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12 Unsolved Murders in Illinois since 1974

While it is the job of police in Illinois to solve crimes committed in the state, not every crime ends with an explanation and a conviction. The Illinois State Police has a list of 24 unsolved murders since September 1974, in hopes that...Show More Summary

Chef Homaro Cantu: Creative Genius and Giver of Gifts

Chef Homaro (Omar) Cantu said yes to everything. He was a believer in possibilities, in people, in change. An inventor, a creative genius and a leader in molecular gastronomy, as well as a Michelin-starred chef, Cantu believed that one...Show More Summary

Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget cuts and corporate tax breaks are confusing to some.

"For all these agencies to get a letter on April 3, Good Friday and Passover, it was a real kick in the gut." Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge "This experience right now is like watching an arsonist criticize the fireman for the manner in which he put out the arsonist's fire." Sen. Show More Summary

Egypt: There Is No Time Like the Present

This past October, amidst fear-based cries from all sides as to why I shouldn't, I left for Egypt for 10 days with one of my favorite travel partners. The itinerary was just what you would expect: Cairo and the Pyramids, a trip down the Nile, Luxor and its environs; a trip of one fabulous, mind-boggling ruin after another. Show More Summary

Six of the Best Illinois Bars Outside of Chicago

While Chicago might have the most famous bars of any other town in Illinois, other cities around the state have their fair share of watering holes, neighborhood joints and dive spots. Here are six great Illinois bars outside of Chicago,...Show More Summary

A Transcendent Carousel at Lyric Opera

Unlike Guys and Dolls or The Music Man, Carousel isn't a show that can simply rest on the strengths of its material. While a good number of classic musicals can lean on their score and inner charms to suffice for a pleasurable evening,...Show More Summary

Meet Illinois' New State Comptroller, Leslie Munger

Illinois' new Comptroller, Leslie Munger, came to occupy her office in a very different way than the other constitutional officers in the state. Munger, a longtime executive at Helene Curtis, ran unsuccessfully in November 2014 for the 59th District Illinois House seat against incumbent Democratic State Rep. Show More Summary

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

There are 20 members of the U.S. Congress who represent Illinois or districts within Illinois. In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily...Show More Summary

The Shot Seen Around the World

Growing up unapologetically black in Chicago, I would always be amazed at the reaction of my white friends when I would recount my experiences with law enforcement, and my friends would always invariably respond with, "C'mon, Liv, you...Show More Summary

Takeaways From Rahm Emanuel's Win

Rahm Emanuel posted a double-digit win on Tuesday, beating Chuy Garcia by 12 points (56 percent Emanuel / 44 percent Garcia). Ultimately, after much ado about Emanuel being on the outs in February, the mayor held a lead throughout the entire runoff and closed out Garcia in a convincing manner. Show More Summary

When the Punishment No Longer Fits the Crime: Cook County and Illinois Seeking Solutions to Broken Criminal-justice System

Bad guys aren't the only ones who go to jail. One in 99 adults are living behind bars in the U.S. This marks the highest rate of imprisonment in American history, according to the Pew Center on States. Prison overcrowding is an issue...Show More Summary

'Some Folks Look for Answers' -- How the Grateful Dead Came to Announce Two Additional 'Fare Thee Well' Shows

When promoter Peter Shapiro became aware of the article I wrote last month, "Ladies and Gentlemen, Not the Grateful Dead," taking him to task for the way ticket sales were handled for the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" shows, scheduled for July 3-5 at Chicago's Soldier Field, he had two choices: 1. Show More Summary

Being a Black Male in America: Racism and the Police

Watching the dastardly shooting of Walter Scott by Officer Slager sent cold chills down my spine. It could have been me! I am filled with a deep sense of anger and outrage at what has become a pattern of white police officers hunting down black men and killing them in cold blood as if to say that their lives are expendable and disposable. Show More Summary

Illinois Is Among the 10 States Whose Residents Use Mood-Altering Drugs the Least

Illinoisans are among the least likely Americans to use mood-altering drugs, says a new Gallup survey. The state ranks in the top 10 of states whose residents use "drugs or medications, including prescription drugs, which affect [their]...Show More Summary

10 of the Highest-Paid School Superintendents in Illinois

Illinois school districts who want to provide their students with the best possible educations are also going to need to have the best possible people running their systems. And to hire the best talent, they'll have to offer the best salaries. Here are 10 of the top-paid Illinois school district superintendents. 25. Show More Summary

Fuel Needed to Ignite Entrepreneurial Spirit

Chicago's African American community is unrivaled in its burning entrepreneurial spirit. It began with Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, the city's founder and first recorded resident, and has continued with business icons including John H. Show More Summary

A tale of two taxes in Illinois: Sin taxes and gas taxes

A Paul Simon Public Policy Institute survey last month found that 53 percent of respondents thought expanding gambling would be a good way to raise money and help close the state's $6.2 billion budget gap. The response shouldn't be surprising. Show More Summary

Chicago mayor's race: Transcripts from Emanuel's and Garcia's speeches

After it became clear that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had enough votes to declare victory over challenger Cook County Board Commissioner in the city's runoff election April 7, both candidates took to the podium to address their supporters...Show More Summary

The Chicago That We Want

Back to work, Mayor Emanuel. The campaign is over and you have been re-elected. With a second term in office assured, you have another four years to lead and govern Chicago. Voters decided that you're the leader than we want. Now weShow More Summary

#BlackLivesMatter -- A Challenge to the Medical and Public Health Communities

By Mary T. Bassett, M.D., M.P.H. Two weeks after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the police officer involved in the death of a black man, Eric Garner, I delivered a lecture on the potential for partnership between academia and health departments to advance health equity. Show More Summary

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