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The TIF Illumination Project at Two Years

On February 12 of 2013, the night of the State of the Union, a town meeting was held at the Chopin Theater in Chicago's Near West Side. The subject was tax increment financing. Despite the complexity of the topic and the competitionShow More Summary

How a New Illinois Law Could Protect 12 Million From Identity Theft

By Tess Frame, Contributor It’s no surprise that Illinois consumers expressed identity theft as their No. 2 complaint, right behind debt, according to the state attorney general's office. Last year was marked by a string of cyberattacks against many large companies, including Target, Michael’s, LivingSocial, eBay, P.F. Show More Summary

15 of Illinois' School Districts in the Worst Financial Shape

Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board...Show More Summary

The History of March Madness in Illinois

Fun fact: The first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament was held in Evanston in 1939? Did you know that despite hosting the first tournament, Northwestern University has yet to make an appearance? Or that only one Illinois...Show More Summary

Stop Bullying Kids Over Testing Issues

The first round of the controversial Partnership for Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing is almost over in Illinois. Hopefully, by the time round two takes place in May, all of the grown-ups in the room will figure outShow More Summary

Meth Production in Illinois Sees Decrease After Four-Year Increase

Had the fictional TV show "Breaking Bad" been set in Illinois or another state in the Midwest, Walter White, aka Heisenberg, would have felt right at home. No other region in the U.S. is more awash with clandestine methamphetamine labs...Show More Summary

Illinois governor's budget plan just the ticket or a huge problem?

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget plan for the 2016 fiscal year includes heavy cuts and has garnered both criticism and praise. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been unsparing in his criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner's...Show More Summary

Scandal-Plagued Former Rep. Anthony Weiner Offers Thoughts on Rep. Aaron Schock

One person who might understand the position in which U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has found himself (resigning after weeks of media scrutiny over questionable spending) is former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner also resigned...Show More Summary

How Chicago Edtech Companies Are Rising to the Head of the Class

You could put it on the blackboard! Yes, Chicago is an epicenter for educational innovation. Earlier this month, two Chicago-based education technology companies - ThinkCERCA (who we told you about last year) and Classkick - raised institutional venture capital rounds. Show More Summary

Public Education and the Ability to Do Math in Chicago

On a sunny Chicago morning, I'm engaged in an education debate with an economist friend in NY: Can our children thrive in our cities' public schools? We even get into their math problems: Daniela has a dollar. Her mother wants 3 apples from the store. Show More Summary

Schock is scrutinized around the country, but especially in home district

Had some other downstate Republican congressman resigned suddenly amid allegations of padding his mileage reimbursement, as did Aaron Schock of Peoria six days ago, the world outside his district might scarcely have noticed. But Schock was not just another face among the 18-member Illinois congressional delegation. Show More Summary

A Civic Plan to Mobilize Community

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is celebrating its 30th birthday by leading a city-wide effort to identify the most pressing issues facing women and girls in Chicago and, more importantly, by developing a broad plan with specific strategies that will help women and girls overcome the barriers created by the identified issues. Show More Summary

Rauner's Essentials

Illinois has a new Governor. It's the first Republican in some time, and Gov. Rauner didn't wait long to remind us what that meant. He slashed the budget and froze spending on anything deemed "non-essential". So what is "essential"? Ask any ordinary citizen and that would mean food, water, clothing, and shelter. Show More Summary

Rahm Emanuel is the Progressive, Pro-Business Choice for Mayor

Much has been made these past few years of the divide between progressive constituencies and businesses across the country. As a progressive and strong supporter of President Obama who also helped build one of the top privately heldShow More Summary

Dear Mayor Rahm

Did my plan work? When your driver came back out on the street, opened the door to your black SUV and handed you a cup of what really is Chicago's best coffee, from our neighborhood place, did he also give you a copy of my book? And if he did, did the title spark enough interest for you to read the story that featured you? It's a quick read. Show More Summary

Animal Medical Center of Chicago's Pet Food Drive

In today's technologically advanced society, it is shocking to discover that hunger still exists in America. According to U.S. Census Bureau, 23 percent of people in Chicago live at or below the poverty level in 2013. (1) These impoverished people have extreme difficulties paying for utilities, food, rent and clothing. Show More Summary

Behind the Mask: My Life as a Transvestite

Elio Leturia as Lolita, Marcopolo Soto as the fan and Oliver Aldape as María in Orquídeas a la Luz de la Luna (Orchids in the Moonlight), directed by Sándor Menéndez and produced by Aguijón Theater during its 25th-anniversary season. It begins on Friday mornings. Show More Summary

5 Reasons You Should Quit Your Job to Travel Now

There are a million great reasons to quit your job to travel the world, but here are five things that matter right now. There's never been a better time to get out and experience the world. #1 The US Dollar-Euro Exchange Rate is at a...Show More Summary

Black Leadership for Sale in Chicago

The African American vote plays a crucial role in electoral politics, especially in a big city like Chicago. Many candidates have to gain approval from the African American community in order to secure the mayor's office. You have several prominent ministers and community leaders endorsing one candidate over the other. Show More Summary

10 Illinois Counties With the Lowest Rates of Income Inequality

High income inequality occurs when people who make a lot of money and people who make not very much money live in close proximity to each other. Based on stagnating wages for the poor and middle class and increasing wages for the very rich, income inequality in the U.S. Show More Summary

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