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Hillary Clinton Is Taking Democrats Backward on Climate Change

When Barack Obama announced his Presidential campaign in Springfield, Illinois he spoke of climate change. Let's be the generation that finally frees America from the tyranny of oil. We can harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol and spur the production of more fuel-efficient cars. Show More Summary

5 reasons Illinoisans are paying for the Madigan/Rauner budget fight

Illinois lawmakers only have until midnight May 31 to approve a state budget and spending plan that is balanced and funds all of the programs the state needs to run efficiently. The House and Senate Democratic majorities very likelyShow More Summary

Chicago's Most Scenic Bike Trails

Spin class is great for clearing your conscience. (Adios, salted-caramel cupcakes.) But could it be any darker or louder? This weekend, break out your real bike--the one that moves--and log some miles on these leafy, scenic trails that'll get you outdoors, off the city streets and back into pedaling your own way. Lakefront Trail (South). Show More Summary

The 12 Best Burgers in America

By Abbey Chase From In-N-Out and White Castle to menus from Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud, no food spans the gap between high-end and budget dining like the classic American burger. Yet while there are many great burgers...Show More Summary

SAIC's Fashion 2015: The Walk (PHOTOS)

As the school year came to a close, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) celebrated the 81st edition of its annual runway show, Fashion 2015, culminating in THE WALK, SAIC's annual benefit supporting the production of student work and scholarships. Show More Summary

The Creative Surprise of Acanto's Chef Gawronski

Humble, unassuming, low-key: these are all words that would describe Chef Chris Gawronski of Acanto. Flying gently under the radar of Chicago's culinary media frenzy, Chef Gawronski is more action than talk, more talent than flash. To...Show More Summary

Rauner says legislators are either with him or against reform

On Tuesday, House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic majority passed a bundle of budget bills that propose spending at least $3 billion more than the state will take in during the budget year that starts July 1. On Wednesday, as the Illinois Senate prepared to take up those bills, Gov. Show More Summary

New Study: Illinois Is No Good for Military Retirees

Based on measures of economics, health care and quality of life, a new WalletHub study says that Illinois is one of the worst states in the country for military retirees to live. Because military retirement is much more complex thanShow More Summary

The NFL Should Take a Lesson From Ray McDonald's Release

Photo credit: Wikimedia Kudos go out to the Chicago Bears, in wake of the recent news regarding the Ray McDonald situation. Maybe the NFL will get the idea. Domestic violence is on the rise in the NFL, whether or not they want to admit it. Show More Summary

Reverse Mortgage Bill Stalling in House

A bill that might protect homeowners like Lillie Williams from reverse mortgage scams has stalled in the Illinois House of Representatives. Jon Lowenstein/NOOR After racing through the Senate, a bill that would provide protections to...Show More Summary

Whites Like Me

This essay is written to support my friend and colleague, Chala Holland. It is in direct response to THIS letter published in the Daily North Shore news outlet. Chala is being considered for the principal position of the Lake Forest High School, and her views on race and racism are being closely scrutinized. First, I'll begin with where I began. Show More Summary

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

This week, the membership of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, voted to oust an incumbent president -- virtually unprecedented in the history of the organization. The ouster was the result of an organized revolt by actors in Los Angeles, who have been fighting Equity's efforts to gut LA's vibrant intimate theater scene. Show More Summary

Never Never Land

The best thing about Tomorrowland is, for those of a certain age, being reminded of the innocent purity of the original Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Monorails and rockets, workers in futuristic clothing, America looking into the future, and not seeing dystopia. Show More Summary

Gov. Bruce Rauner: We must change now

With the state facing a pension crisis, a difficult-to-balance budget and a divided government, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner tried to offer some reassurance to his constituents: "I know what I was sent here to do." The governor writes: I'm the new guy in Springfield. Show More Summary

5 Of The Oldest Prisoners In Illinois

While many people might think of criminals as young people, some of the about 48,000 prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections system are much older than most of Illinois' non-incarcerated residents. Here are five of the oldest prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections: 10. Show More Summary

Chiraq: Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

File this under: People be cray. You should never, ever, never, let your three-year-old go to the park all by herself. Unless she's your third child. Then it's okay. Every kid is different. When you have your first baby you're afraid. Show More Summary

Poll: Duckworth Zaps Zopp in U.S. Senate Democratic Primary

"We're running a poll to test what I'm hearing from people, and if that poll comes out positive, then I have every strong expectation that I am going to get into the race," Chicago Urban League CEO Andrea Zopp told National Journal in an interview on Friday, May 1, regarding a potential primary fight with U.S. Show More Summary

Spike Lee's CHIRAQ

From Friday, May 15 until Monday morning May 18, one man was killed and 49 people were wounded in Chicago, including an 81-year-old grandmother shot four times in a drive-by. Spike Lee is working on a movie reflecting this violence.Show More Summary

Three things to remember about Illinois property taxes

One of the main components of Gov. Bruce Rauner's "Illinois Turnaround" plan is an Illinois property tax freeze. On May 17, Democrats in the Illinois House approved a property tax freeze bill that Republicans protested as a stunt. And...Show More Summary

5 Of The Most Diverse Cities In Illinois

Diversity in communities can be defined by age, income level, occupation, education level, religion language and other factors in addition to race. WalletHub looked at the 230 most populous cities in the United States to determine which...Show More Summary

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