am – Following President Trump’s signing today of a major legislative package to deal with the opioid epidemic, US Senator Dick Durbin meet with advocates, health professionals and people recovering from opioid addiction to discuss the legislation and what more needs to be done. Gateway Foundation, 3828 W. Taylor St.
  • 11:00 – Toni Preckwinkle will be approved at a press conference by UFCW Local 881 at a press conference, the largest private sector union representing 34,000 members in grocery stores, meat packaging, food processing, retail stores throughout Illinois and northwest Indiana. Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.
  • 11:00 – Planned Parenthood Illinois PAC and Equality Illinois protesters to create human rainbow outside City Club lunch with Illinois Attorney General candidate Erika Harold. Across from the Maggiano Banquets, 111 W. Grand Ave.
  • 11:30 a.m. – Erika Harold, Illinois Attorney General candidate speaks at a City Club of Chicago event. Maggiano Banquets, 111 W. Grand Ave.
  • 1:15 p.m. – US Senator Dick Durbin will speak at the opening of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s new 70,000 square foot home for student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship will provide students with a hands-on approach to problem solving with dynamic projects, collaborations, and real results and products. Illinois Institute of Technology, 3137 S. Federal St.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Mayor Emmanuel will join Illinois Tech to open the new Kaplan Innovation Center. Illinois Institute of Technology, Kaplan Building, 3300 S. Federal St.
  • 3:45 p.m. – Governor Bruce Rauner will speak to participants of the Seaway Credit Union “Building On A Legacy” community celebration. 645 E. 87th St.
  • 6:00 p.m. – Chicago Teachers Union, Action Now and Garfield Park Advisory Council Hold Community Meeting with Cook County Commissioner Brandon johnson until 7:30 p.m. at Garfield Park Field House, 100 N. Central Park Ave.


  • 8:30 am – Lauren Underwood, Democratic congressional candidate, attends a roundtable on environmental issues until 10 a.m. McHenry County College Shah Center, Room 116, 4100 W Shamrock Ln. McHenry.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Lauren Underwood attends a healthcare question-and-answer session with Congressman Joe Kennedy until 4 p.m. Deer Path of Huntley, 12500 Regency Pkwy. Huntley.
  • 5:00 p.m. – Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti speaks at the Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court graduation ceremony. Kane County Branch Court, 540 S. Randall Road in Kane County. (Saint-Charles)
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lauren Underwood hosts a rally and concert with McHenry County politicians, blues band Big Fish and storytellers Nestor “The Boss” Gomez, Jim May and Tom Kastle. Historic Woodstock Square, 129 E. Van Buren St. Woodstock.


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