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Stay up to speed on Illinois' pension crisis with this three-point refresher

Illinois faces a major pension funding problem. The state's Supreme Court is set to hear a case over whether or not a proposed reform, Senate Bill 1, is constitutional. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek offers a refresher leading up to opening arguments. Show More Summary

Three of Illinois' biggest political blunders in the last 40 years

Any Illinoisan can tell you there have been a lot of political missteps in the state's history. But which ones were the biggest, and what effect did they have on the state's political landscape as a whole? But for a few twists of fate...Show More Summary

The 27 Best Bad Decision Bars in America

By: Adam Lapetina and Andy Kryza You know that bar down the street from your place that has board games and does British comedy trivia every Wednesday night? The one you took your Mom to, and she called it "quaint?" These bars wipe the floor with that bar. Show More Summary

America's Original Speakeasies (PHOTOS)

The thirst for neo-speakeasies--that is, vintage bars with atmospheres and cocktail menus to reflect the clandestine 1920s glamour of the Prohibition Era--has not abated in the years since the first, Milk & Honey, opened on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Show More Summary

Did You Know These 7 Famous Athletes Were From Illinois?

Illinoisans are almost as divided on their sports loyalties as they are on their political preferences. Whether you're from downstate and prefer to identify with St. Louis teams, or live up north and call yourself a cheesehead, no one...Show More Summary

Moody's downgrades Chicago in an financial version of the polar plunge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't do the Polar Plunge this year, but Chicago's credit rating took an icy dive. That's bad news for everyone in Illinois, not just Chicagoans. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek writes: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel...Show More Summary

The Case for Restorative Justice

On a Sunday in March 2014, an afternoon basketball game in Chicago among young teens ended abruptly as shots rang out and one of their friends fell to the ground. Luckily, the boy survived, but this incident is like too many others that occur daily in inner city America. Show More Summary

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

March madness begins soon, and I am not referring to basketball. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) standardized testing begins in Illinois. For many children with special needs, this madnessShow More Summary

House and Senate Dems, Show Up for Bibi Please!

To House Democrats, Democratic Senators, your taxpaying constituents pay your salaries for you to show up. Whatever you think of the man, you need to honor and respect his office. Benjamin Netanyahu is the head of state of Israel our...Show More Summary

Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

College admissions officers often tell high school students to work on a quality, well-rounded college application. Such an application might include records of good grades, a carefully constructed essay, letters of recommendation, lists...Show More Summary

Novara: As Chicago votes, the city's racial segregation problem must receive more attention

A renewed focus has been cast on the future of the city of Chicago with a mayoral runoff election set for April 7. One of the most important issues facing the city, says Marisa Novara of the Metropolitan Planning Council, is how to address...Show More Summary

100 Years After the Eastland: Three Deadly Illinois Disasters

Nearly 100 years after the single biggest loss of life event in the continental United States in the 20th century, video of the disaster keeps popping up. The steamship the Eastland capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, killing 844 people. Show More Summary

People Power Beat Big Money in Chicago

Rahm Emanuel, with his $30 million war chest, may have been the headline in the build-up to Chicago's municipal election, but the real story in Chicago on Tuesday happened in neighborhoods. Here are the top lessons for populist progressives...Show More Summary

What I Thought and How I Lied: Coming Out to New Friends

I had just moved back to Chicago when I decided to come out, and despite being at the center of a volcanic emotional eruption, I was determined to begin building a life for myself, determined to take a deep breath every once in a while,...Show More Summary

Academy Award Winners You Didn't Know Were From Illinois

Hollywood awarded its greatest honors Feb. 22, doling out prizes for excellence in movies at the 87th Academy Awards. It was also a big night for Illinois -- at least three of the award winners come from the Prairie State. Patricia Arquette-Best...Show More Summary

All Roads Lead to the Great Lakes: How Invasive Species Get Here & Ways You Can Help

Photo courtesy of © Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez We're wrapping up the last days of National Invasive Species Awareness Week for 2015. More than 180 invasive species have adopted the Great Lakes ecosystem as their home. Asian carp...Show More Summary

Michael Madigan's resurrected millionaire's tax faces opposition

It has been months since the idea of an Illinois millionaire's tax seemed to be off the table in the General Assembly, but House Speaker Michael Madigan has revived talks of the surtax again. Now, many Illinois teachers unions and education organizations are coming out in favor of the added three percent income tax. Show More Summary

7 Ways Chicago Ended Up with an Emanuel-Garcia Runoff

Chicagoans spoke at the ballot boxes while voting for mayor Feb. 24 -- and their choice for the next leader of the city was not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia or for any of the three other candidates. Show More Summary

New Miracle Commodity: None Other Than Bamboo

In a time of new materials, a very old one is sneaking into our lives. You may have noticed that bamboo is making an appearance everywhere. There are bamboo floors -- I hear there is one in the Holman Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Peace Behind Barbed Wire

As media ownership converges and technology "unites" us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit -- and therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic. This is the war on terror. This is the war on crime. Show More Summary

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