Uncategorized | 3:40 am | November 5, 2008 | By Margy Slattery

Merchandise for change

By Margy Slattery CHICAGO, 2:00 a.m. — Over the course of the presidential campaign, the face president-elect Barack Obama has become something of a graphic-design fetish, gracing posters, T-shirts and buttons, among other paraphernalia. Tuesday night the senator’s signature visage could be found on nearly every visitor at his Grant Park election rally. The campaign’s »

Uncategorized | 7:44 pm | November 4, 2008 | By Isaac Arnsdorf

Dressed for a home run

By Isaac Arnsdorf CHICAGO, 7:39 p.m. — There’s enough paraphernalia and street peddlers for a ballgame. As the crowds stream toward Grant Park, they have a wide selection of Obama shirts, buttons and keychains. And though the first polls have barely closed, the merchandisers have already picked the winner. It is Chicago after all, and »

Uncategorized | 5:39 pm | November 4, 2008 | By Isaac Arnsdorf

Obama land: “Not every vote is Obama’s”

By Isaac Arnsdorf CHICAGO, 5:36 p.m. – Even in Obama’s state, in Obama’s city, in Obama’s neighborhood, in Obama’s polling precinct, not every vote is Obama’s. Tiffany Grimes said, as an African-American native of Chicago’s South Side, she’s inspired that a black man could come so close to the presidency. “It means a lot to »

Uncategorized | 5:10 pm | November 4, 2008 | By Martine Powers

Hair statements

By Martine Powers CHICAGO, 5:00 p.m. – 17-year-olds Logan Spears and Miguel Pazoz from West Virginia visited Barack Obama’s former barbershop to have his name shaved into the backs of their heads. Then, they ate in Valois’, Obama’s favorite diner during his years in Hyde Park. Next, they plan on tracking down sold-out tickets to »

Uncategorized | 4:52 pm | November 4, 2008 | By Martine Powers

Election Day, more like “Obama Day” in Hyde Park

By Martine Powers CHICAGO, 4:40 p.m. – According to 61-year-old Roilynn Brown, today is Obama day. “Obama day! Obama day!” Brown chants to passersby on 53rd street in South Side neighborhood Hyde Park while handing out copies of the Hyde Park/Bronzeville community newspaper. “Here, take your newsletter.” Brown stands outside of a Dunkin Donuts, opening »