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Looking to the Future

"Change is the law of life. And those who only look to the past or present are certain to miss the future." (John F. Kennedy) I love washing dishes after dinner. I don't find many who share my passion, but for me, it's one of the few tasks or issues I face that can be tackled simply and quickly. Show More Summary

Right to Work - Wrong For Our Future

All of us who breathe the air, drink the water, and hope for a healthy future for our kids and grandchildren have a lot at stake in Illinois' debate over Right to Work. The right of workers to organize is not only important for individual...Show More Summary

My Q and A With Work and Family Expert Joan Williams on When Work Becomes a Masculinity Contest

Joan C. Williams is an expert on matters of work and family and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. In our conversation she shared her insights on the origins of our culture of sleep one-upmanship,Show More Summary

5 Of The Top-Rated High Schools In Illinois

Based on their abilities to teach students math and reading skills and prepare them for college, U.S News & World Report analyzed nearly 30,000 high schools in the country, awarding gold and silver medals for the best. In the 2015 rankings,...Show More Summary

Chicago Public Schools Fast Facts

The Chicago Public Schools district is the biggest school district in Illinois, and as negotiations heat up between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Board of Education over a new contract proposal that would end the seven percent...Show More Summary

Illinois Unions Might Change Their Celebratory Tune Over Pension Ruling

Though many public employee unions cheered when the Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the state's 2013 pension reform law is unconstitutional, Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network said those same unions might be singing a different...Show More Summary

State Supreme Court Tells Illinois It's on the Hook for Pension Payments

The Illinois Supreme Court's pension reform decision Friday runs 15,000 words, but its message to state government can be summed up in two: Pay up. In their unanimous ruling, the seven justices told the state that there is nothing tricky...Show More Summary

Illinois Politicians React To The Supreme Court Pension Ruling

The Illinois Supreme Court delivered their unanimous decision May 8: Illinois' pension reform law, signed by former Gov. Pat Quinn in December 2013, is unconstitutional and cannot stand. Illinois politicians and organizations began to...Show More Summary

Supreme Court tells Illinois it's on the hook for pension payments

The Illinois Supreme Court's pension reform decision Friday runs 15,000 words, but its message to state government can be summed up in two: Pay up. In their unanimous ruling, the seven justices told the state there is nothing trickyShow More Summary

The New Face of Chinese Dining in the United States

by David R. Chan, Chinese Food Columnist for the Menuism Chinese Food Blog For 160 years, Chinese food in the United States was molded by local Chinatowns and Chinese-American communities. In restaurants serving authentic food to the...Show More Summary

Party Like a Rock Star? No, Party Like a Chef! The James Beard Awards in Chicago

The waiting seemed to go on forever, but it finally happened. The James Beard Awards, celebrating its 25th year, came to Chicago on May 4, granting the Chicago culinary community the national recognition it has long deserved. With gobs...Show More Summary

Mad Men: 'A Taste of Honey' by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass?

If you're going to kill off Betty Draper Francis played by one of my Mad Men faves, January Jones, on Mother's Day, could it at least be done to the 1965 Billboard chart topper, "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass? Especially...Show More Summary

Scottish Ballet's Erotic Streetcar Named Desire Raises Temperatures in Chicago

Sophie Martin as Stella and Tama Barry as Stanley in Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire. Photograph by Andrew Ross. They almost had to hose down the audience at intermission of Scottish Ballet's A Streetcar Named Desire at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Thursday night. Show More Summary

Happy Mother's Day!

What is a Mother? A mother has soft hands and smells good; she likes new clothes, music and a clean house and above all loves the hugs and kisses of her children. She does not like to see her children sick, with muddy feet, temper tantrums, loud voices and bad report cards. Show More Summary

Illinois State Rep. Grant Wehrli: Q & A

Twenty-two new legislators joined the veteran members of the Illinois General Assembly in January 2015. Reboot Illinois is talking to the new legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, their favorite things about the state and what they want Illinoisans to know about them. Here is our conversation with Rep. Show More Summary

Civic Federation, Madigan have reservations about Rauner's budget

A $2.2 billion pension savings that's unlikely ever to happen and an overly hopeful savings on state employee insurance payments are two of the major flaws in Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposal for the 2016 state budget, says the Civic Federation,...Show More Summary

5 Interesting Things Manufactured in Illinois

Illinois is home to the manufacturing of some pretty cool stuff, including swingsets and sunglasses. Here are five products you might use every day that are made in Illinois. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese This classic childhood dinner was invented in Glenview in 1937 by James Lewis Kraft, complete with its tube-shaped noodles and powdered cheese. Show More Summary

Our Conversation on the Challenges and Possibilities of the Next 10 Years

On Monday night we celebrated The Huffington Post's 10-year anniversary with a party at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City. I spoke about our global editorial initiative on What's Working. And since HuffPost and Goldman Sachs have...Show More Summary

Riot Fest and Public-Private Partnerships

Chicago's annual Riot Fest was once a long weekend where punk bands from all over the country along with hordes of merry pranksters took over Chicago (well at least Chicago north of Lake Street and east of Rockwell). It was an opportunity to hear full sets from great bands - some of which rarely toured. Show More Summary

The 10 Best New Burgers Around the U.S.

New season, new burgers. Chefs around the county just can't stop themselves from playing around with America's favorite fast food. Whether you like out-there versions with peanut butter and jalapeƱo jelly or high-end takes with imported cheese and dry-aged meat, we've got a burger for you. Show More Summary

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