Honor King’s legacy by continuing the voting rights fight

We are facing a critical time for voting rights in our country. On [Jan. 16], I spoke to the Southland Ministerial Health Network at their Martin Luther King Day Spirit of Excellence Awards about the need to continue the fight for voting rights as the best way to honor Dr. King’s legacy. Not that long …

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Talking Politics about 2016 Presidential Election

Recently spoke with Paul Lisnek on CLTV’s “Politics Tonight” about youth voter registration in suburban Cook County, Politics in Chicago and in the presidential election.  Watch the segment below – Look at Politics in Chicagoland 2016 Presidential Election With David Orr CLTV interview with Cook County Clerk David Orr. Discussing topics that include voter registration in Cook …

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2014 Ballot lottery positions for Illinois

Democratic candidates running in the November 4, 2014 Gubernatorial Election will take the top spot on the ballot in Cook County. Their card was picked in a ballot position lottery held by Cook County Clerk David Orr on Tuesday. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HhohUMPcBM David Orr and the Director of Elections Noah Praetz, folded two note cards – one …

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Interview with Ben Joravsky on old Chicago machine politics and new TIF reforms

TIF reforms in chicago and old Chicago machine politics

PHOTO: RICH HEIN/SUN-TIMES MEDIA Talking TIFs and old Chicago Politics with Ben Joravsky @joravben. In honor of his 35th year as an elected official, Cook County clerk David Orr did what he does best: he irritated the hell out of a powerful mayor. In this case, the mayor was Rahm Emanuel, though in the past it’s …

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Voter Registration in Cook County

Candidate filing closed Monday for the March 18 Illinois primary election, but regardless of the names on the ballot I can offer this prediction: Turnout will be disappointing. Take the last midterm primary in 2010, which featured hot races for U.S. Senate and governor, yet only drew 26 percent of registered voters in Cook County. …

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David Orr’s WBEZ interview on gay marriage

Listen to Cook County Clerk David Orr’s interview on WBEZ below. [audio:http://davidorr.org/orr/wp-content/uploads/same-sex-marriage-interview.mp3] “I am thrilled the Illinois House today passed marriage equality, and I eagerly await the Senate’s seal of approval and Governor Quinn’s signature. “Same-sex couples throughout the state will at long last be able to declare their legally-recognized commitment to each other within …

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David Orr Testifies before Presidential Commission

  Cook County Clerk David Orr on Friday spoke out in favor of weekend voting, data-driven planning of election resources, and online, Election Day, and automatic voter registration before the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.   “Registration errors and omissions slow lines,” Orr said. “A modern registration process should produce better …

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Recent interview w/ THE CANVASS

David Orr has been the Cook County (IL) clerk since 1990.  As a former professor of history and politics, he knew back then that “few places cried out more for reform than Cook County.” He’s been on the case ever since.  Orr spoke with The Canvass on September 3, 2013 –   Q: With your …

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Cook County Clerk David Orr Applauds Senate Passage of Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act

Cook County Clerk David Orr Hopes To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Soon!   As a long-time advocate of marriage equality, Clerk Orr applauds the Illinois Senate’s passage of the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. “It is a good day for love,” said Clerk Orr, who was recently honored by the Chicago Gay and Lesbian …

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