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$9 Billion Is a Lot of Money: How Much Could You Buy With Illinois' Budget Deficit?

New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state...Show More Summary

21 Things You've Definitely Eaten If You Grew up in the Midwest

By: Andy Kryza Midwesterners do things their own way -- seriously, ask anyone from the Midwest to say "paper bag" and you'll experience vowels you didn't even know existed. And when it comes to food, the region is flooded with deliciousness that much of the rest of the country hasn't even heard of. Show More Summary

The Night Ernie Banks Died

Ernie Banks died tonight. And in the summer green fields of heaven, they are playing baseball. Later on, I'll go listen to Steve Goodman sing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." But not right now. Tonight I hear the crack of the bat and the rumbling roar of the crowd in the sunshine. Show More Summary

The Other Mr. Cub I Remember

As a kid growing up on Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, I loved baseball. But most blacks then didn't love the Chicago Cubs. There were two reasons for that. The Cubs played at Wrigley Field on Chicago's North Side, and blacks almost...Show More Summary

Sigmar Polke's "Siberian Meteorites" Installed at Park Hyatt

An arty crowd recently braved January's Siberia-like winter weather to assemble at the Park Hyatt Chicago in celebration of the installation of Sigmar Polke's 10-foot tall canvas entitled Siberian Meteorites. The 8-foot wide painting...Show More Summary

Windy City Happening: Jennifer Hudson and Turn It Up for Change (PHOTOS)

W Hotels Worldwide has joined forces with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, in the fight for nationwide LGBT equality by launching a fundraising and awareness initiative, Turn It Up For Change. Show More Summary

Reeder: Quinn's inauguration absence a disappointment

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.. Reeder writes: With the exception of the day...Show More Summary

Illinois' Top 7 Party Schools

College experiences can be as varied as the campuses that provide their settings. Still, most include a broadening world view, expanding academic horizons and a growing circle of friends. Other schools might be known for their research opportunities or environmental sustainability. Show More Summary

Blood on Their Hands: The Racist History of Modern Police Unions

Outraged by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's statements concerning the killing of Eric Garner, Patrick Lynch, the longtime leader of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (PBA), the NYPD's officers union, recentlyShow More Summary

It costs $36 to win one vote in Illinois, but only $18 to lose one

Gov. Bruce Rauner spent more than $65 million to win the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial election, according to records filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections. More than $50 million of Rauner's campaign spending came after he won...Show More Summary

7 Legendary American Dive Bars That Should Have Survived

What are the hallmarks of an authentic American dive? The flickering neon sign, the cantankerous old bartender, the backed-up bathroom or the alarmingly cheap booze? The down-and-dirty criteria for a true dive varies, but the sense of ease you feel when you enter is universal. Show More Summary

Illinois' economic situation is even more dire than expected

The state's financial trouble is worse than anyone had previously expected, says a new report from the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois. Report authors Nancy Hudspeth,Show More Summary

The Power of Policy in K-12 Education and Beyond

When it comes to revolutionary progress, administrators -- in education and beyond -- often try to circuit policy. But as the saying goes, true progress occurs when you transform a roadblock into a stepping stone. Why should innovation...Show More Summary

Illinois' State Legislators Have the Fifth-Highest Salaries in the Country

Members of the Illinois General Assembly receive the fifth-highest lawmaker salaries in the nation, says the Chicago Sun-Times. The states that paid their legislators the most in 2014, ahead of Illinois, were California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. Show More Summary

#LiberateWE: A Call to Action

Over 50 lawyers, including myself and my wife, just participated in a mass die-in at the California Supreme Court. We, and many thousands of other young people, want to make change happen. We are pro-community justice. We want to be heard and understood. Show More Summary

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Could Look to Former Gov. Pat Quinn for Some Dos and Don'ts

As Gov. Bruce Rauner marked his first few days in office by signing several executive orders, Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek reflected on how the new governor could make his term similar or different from the previous governor: I know we're well into the term of Gov. Show More Summary

Hollywood Director, Cathryn Michon, Discusses Her New Movie, "Muffin Top: A Love Story"

I learned some interesting factoids recently. Only 4% of Hollywood films are directed by women, but women buy 52% of the movie tickets. Hmmm. It seems that there are few females who crew on film sets and that only 15% of the major speaking roles in films are enacted by women. Show More Summary

Schools Should Show 'Selma'!

I was in seventh grade in Cleveland when the images of Selma, Alabama in what came to be known as Bloody Sunday, flashed across my parents' black-and-white television screen on March 7, 1965. Rev. Hosea Williams, played by Wendell Pierce in the film, and Rep. Show More Summary

Partners in Terror

"Je suis Charlie. Tout est pardonné." Muhammad in tears adorns the new cover of Charlie Hebdo: "I am Charlie. All is forgiven." This is bigger than satire. I take a deep breath, uncertain how to write about last week's insane shooting spree in Paris. Show More Summary

Industry Campaign Contributions Should Disqualify Rauner's Pick for Natural Resources Director

Governor Bruce Rauner's pick to head the Illinois Department of Natural Resources has taken at least $20,000 in campaign contributions from corporate interests he would be charged with regulating. State Representative Wayne Rosenthal...Show More Summary

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