Lolly Bowean, Nieman Reports

Lolly Bowean

Nieman Reports

Cambridge, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Lolly:

Supporting Quality Journalism that Connects with Local Communities

Lolly Bowean, NF ’17, works to hold space in philanthropy for marginalized communities → Read More

Investing in local news is more important than ever

Particularly in communities of color disproportionately affected by coronavirus, access to information is critical. → Read More

Coronavirus disruptions force Cook County state’s attorney candidates off the campaign trail for their vital final weekend push

With nearly all public events cancelled and many restaurants and businesses closing up as a precaution due to the threat of the coronavirus, the Democratic candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney have been scrambling to re-direct their campaign strategies and figure out their election night plans, several campaign officials said. → Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s race for reelection has faced Smollett criticism, opponent with deeper pockets

While officeholders seeking reelection usually enjoy the advantages of incumbency — name recognition, a generally easier time fundraising and an established work record — Kim Foxx has faced an unusual uphill climb. Facing an opponent with far deeper pockets, Foxx often has found herself on defense ahead of the state’s March 17 primary. → Read More

Bill Conway’s new campaign ad attacks State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Jussie Smollett, using her own words against her

With just a week before Election Day, challenger Bill Conway released a new campaign commercial attacking Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx over the ongoing Jussie Smollett case, this time using her own words against her. → Read More

Cook County state’s attorney candidates combined have raised more than $16M, more than doubling 2016′s haul

The four Democratic candidates — Bill Conway, Kim Foxx, Bob Fioretti and Donna More — combined have raised nearly $16.3 million to spend on the election. That’s an increase of 180% from the 2016 primary, according to Illinois State Board of Elections data. → Read More

Mayor Lightfoot taps new CEO for Chicago Housing Authority

More than six months after the Chicago Housing Authority’s CEO abruptly resigned, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has selected a veteran public housing executive from Minneapolis to take the agency’s top job, her administration said Friday. → Read More

Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski announces resignation months after FBI raided his government offices

Cook County Commissioner Jeffrey Tobolski is resigning from office later this month, he said in a letter dated Friday. Tobolski’s resignation letter addressed to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle did not give a reason for his pending departure. His resignation takes effect March 31. → Read More

Kim Foxx’s office ‘moving to quickly dismiss’ charges against distraught mother of slain nursing student

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx met this week with the family of a teenage nursing student who was fatally shot last week at a South Shore convenience store and blamed the Chicago Police Department for arresting and charging her grieving mother. → Read More

Democrat Donna More out with cable ads in Cook County state’s attorney’s race

As she struggles to get noticed in her bid for Cook County state’s attorney, Donna More has released her first two campaign commercials. One focuses on attacking current State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. → Read More

Kim Foxx, other Cook County state’s attorney candidates attack Bill Conway over his father’s $7.5 million in contributions to his campaign

Cook County state’s attorney candidates went after fellow competitor Bill Conway over the main source of his campaign funding — his billionaire father’s wealth —accusing him of trying to buy his way into office, during a wide-ranging Friday night debate. → Read More

Rivals Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle rally for Kim Foxx, together but separately

Political rivals Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle on Friday joined together to announce they are both endorsing embattled State’s Attorney Kim Foxx as she presses for a second term. → Read More

Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County commissioners gain more control over health board

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has appointed a member of her staff to join the independent board that oversees the county health and hospital system, she said Thursday. → Read More

With housing ordinance, city officials want to stem displacement, preserve affordable housing in Woodlawn near site of Obama center

The city of Chicago would invest about $4.5 million into four separate programs that would help lower-income residents in Woodlawn fix up their homes, assist some to become new homeowners and aid others in getting financing to purchase and renovate vacant buildings, officials said. → Read More

Charlie Beck: Chicago police to boost presence, including SWAT officers, on CTA train lines following recent violence

Starting Friday, there will be more Chicago police officers patrolling Chicago Transit Authority train lines after a deadly shooting in a pedestrian tunnel left one person dead and two others wounded, officials said. → Read More

Mayor Lori Lightfoot hosting Chicago poverty summit: ‘We’re no longer going to look the other way’

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration will convene policy experts, academics, union leaders and others who potentially can tackle the issue of poverty in the city. → Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s latest campaign ad recounts her political endorsements, features family members of gun violence victims

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx released a new television campaign ad on Wednesday touting her endorsements from high-ranking officials. → Read More

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx picks up California Sen. Kamala Harris’ endorsement ahead of March 17 Democratic primary

California Sen. Kamala Harris is endorsing Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx in her push for a second term, the incumbent prosecutor’s campaign announced. → Read More

Former President Barack Obama hosts ‘fireside chat’ with NBA stars during Chicago’s All-Star weekend

As Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Love and Chris Paul sat in conversation with former President Barack Obama on Saturday night, they talked about building basketball courts and recreational centers, funding outreach efforts to help people who struggle with mental health issues and starting their own foundations. → Read More

Former President Barack Obama meets with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot during NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago

Former President Barack Obama met with Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Saturday afternoon, officials confirmed. → Read More