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Time for Tribune Shareholders to Worry About Michael Ferro

Pictured: Tribune Publishing chairman Michael Ferro If nothing else, Gannett's $864 million takeover bid has exposed Tribune's farcical operations under chairman Michael Ferro. But instead of Titanic hitting the iceberg by accident,Show More Summary

American Shameless

In spite of being an avowed pacifist, I find myself (like much of America and indeed the world these days) a spectator to violence. Some of it is fictional, as in the television show, Shameless, set on the Southside of Chicago. SomeShow More Summary

The Only Way to Stop Killings in Chicago

Shootings and homicides continue to make headlines daily in Chicago. The police do their best to implement one strategy after another to help reduce gun violence, however, the strategies are coming up short as it relates to achieving real results. Show More Summary

Margaret Cho on Being a Survivor, Morality on the Internet and Some Truly Bizarre Snacks

What does Margaret Cho have to say? Well, just about everything! In this third episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, I sit down with Margaret Cho over tequila cocktails and guacamole and chips at the Sunset Marquis...Show More Summary

Doubek vs. Dietrich On Illinois House Democrats' Budget Bill

MADELEINE DOUBEK: Hey, Matt, so it looks like the brilliant, masterful House Speaker Mike Madigan has decided to throw the bipartisan working budget groups to the wind and is preparing to have his supermajority Democratic caucus vote...Show More Summary

Empathy for the Young Black Men in Chicago

Friday, May 20, 2016 a little before 4pm, a 49 year old Chicago woman was tragically shot and killed while exiting Starbucks two blocks away from Chicago Police Department Headquarters. Yvonne Nelson, a city employee with the OfficeShow More Summary

It's Time For Final Exams in Budget Deal-Making 101

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek All over Illinois, it's cramming time. Finals time. Time for tests before the break. In Springfield, too. Cramming time. Gov. Bruce Rauner reminded everyone Monday. We've got eight days left to get a deal done, he said. Show More Summary

The Tastiest Chicago Burgers of Instagram

May is national burger month which means for the last three weeks, people have been going crazy on Instagram. The month's not over but I can't wait, it's time to round-up the best burgers in Chicago thus far: 1. Grange Hall Burger Bar You can never go wrong with fried avocado, especially on a burger. Show More Summary

On Chicago's Blues: Where Have You Gone, Harold Washington?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains in office months after evidence emerged that during his reelection campaign he hid from the public a videotape of a white police officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald sixteen times. The juxtaposition...Show More Summary

Rauner to Illinois GOP: "No Way Hillary Clinton Gets Elected"

PEORIA -- As I left the 2016 Illinois Republican Party convention Saturday, I couldn't decide if I had just witnessed the death knell of the once mighty state GOP or the earliest spark of its resurrection. After weeks of turmoil over...Show More Summary

Plenty of Action, Scant Progress at State Capitol

Inside and outside the Illinois Statehouse this week there was a constant buzz of activity, though it's hard to tell whether all the action was evidence of progress or an exciting distraction from inertia. The week saw Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the General Assembly meet on the state budget for only the second time this year. Show More Summary

Rethinking Criminal Justice

"For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially...Show More Summary

12 Key Issues to Watch as Illinois General Assembly's Spring Session Nears End

With the Illinois General Assembly's spring session nearing its traditional May 31 end, this is a good time for a check on what happened, what didn't and what still might happen on issues that made headlines this year. BUDGET File this one under both the "what didn't happen" and "what still might happen" categories. Show More Summary

A Transportation Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century

For generations, this country's transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth,...Show More Summary

9 Things to Do in Chicago for Free

You don't need money to have a good time in the windy city. If you love to explore on foot and you do you research, you'll find plenty of options for experiencing Chicago without spending a single dime. Here are ten fun things to doShow More Summary

School Funding Could Be New 'Hostage' in Budget Standoff

For nearly a year, Democrats have accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage and demanding his Turnaround Agenda as ransom. As the Illinois budget standoff of FY 2016 threatens to become the Illinois budget standoff...Show More Summary

Are You Ready to Buy a Franchise? 8 Tips to Consider

If you own a business, you might think that expanding it with a franchise means surrendering your position as the boss. For several years, I operated my own successful water and fire damage restoration company in Chicago, but I knewShow More Summary

Top 20 Best-Run Public High Schools in Illinois, Ranked by Niche

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and its own parent/student surveys, has released its updated ranking of the nation's best-run public high schools in 2016. More than 9,500 public high schools were ranked based on the overall quality of its administration and policies. Show More Summary

Lawsuit Filed to End Citizen Initiative for Illinois Redistricting Reform

A lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court says the Independent Map Amendment redistricting reform plan is unconstitutional and should not be allowed on the November election ballot. The suit also seeks an immediate halt to...Show More Summary

Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: Six Benefits

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements purchased by pet owners for their pets. It has many health benefits but only if it's the right formulation, produced by a reputable company, and administered at the correct dose. What...Show More Summary

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