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People, Places and Power: Cook County Edition

Did you know that neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago, southern suburbs, and rural parts of Will and Kankakee counties are all part of Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District?

Cook County Township Map
Cook County and its Townships

People, Places and Power: Cook County Edition, which we’ll premiere on Tuesday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m., will explore urban, suburban, and rural political, social, and economic dynamics within this diverse part of the state. Join us for a conversation about how political power and public resources are distributed among neighborhoods, communities, and wards. We’ll consider historical factors, including factors that have contributed to segregation, and discuss how recent developments, such as the 2020 census, might affect the allocation of power and resources within Chicago.


This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

Illinois Humanities thanks The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Learn more about the “Distributions: People, Places, and Power” series and The Country and the City: Common Ground in the Prairie State? program.

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