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Rauner, Democrats Lay Out Plan for I-55 Expansion

A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner was on a barnstorming tour of Illinois to promote his Illinois Turnaround agenda in advance of the spring legislative and budget-making session. The was a prelude to what has become an eight-month standoff...Show More Summary

A Look at the 10 Ways Rauner Wants to Change, Improve Education in Illinois

Illinois schools have hit a big rough patch this year, what with Chicago Public Schools' huge budget gap, continuing funding disparities throughout the state and public colleges struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the state budget impasse. Show More Summary

How Reliant is Illinois on the Firearms Industry?

A new study by ranks states according to their dependence on the firearms and ammunition industry. The personal finance website said it conducted the analysis following President Barack Obama's proposed executive orders on gun control and recent changes to state gun laws. Show More Summary

10 Mind-Numbing Facts About The Illinois Budget Deficit

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Ready for an 8 percent income tax rate in Illinois? That's what all of us would have to live with, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger says, to pay off the state's bills. That's more than twice...Show More Summary

Up-and-Coming Artists Dish on Breaking Into the Entertainment Business

How do you break into the entertainment biz? Whether it is the silver screen or the rock 'n' roll stage, getting there is an incredibly hard journey and many more make the trip than those who arrive. Up-and-coming actors Maura Kidwell...Show More Summary

CPS -- A Petulant Child That Feigns Never Having Heard "No" Before

When two sides enter into a negotiation, it is expected for the two sides to go back and forth on various points and details. One side will submit a proposal and the other side will reflect on the offer and then come back to the table to discuss what they like or do not like about the proposal. Show More Summary

Chicago Public Schools Is Bleeding Out But Neither The Teachers Union Nor The Governor Will Help

The other day, I woke up to the news that 292 people were shot and 51 people murdered in Chicago in the first month of the New Year. Then later in the day, I learned that the tentative offer Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made to the Chicago...Show More Summary

Illinois's billionaires -- not the State == could be the salvation of Illinois's hungry, sick and homeless

For Illinois's impoverished and ill, and the social service agencies that have enabled them to survive, the end of Illinois's state budget stalemate won't matter much. That's because the State will still be broke. That's because there still won't be enough money in the State's coffers to pay on those agency's contracts. Show More Summary

Top 5 Biggest Problems With Illinois' Medical Marijuana Program

The Illinois medical marijuana program is about two years into its four-year pilot period, but some patients and advocates say there are still plenty of kinks to work out. From high costs to low customer turnout, here's a list of five...Show More Summary

Illinois Super PAC Donations Already Changing Landscape of 2016 Legislative Races

In 2011, with the state reeling from campaign finance abuses exposed in the Rod Blagojevich scandal, Illinois enacted its first-ever limits on campaign contributions. Boiled down to its essentials, the law limits donations to political...Show More Summary

How to Respond to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

One woman was molested at age eight. The second was 15 years old when four men blindfolded and raped her. And the third faced sexual assault twice, once as a child and the second time as an adult. Shame and fear kept all three of them silent for years before telling anyone about their experiences. Show More Summary

What You Learn About Being a Dad When You Grow Up Without One

Ten years ago, Friday the Thirteenth proved to be the most extraordinary day of my life. Two days after Christmas in 2005, I set out to answer a seemingly simple question: Who was my father? As a journalist, I wrote stories about complete strangers. Show More Summary

Rahm Forced to Make Changes in Chicago

If the Laquan McDonald video was never released to the public, then Mayor Rahm Emanuel would have never made any changes within the Chicago Police Department. Why did it take the killing of a young African American man for Rahm to do...Show More Summary

Poll: Weak Clinton Lead over Trump in Illinois Should Worry State Dems

For those Illinois Democrats who have been trusting in Hillary Clinton's skirt tails as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee to help sweep Illinois House and Senate Democratic incumbents back into office and to perhaps topple some GOP lawmakers, uh, knock it off. Show More Summary

What Wednesday's Redeye Cover Art Got Wrong About Gender Neutrality

The cover of Redeye on Wednesday featured the headline "Sign of the Times" and, according the blurb, the cover story explores "Activists Push for More Gender Neutral Bathrooms in Chicago." How exciting! I'm so glad Chicago is moving that direction and one of our free dailies is covering it. Show More Summary

10 Notable DNC Members From Illinois Announce Support for Hillary Clinton

Ten prominent Illinoisans and members of the Democratic National Committee have announced their support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They include Senate President John Cullerton, Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and former U.S. Show More Summary

Illinois Meets Paul Newman: Is What We Have Here A Failure To Communicate?

The 1967 prison drama "Cool Hand Luke" is a classic, and contains one of the all-time classic American movie lines. "What we've got here is failure to communicate," the prison's sadistic warden intones with mock regret after administering a beating to Luke (Paul Newman), newly recaptured after an escape. The line comes to mind this week as Gov. Show More Summary

There's a Reason Black Youth Call Chicago 'Chiraq' and It's Not Just Criminals Doing the Shooting

By Fredrick McKissack There's a reason why young black people call Chicago "Chiraq." It's like a war zone in some neighborhoods. And it's not just gangsters doing the shooting. A series of high profile shootings of young unarmed black men show the deadly impact of aggressive, sometimes callous and discriminatory police tactics. Show More Summary

Top 5 Quotes From Rauner's 2016 State of the State Speech

Here are 5 top selected quotes from Gov. Bruce Rauner's second State of the State speech: 5. "We have the ability to lead the nation in growth and opportunity. And yet, jobs and people are leaving our state. And we watch other states emerge from the Great Recession, while our employment and growth stagnates." 4. Show More Summary

Time to End the Illinois Hostage Stand-Off

Illinois’s former Governor Edgar had it right months ago. Edgar characterized current Governor Rauner’s refusal to negotiate a budget until he wins concessions on his ideological policy agenda as “hostage taking.” Governor Rauner’s plan...Show More Summary

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