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Munger Reaches Labor Deal as Rauner Continues His Own Battle

As Gov. Bruce Rauner continues to battle with organized labor, the state comptroller he appointed has cut a deal with union workers in her office. They'll get more pay but it won't drive up pension costs. Comptroller Leslie Munger reportedly...Show More Summary

Statement on Clean Power Plan & Illinois

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama Administration released the final version of the landmark Clean Power Plan. In response, Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club...Show More Summary

I Strongly Support the EPA Clean Power Plan

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges we face at home and around the world. Fourteen of the 15 hottest years on record have occurred in this century, and we're on pace to set a new all-time record this year. The National...Show More Summary

Cheapest Lake Escapes in the U.S.

By Ciara Collins for the CheapTickets Blog Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Just north of the Illinois/Wisconsin border, this laid-back watering hole has become quite the Midwest getaway for slowed-down weekends of lakeside moseying through shops and finding a good patio at sunset to lazily sip on a beer. Show More Summary

14 Illinois Prisons Reaching 80 to 96% of Their Total Capacity

There are more than 47,000 inmates under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Corrections as of May 2015, the lowest the state's prison population has been in five years, says the IDOC's quarterly report. While the number of...Show More Summary

Locally Grown Food Could Be Good for Illinois' Economy

Editor's Note: The landscape in rural Illinois is changing rapidly as family farms give way to industrial agricultural production. This change is having a profound impact on the economic and social life of Illinois' rural communities. Show More Summary

David Feldstein Surrenders His Silence: Chicago Native Delivers Stunning Debut

Artist Photo by Jeff Walton Photography You have 25 years to make your first record and six months to make the next," used to be a hackneyed insider joke among recording artists who'd gone smiling through the grinder of the showbiz commerce mill and came out kvetching. Show More Summary

New Job Stats Say Illinois' Unemployment Rate Fell More in Some Parts of the State Than Others

Higher Job Creation in the Collar Counties Than in Illinois as a Whole For the 16th month in a row, Illinois unemployment fell in June in all metro areas, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsShow More Summary

The 8 Top Southern Dishes

By John T. Edge for Garden & Gun Where to go for the best barbecue, biscuits, fried chicken, and more (From left: Lissa Gotwals; Rush Jagoe; Whitney Ott) Parsed into old-school and new-school categories, the collection that follows showcases my favorites culled from five years on the road, throughout the South and beyond. Show More Summary

The Top Ten Cities for Creatives

A thriving creative class is a key feature of nearly every successful modern city. A vibrant culture is not only valuable in its own right, it also often serves to attract and inspire talented workers in non-creative fields, creating a rising tide that benefits the entire city. Show More Summary

Reparations for the 99%

Seven years after the housing crisis, which led to the financial crisis, which led to the recession, it may be time to review what happened to the people, the government, and the financial industry (banks, mortgage lenders, and investment firms). Show More Summary

The ADA at 25: A Commitment to Our Neighbors

In 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, I had not yet made my decision to begin ROTC and a career of military service. I had no idea that I would join the Army, become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Show More Summary

10 Illinois Counties With the Fewest Rapes Per Capita

(Editor's note: This article is the latest installment of our occasional series on criminal activity in Illinois. You can find previous articles here and here.) The term "sexual assault" can cover a multitude of sex-related crimes. For this reason, its use in crime statistical applications can sometimes be ineffective. Show More Summary

Rauner's Business Reform Plan Could Face First Test With Plant Closing

No sooner had the closing of the Normal Mitsubishi plant been announced last week than critics of Illinois' business climate pounced on the news. The plant, which opened in 1988 and employs 1,200 workers, will close in November as Mitsubishi Motors consolidates its manufacturing operations in Asia, the company announced July 24. Show More Summary

13 of the Most Haunted Cemeteries in Illinois

Although cemeteries can be places of tranquility for some, for others cemeteries arouse fear and trepidation. Some who have traversed cemeteries tell stories of gripping ghost encounters that could convince even staunch skeptics not to walk the grounds of cemeteries that are supposedly laced with paranormal activity. Show More Summary

Six Months In, How Does Rauner Stack Up on Transparency Promises?

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek says Gov. Bruce Rauner's oft-stated campaign goal of bringing unprecedented transparency to the governor's office is proving more difficult in practice than in stump speeches: Six months into his term, Bruce Rauner has become quite secretive for such a self-proclaimed transparent governor. Show More Summary

The 8 Top Southern Dishes

By John T. Edge for Garden & Gun Where to go for the best barbecue, biscuits, fried chicken, and more (From left: Lissa Gotwals; Rush Jagoe; Whitney Ott) Parsed into old-school and new-school categories, the collection that follows showcases my favorites culled from five years on the road, throughout the South and beyond. Show More Summary

Map: Where the Illinois Budget Shutdown Is Felt the Most

As Illinois' budget impasse continues, the lack of funding for government agencies and the organizations they support is starting to take a toll. Check out the map below that shows where the effects of the Illinois state government shutdown are being felt. Show More Summary

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be nearly as much money available for schools or social services as there could be, because the state's pension liabilities are eating it all up. Show More Summary

Durbin and Kelly: Petcoke Is Everyone's Problem, Not Just Chicago and Detroit

Like every protracted campaign, the battle to defeat the blight of petcoke on Chicago's Southeast Side has had good and bad days. Especially for the neighborhood where the petcoke is dumped. A couple weeks ago, Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Robin Kelly supplied one of the good days. Show More Summary

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