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Illinois Among the Top 10 Worst States for Job Growth Since Recession

It's no secret Illinois is having a rough time creating jobs, which arguably will be the foremost important issue when voters head to the polls in November. Nationally, Illinois ranks 42nd for job creation since the end of the GreatShow More Summary

10 Men Tell the Reasons Why They Cheat

Why would a man need a sidepiece anyway? I'm blessed to have a lot of male Facebook friends and I've decided to milk these friendships for as much information that I can get. And that brings me to today's installment the: Top 10 Reasons...Show More Summary

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Show More Summary

Pitchfork Music Festival in Photos: The Best of the Fest

They came, they saw, they wore a whole lot of floral patterns. The ninth installemnt of The Pitchfork Music Festival is now in the books, and the Chicago fest has never been stronger. The Union Park event this year boasted a wide-ranging lineup featuring everything from A-List names -- including Kendrick Lamar, St. Show More Summary

Jaume Plensa's Four New Sculptures for Chicago's Millennium Park

Jaume Plensa, the Spanish sculptor, added another four sculptural "portraits" to Chicago's growing Public Art in the parks. Ten years ago, Plensa, born in 1955, created the globally famous "Crown Fountain" which has become a Chicago landmark and a public sculpture Icon. Show More Summary

We're Heading Into a Jobless Future, No Matter What the Government Does

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I'd had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future. He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Show More Summary

The Unlikely Hero: Could Belugas Save the Great Lakes?

When we think of the Great Lakes, there's no shortage of symbolic visuals that come to mind. There's yellow perch and bass swimming amongst the waves. There are the beautiful skylines of Chicago and Toronto. And there are the majestic landscapes of Pictured Rocks in Lake Superior and the Niagara Falls. Show More Summary

Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner advocated for letting the income tax increase expire as scheduled in 2015 and taxing some new things, such as advertising. Show More Summary

Travel These 10 Creepy Illinois Roads... if You Dare

Illinois, with its many historical sites and state parks, is the perfect state for road trips. It's also the perfect place for a very creepy road trip. Mysterious Heartland, a site listing some of the scariest places in the Midwest ranked The 10 Creepiest Roads in Illinois and The 10 Most Haunted Roads in the Midwest. Show More Summary

10 things to know about Bruce Rauner's budget plan for Illinois

The third installment of Rauner's "Bring Back Blueprint" outlined the candidate's "Jobs and Growth Agenda" and followed up on previous sections that focused on cutting waste and reforming the system for granting tax breaks to large corporations. 1)...Show More Summary

Advice to a Young Man Who Wants to Go Places

When I dropped out of school at 19 to start my first job in Hollywood, I didn't know anything and I had no idea where I'd end up. Thankfully, I was attached to some smart and forgiving people who let me learn under them. I suppose I also had good instincts. Show More Summary

Dancing Around HIV: When Do You Know If You've Ever Done Enough?

On July 12 and 13 I participated in the Ride for AIDS Chicago. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience, with 430 riders and crew trekking 200 miles over two days from Evanston, Illinois, to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and back. The ride...Show More Summary

This Time I Wonder, Will I Die Bald?

The first time I shaved my hair was about this same time last year. It was so different the first time. I was a 36-year-old Momma who was going to conquer this horrible disease I've come to know as Triple Negative Breast Cancer. The hair shave before my chemo began was an act of empowerment, my choice. Show More Summary

Should Bruce Rauner share an Illinois state budget proposal?

Ever since Bruce Rauner won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in March, his critics have demanded that he provide a detailed plan for how he'll cut the income tax without throwing state government into chaos. Republican public affairs strategist Chris Robling has a message to those critics: Get lost. Show More Summary

'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?'

Rebekah McCloud UCF Forum columnist I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, "Oh, the places I could go." When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, "Here, Momma, take my seat." And I did. Show More Summary

Come for the Music Festivals, Stay for Chicago

Festival season is officially underway in Chicago. If you're coming for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, don't miss out on what the rest of the city has to offer. We wait all year for summer -- you may have heard that we just had an epically...Show More Summary

Top 10 Campaign Donors to Both Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates

Illinois gubernatorial elections are less than four months away, and the candidates' campaigns are starting to heat up. But to be able to get their messages out to voters, they'll need money -- and boy do they have a lot of it. Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner filed their 2014 second quarter campaign finance reports July 15. Show More Summary

Chicago Women Show Rahm Emanuel the Light at the End of the Tunnel

Tuesday, Toni Preckwinkle, one of the two women who -- according to the latest poll -- would beat Rahm Emanuel in a race for mayor of Chicago, announced she wasn't running. Monday, the other one, Emanuel's enemy Karen Lewis, head of the Chicago Teachers Union, announced she was considering running. Show More Summary

Plan a Fun Summer Getaway in Illinois to These 10 parks

ROAD TRIP! Looking to get the family out of the house and on the road? With gas prices climbing, you may want to stay a bit closer to home this summer -- look no further than your own backyard. Check out these great Illinois parks. 1. Starved...Show More Summary

Is Fishiness Afoot in Redistricting Reform in Illinois?

Was there something fishy going on when the state board of elections raised questions about whether the redistricting reform campaign had enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot? The effort is over for now, but it will return so studying it and improving it will be key. William J. Show More Summary

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