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The President vs. the Black Lives Matter Movement

After two years of taking little notice of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists' actual demands, let alone implementing them, President Obama has now lambasted the movement for simply "yelling" about the issue. The insulting insinuation...Show More Summary

My Home Town Chicago: Where (and how) The Violence Ends?

It's no secret that Chicago is under a national microscope, due to the rampant violence plaguing the city. Arguably, in just about every news cycle there are reports about victims of gun violence, beatings or stabbings, some resulting in death in some gruesome fashion. Show More Summary

Kasonja Holley Still Uses Her Lunch Break To Feed The Homeless In Chicago

By Marcelle Hutchins It's been over a year since Kasonja Holley first made headlines about using her own lunch hour to help people fighting homelessness. The Chicago native is still going strong. Once a week Holley heads to a SubwayShow More Summary

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform

Public pensions are wildly underfunded in many political jurisdictions across this country. The pension crisis in Illinois is perhaps the most dramatic: Illinois municipal bonds are treated as "junk" by the markets for good reason. How...Show More Summary

Earth Day Scorecard for a Greener Chicago

Chicago is becoming a "greener city," but let's recognize some key challenges and the need for solutions moving forward. Environmental progress is being achieved together with job creation and economic development. The old myth about jobs versus the environment is simply that: old and false. Show More Summary

The New Enlightenment

What remains endlessly hinted at about the 2016 presidential race, but not fully articulated, is that something enormous -- bigger than politics, bigger than America itself, perhaps -- is trembling and kicking just below the surface, struggling to emerge. I have a name to suggest for this hypothetical phenomenon: the New Enlightenment. Show More Summary

Immigration Case: Texas Concedes Most Important Points

On Monday, I witnessed a part of our democracy that not many people get to see: oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States. And you know what? It reminded me of the importance of women's equality. Let me explain. The case I witnessed was United States v. Show More Summary

'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight Music Theatre

I almost skipped Dreamgirls at Porchlight. I've seen and enjoyed the movie, I saw a very decent (if emotionally neutered) touring production 6 years ago, I've watched Jennifer Holliday's landmark performance of the titular first actShow More Summary

Policing the Police in Chicago

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report candidly states without reservation that decades of racism and systemic failure in the CPD 'validates' complaints that have consistently been made by the Black community. There are two Chicago Police Departments - Officer Kinda Friendly and the Jason Van Dyke Fraternity. Show More Summary

Secrets to Building a Tribe with Facebook Groups

Imagine being a sought after thought leader sharing ideas with a community of raving fans who are thrilled to hear from you. Facebook Groups is a powerful platform for creating a tribe and engaging with them online. If you haven't yet...Show More Summary

Tubman Selection Is Right on the Money

A year ago, I introduced the "Put a Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015" (H.R. 1910) to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to put a woman's portrait on American money. The bill didn't pass, but it didn't have to. After first announcing in...Show More Summary

Chicago's 'Improv Nerd' Wasn't Prepared for Grief

If you haven't met the world's funniest man, he lives in Chicago. Jimmy Carrane made simply living funny with his long-running improv shows "I Am 27, I Still Live at Home and Sell Office Supplies" and "Living in a Dwarf's House." Now...Show More Summary

Guys, Gwyneth Paltrow Is in on the Joke

Is there a more convenient proverbial punching bag than Gwyneth Paltrow? Paltrow has achieved more success in more fields than most of us could conjure in even our wildest dreams. She's an Oscar winner. She's at the helm of Goop, initially just a newsletter and now a successful and growing lifestyle brand. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Must Uphold the President's Lawful Immigration Actions

All across this country undocumented immigrants are living in fear of seeing their families torn apart because of our broken immigration system. Many of those immigrants are children who were brought here at a young age through no fault of their own. Show More Summary

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner's refusal to compromise and agree to a state budget is tearing at the fabric of our state's human service and higher education infrastructure. Families, children, students and seniors are suffering. They're collateral...Show More Summary

Confusion for Students, Counselors as MAP Grants in Limbo for Second Straight Year

This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget impasse has made this year an especially challenging one for high school seniors on two fronts. Show More Summary

A Gourmet Guide to 420 in Chicago

Last week I received an email from a friend detailing the Trenchermen's upcoming burger specials. The one that immediately made my mouth water was their 420 burger. I figured that if a classy/foodie place like TM was serving up stoner...Show More Summary

Creating Resilient Communities

"Conflict happens in isolation." Wow, that's it. A sense of awareness ignited as I listened to Kristin Famula, president of the National Peace Academy, make this seldom-acknowledged observation. When we feel wronged, violated, disrespected,...Show More Summary

Springtime in Chicago Bucket List

Spring is finally here in Chicago, and while I'm still waiting for it to keep warming up a bit more so I can pack away my coats, I am thrilled to say goodbye to winter. Luckily the move is coinciding with spring and we will be able to...Show More Summary

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolically represents when a woman's wage finally catches up to what a man was paid in the previous year. Despite often being equally qualified, a man's pay outpaces a woman's by 79 cents for every dollar. Show More Summary

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