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Union bill veto override vote distracted from social services conversation in Illinois

The big news from Springfield this week was House Democrats' failed effort to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that would have sharply curtailed Rauner's power in union negotiations. Had the override happened, it would have represented a stinging rebuke of Rauner's agenda by his political nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Show More Summary

3 Must-Know Facts About Illinois Taxes

Because Illinois taxes can get pretty complex, the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois, Illinois Fiscal Policy Council and Tax Foundation created "Illinois Illustrated," a book that makes the state's taxes easier to understand throughShow More Summary

16 Mouthwatering Illinois Town and Village Names

Does something delicious come to mind when you hear the name of your hometown? For some Illinoisans, things like cherry pie and fish filet are the first things to relate to home. If this sounds familiar to you, then you probably live in one of these 16 mouthwatering villages and towns. Show More Summary

Chicago Is Not Broke -- Funidng the City We Deserve

The Mayor is hosting a series of 2016 budget town meetings this week. The bad news is being delivered by Budget Director Alex Holt and Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown . [Alex Holt, Carole Brown - photo by Tom Tresser] They say we are facing a 2016 operating budget deficit of $232.6 million. I'd like to suggest that this is a mirage. Show More Summary

15 Illinois state legislators who opted out of their health insurance plans

Illinois state legislators have the same entitlement to health insurance as people with most other jobs in the U.S.; this is part of their compensation for voting on and writing state laws. The difference in their health care plans, however, is that the lawmakers get to keep their plans after they leave the job (as part of their pension packages). Show More Summary

Rep. Mike Quigley: A Better Deal Could Not Have Been Negotiated

On Monday, August 31, I went to the City Club of Chicago to see a speech by Democrat Mike Quigley, who represents Illinois' Fifth Congressional District in Congress. I went for three reasons: to support a vigil outside the talk by supporters...Show More Summary

Chicago's Plant-Based Bucket List

When I tell people that Chicago offers incomparable vegan food, I often get side-eye or smile-and-nod responses. You mean the city with a hot dog under its namesake? The city whose deepest dish is cheese- and meat-riddled pizza? The muckraked, meat-packing Jungle itself? Yes, yes and absolutely. Show More Summary

These 11 Illinois Counties Have More Registered Voters Than Eligible Residents

Because of Illinois' rocky political past, people sometimes make jokes about deceased residents voting, and Chicago and Cook County are generally cited as the epicenters of such fraud. According to a report by The Public Interest Legal...Show More Summary

Illinois lottery winners won't get their money till after budget is passed

The Illinois State Lottery's motto is "Anything's Possible." Recent big winners, though, are getting a different message: "Anything's Possible As Soon As We Get a State Budget." The Chicago Tribune reports today that winners of prizes...Show More Summary

A Thank You to Urban Prep Charter Academy's Fired Teachers

As a new school year is beginning at Urban Prep Charter Academies, I have had the opportunity to reflect on my time as an educator at Urban Prep's Englewood Campus. As I reflect on some of the people that have been so formative in my...Show More Summary

Watch: Illinois House Dems have major power on union bill vote

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called a union bill passed by the General Assembly the worst piece of legislation in Illinois history and a "direct, frontal assault on the taxpayers of Illinois." He vetoed Senate Bill 1229 on July 29 and then lobbied fiercely for the Illinois Senate to let his veto stand. Show More Summary

Illinois' comptroller position gets exciting for Leslie Munger

Earlier this week I wrote that the race for Illinois comptroller might be one of the hottest contests of next year's election. I contrasted the sizzle of the election -- which will pit incumbent Leslie Geissler Munger against either state Sen. Show More Summary

After Years of Hardship, Rock Band Achieves Dream Gig

When you read about bands that struggled before becoming successful, it's always inspiring. But with Strand of Oaks, that struggle is taken to a different level. For the bandleader Tim Showalter, the obstacles were beyond anything most people or bands could endure, yet, he used those obstacles to his advantage. Show More Summary

12 Top-Ranked Colleges in Illinois, According to Forbes

In its annual list of top colleges, Forbes includes schools from all over the country. Most recently, Forbes published its list for 2015. Forbes used the following five factors in their methodology to determine which schools are theShow More Summary

Judge says state of Illinois could be held in contempt of court if comptroller doesn't pay social service providers

What happens when the state government is held in contempt of court? The Illinois News Network's Mark Fitton explains how that question even became necessary: SPRINGFIELD -- U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman is keeping an eye on how well Illinois complies with her order to meet its obligations to citizens with developmental disabilities. Show More Summary

Moving to Chicago When You Don't Know a Soul

From deep dish pizza to "Da Bears," Chicago is a town known for its killer food and die-hard sports fans. Hometown pride is front and center in this Midwestern cultural hub. Now that you've made the move to Chicago, it's time to settle in and make the Windy City feel like home. Show More Summary

These 3 Illinois neighborhoods rank among the nation's most dangerous

Some places in Illinois have earned a spot on a violent list yet again. Of the communities on this list, four can be found in Illinois. For many Americans in residential neighborhoods, violence and crime remain a concern. According to...Show More Summary

Is It Time for an Artisanal College Movement?

In recent decades, as we have come to feel increasingly distant from the sources of our food and of much else, there has grown a desire to know where our products come from, to see the hands that made them, to understand how they came to be. Show More Summary

Immense Corn Production in 5 Illinois Counties

Illinois takes pride in its corn production. This can be seen in the fact that sweet corn is even the state's official vegetable. (However, for the record, the Whole Grains Council and the Illinois Department of Agriculture label corn...Show More Summary

Salute Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter movement is gaining a lot of momentum across the United States. African American people deserve the same respect as everybody else in the world. Thousands of people throughout the United States agree that Black Lives Matter. Show More Summary

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