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AG Lisa Madigan's Top Tips for a Safe Holiday Shopping Season

As Illinoisans gear up for the holiday season, Attorney General Lisa Madigan released her annual "Safe Shopping Guide" with a list of toys and products that have been recalled over the past year. From toy cars to youth all-terrain vehicles, the guide has detailed descriptions and pictures of every product you'll want to avoid while holiday shopping. Show More Summary

Top 20 Colleges In Illinois, As Ranked By The Economist

The Economist has picked out its top colleges in the country for the first time ever- and the list of the best Illinois colleges may surprise you. Using the U.S. Department of Education's college scorecard, the Economist created itsShow More Summary

6 Answers To Illinois Credit Rating Questions

When Moody's Investors Service downgraded Illinois' credit rating in October, Illinois earned not only the distinction of having the lowest credit score of any state (it had had that for some time) but also became the first state toShow More Summary

Will Rideshare Apps Change Springfield's Drunk Driving Culture?

I recently met someone moving from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois who said he was given a tip about his new town. "Once you get to know locals," he was told "you'll meet more than a few people who don't drive because they have a DUI." It's true. Show More Summary

A Buoyant Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Ooh-la-la! As John Oliver mentioned in response to the recent attacks on France's capital, Paris will endure - largely due to its rich culture and passionate people. And the delightful comic operetta by Hungarian composer Franz Lehár,...Show More Summary

Who's To Blame For Busting Business In Illinois?

The following is an excerpt from an opinion written by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek: Governor Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton, Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin: It's time for some plain truth-telling. Show More Summary

As Pope Francis Visits Africa

Pope Francis begins his first visit to Africa this week. This visit is significant in many ways. First, it shows that Africa matters and is considered by Pope Francis as an important player in the shaping of a new Catholic imagination in the world church. Show More Summary

Top 25 School Districts in Illinois with Highest Projected Deficit, Surplus Spending

With fewer state dollars being appropriated for K-12 education funding, deficit spending by Illinois school districts has risen sharply in recent years. In fiscal year 2014, school districts issued $356.5 million in new debt in their operating funds, an increase of $72 million from FY 2013, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. Show More Summary

Senator Kirk Bucks Party Line and Votes to Support Clean Power Plan

The war against clean energy and effective climate action may have several fewer soldiers manning the barricades to foil the public interest. And that is good, as we consider how the opponents of the Clean Power Plan, led by SenatorShow More Summary


When I was nine, and my brother eleven, we lived in Camp Fuchinobe, an idyllic former Japanese Army Post in rural Japan. There were high mountains in the distance, and our house had a ceremonial pond in the front yard, a private forest in the back. Show More Summary

Rauner Can't Close Border To Refugees, But He's Not Powerless

On Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner joined a wave of American governors who announced their states would no longer accept Syrian refugees due to security concerns after the Paris terrorist attacks. On Wednesday, a family of five Syrian refugees...Show More Summary

Map Shows Where Meth Production is Most Prevalent in Illinois

The number of Illinois meth lab incidents are on the rise, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Meth production has plagued the Midwest more than any other region in the U.S. In 2014, nearly 60 percent of meth lab incidents reported by the DEA were in the nation's heartland. Show More Summary

I Underwent Cosmetic Surgery for My Body Dysmorphia... And I Wish I Hadn't

Body dysmorphic disorder is a mental illness in which a person obsesses over the way he or she looks. In my case, my looks were the only thing that mattered to me. I had just moved to LA to become an actor and had very few, if any, friends. Show More Summary

Rauner Responds to Republican Scrutiny Over Child Care Cuts

By Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner finally might be heeding messages from more experienced Republican legislators. And those lawmakers are listening to their constituents. In all the fuss and bluster of the House session last week, during which Democratic state Rep. Show More Summary

Which Entities in Illinois Have Received the Most in State, Local Subsidies?

Since 1985, nearly 5,000 state and local subsidies totaling more than $4.6 billion have been awarded to businesses, organizations and institutions in Illinois. That's according to Good Jobs First, a national policy resource center that promotes corporate and government accountability in economic development. Show More Summary

Listerine and Pets: Not Veterinarian Recommended

On November 11, 2015, while browsing the Chicago Tribune, a headline "Listerine Restored Luster to Dog's Once-Thinning Coat" caught my attention. Unaware of the magical power of Listerine, with curiosity, I read the article. Although this article was written in a Q&A format, the implied questioner asked no question. Show More Summary

Rauner Lacks Power to Stop Accepting Syrian Refugees

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday joined a fast-growing group of American governors issuing orders to stop new Syrian refugees from entering their states. While the governors may have sent a message of concern for the security of their respective...Show More Summary

8 Ways To Curb The Winter Blues

For some, the winter season represents celebrations, family, food and fun. For those who suffer from Seasonal Assertive Disorder, this time of year epitomizes boredom, cabin fever, anxiety and depression. According to the Mayo Clinic,...Show More Summary

Blockade of Chicago Petcoke Facility Calls for Green Jobs Instead of Toxic Fossil Fuels

Seven community members and concerned citizens are blockading entrances to the Koch Carbon Transfer Terminal (KCBX) on Chicago's Southeast side. The blockade began at 8am Monday morning. By 9am they were joined by 10th ward Chicago Alderwoman Susan Garza who sat in support with the blockaders. Show More Summary

Top 25 School Districts in Illinois with Highest, Lowest Starting Teacher Salaries

The statewide average annual salary of the nearly 130,000 full-time public school teachers in Illinois is $62,609, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. But teacher salaries vary greatly depending on a district's location, level of education, years of experience and amount of school funding -- i.e., local property tax revenue. Show More Summary

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