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How Can Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Maintain His Outsider Status While on the Inside?

Illinoisans elected Gov. Bruce Rauner in large part because he offered new ideas for the state government. Voters chose an outsider who promised to fix insider culture. In the 1970s, Pat Quinn made a name for himself as an outside agitator to state politics. Show More Summary

The 21 Best Diners in America

By: Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers A quality diner is like a minor league utility player: always ready in an emergency, does a few things well, and tends to have long experience spending time in weird, little towns. Our search to find...Show More Summary

A new era in Illinois politics?

With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics? Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek writes: There was the inaugural order to freeze non-essential spending. Show More Summary

Best Hotels in the USA 2015

Selecting the perfect hotel can be difficult. Which is more important: location or amenities? Are you more concerned about getting a good night's rest or making sure the property offers plenty of perks like a pool, gym and business center?...Show More Summary

Here Are 10 of Illinois' Top 50 School Districts ranked 747 of Illinois' 863 public school districts based on schools' test scores. SchoolDigger determines a district's ranking by averaging the rank percentile of each school within a given district. Individual schools are ranked using the most recent reported test scores for Math and English. Show More Summary

Football and Ethics

Image: Ostill / Shutterstock Creative Commons The Religion News Service headline "What's God got to do with football devotion? Plenty" prods me to sight sports this week. During the 63 years that I have lived in Chicago, I have attended...Show More Summary

Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner has not shut the door on tax hikes

Gov. Bruce Rauner is buckling down to work on Illinois' financial troubles, with help from a "turnaround team"--a group of experts Rauner hopes can help steer the state back into the black. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how...Show More Summary

$9 Billion Is a Lot of Money: How Much Could You Buy With Illinois' Budget Deficit?

New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state...Show More Summary

21 Things You've Definitely Eaten If You Grew up in the Midwest

By: Andy Kryza Midwesterners do things their own way -- seriously, ask anyone from the Midwest to say "paper bag" and you'll experience vowels you didn't even know existed. And when it comes to food, the region is flooded with deliciousness that much of the rest of the country hasn't even heard of. Show More Summary

The Night Ernie Banks Died

Ernie Banks died tonight. And in the summer green fields of heaven, they are playing baseball. Later on, I'll go listen to Steve Goodman sing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." But not right now. Tonight I hear the crack of the bat and the rumbling roar of the crowd in the sunshine. Show More Summary

The Other Mr. Cub I Remember

As a kid growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, I loved baseball. But most blacks then didn't love the Chicago Cubs. There were two reasons for that. The Cubs played at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side, and blacks almost...Show More Summary

Sigmar Polke's "Siberian Meteorites" Installed at Park Hyatt

An arty crowd recently braved January's Siberia-like winter weather to assemble at the Park Hyatt Chicago in celebration of the installation of Sigmar Polke's 10-foot tall canvas entitled Siberian Meteorites. The 8-foot wide painting...Show More Summary

Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

W Hotels Worldwide has joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, in the fight for nationwide LGBT equality by launching a fundraising and awareness initiative, Turn It Up For Change. Show More Summary

Reeder: Quinn's inauguration absence a disappointment

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.. Reeder writes: With the exception of the day...Show More Summary

Illinois' Top 7 Party Schools

College experiences can be as varied as the campuses that provide their settings. Still, most include a broadening world view, expanding academic horizons and a growing circle of friends. Other schools might be known for their research opportunities or environmental sustainability. Show More Summary

Blood on Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions

Outraged by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's statements concerning the killing of Eric Garner, Patrick Lynch, the longtime leader of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA), the NYPD's officers union, recentlyShow More Summary

It costs $36 to win one vote in Illinois, but only $18 to lose one

Gov. Bruce Rauner spent more than $65 million to win the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election, according to records filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. More than $50 million of Rauner's campaign spending came after he won...Show More Summary

7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

What are the hallmarks of an authentic American dive? The flickering neon sign, the cantankerous old bartender, the backed-up bathroom or the alarmingly cheap booze? The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal. Show More Summary

Illinois' economic situation is even more dire than expected

The state's financial trouble is worse than anyone had previously expected, says a new report from the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois. Report authors Nancy Hudspeth,Show More Summary

The Power of Policy in K-12 Education and Beyond

When it comes to revolutionary progress, administrators -- in education and beyond -- often try to circuit policy. But as the saying goes, true progress occurs when you transform a roadblock into a stepping stone. Why should innovation...Show More Summary

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