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Illinois Among Top 5 Best States for Animal Protection Laws

Illinois is the very top of the nation when it comes to animal protection laws. Surprised? Maybe you shouldn't be -- the state's ranked No. 1 for the past eight years. The top ranking is based on data from the Animal Legal Defense Fund's year-end report for 2015. Show More Summary

Here's Everything You Need Today For Rauner's State of the State Address

Gov. Bruce Rauner today delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last year, the newly-inaugurated governor said correcting Illinois government's fiscal troubles...Show More Summary

Rauner, AFSCME Impasse Could Benefit The Governor

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Gov. Bruce Rauner's request that that state's labor relations board declare an impasse between his administration and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 31 didn't get too much attention when it was announced, but it certainly will be one to watch. Show More Summary

Infographic: The State of the State of Illinois in 2016

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday delivers his second State of the State Address in the Illinois House chamber at the Capitol. In his first address last year, the newly-inaugurated governor said correcting Illinois government's fiscal troubles...Show More Summary

A Warm Reception for Cold Storage

GT Fish and Oyster has always been my favorite restaurant in Chicago. The atmosphere is casual, yet refined, you can always sit at the bar if you can't snag a reservation, and the menu boasts a killer New England clam chowder. Then I went to Cold Storage. Now let's not get ahead of ourselves. Show More Summary

Why We Need Roe v. Wade Now More Than Ever

Today, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade turns forty-three years old. For forty-three years, the Supreme Court has upheld their decision that a woman's constitutional right to privacy also protects her right to make personal health care decisions about abortion. Show More Summary

HomeSnacks' Top 25 Safest and Least Safe Cities in Illinois

Using the FBI's most recent Uniform Crime Report statistics, the website Homesnacks ranked the safest cities in Illinois by looking at the number of reported violent crimes and property crimes per capita in towns with more than 5,000...Show More Summary

Mike Frerichs Talks Star Wars, Hillary, His Height and More with Reboot Illinois

In our Jan. 15 "Only in Illinois" video, we talked with Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs about his first year in office and the challenges he has faced as the state's top investment officer during a time of extreme instability in state...Show More Summary

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

There was blood in the water at Edison Regional Gifted Center on November 9, 2015. The Local School Council was holding a special (and sparsely-attended) meeting to discuss its upcoming evaluation of the school's principal, and I was one of the few non-LSC members to show up for the festivities. Show More Summary

Surrogate Mom Saves 6-Orphaned Puppies

Sometimes in our darkest moments a light suddenly appears. On a very hectic Saturday morning at Animal Medical Center of Chicago, a recently rescued pregnant pit bull came to see me with a 24- hour history of labored breathing and restless behavior. Show More Summary

Greatest Hits: 10 Notable Episodes From The First 10 Years Of Dynasty Podcasts

Back in summer of 2005, I launched Dynasty Podcasts as Chicago's first ever and longest-running music podcast. Over the last ten years, I've been fortunate enough to conduct interviews with some genuinely remarkable artists and industry figures from the Chicago music community. Show More Summary

Year in Review: An Analysis of Rauner's Top 5 Statements From the 2015 State of the State Address

On Jan. 12, 2015, Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered an inaugural address that was a call to action for shared sacrifice to right the state's finances and, in turn, its economy. "Each person here today and all those throughout the state will...Show More Summary

Commission Proposes 14 Recommendations for Illinois Prison Reform

A commission created last year by way of executive order by Gov. Bruce Rauner released its first set of recommendations that aim to reduce the prison population in the Illinois Department of Corrections by 25 percent over the next decade. Show More Summary

Dr. Martin Luther King in Winnetka

I was eight years old. Dr. King still had about three more years of work to do before he'd be shot on the balcony of a motel in Memphis. Gun shots that would set angry fires blazing and police sirens wailing pain in almost every big city in America and then land him squarely in the history books forever and a day. He would be speaking in our village. Show More Summary

Opinion: Illinois Never Has Been In Such Bad Shape

Opinion What's gone on with Illinois state government in Springfield for the last year certainly qualifies as a reboot, but not the kind we envisioned when this website debuted in November 2012. Never in our institutional memory, which...Show More Summary

5 Troubling Takeaways from CPS Watchdog Report

Chicago Public Schools' ethics watchdog recently released its annual report on investigations within CPS, focusing on issues like families lying to get their children into selective-enrollment schools, the Barbara Byrd-Bennett scandal...Show More Summary

Gay Rights May Permanently Break the Anglican Communion

As the leaders of the global Anglican Communion converge in Canterbury this week for a week-long meeting, the number one concern for 80 million Anglicans worldwide is whether the church will have a major schism over same-sex unions.Show More Summary

The Unfortunate Effects of Illinois' Budget Crisis

By law, an Illinois budget for fiscal year 2016 should have been passed no later than July 1, 2015. Thousands of Illinoisans and organizations have been terribly affected by the Illinois budget crisis, and that number continues to grow every day. Show More Summary

Why Illinois' Teacher Shortage Is No Mystery

When my oldest son began attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2010, I told my newspaper coworkers that I would stage a standoff with the Illinois National Guard at the entrance to Gregory Hall -- home of the school's journalism department -- should he attempt to major in journalism. Show More Summary

Is the Jobs Crisis Over?

If it were, you wouldn't know it. Not if you sat in on a snowy evening for one of our Career Counseling Sessions at the Sulzer Regional Library in Chicago. Listen first to Mary. (Names and identifying details changed to protect privacy.) She tells me she speaks seven languages and then asks me to guess what they are. Show More Summary

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