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Illinois' pension reform opens the door for some confusing politics

To those who have followed the epic Illinois pension reform battle over the past three years or so, Wednesday's arguments before the Illinois Supreme Court in a landmark pension reform lawsuit may have been disorienting. Here was Justice...Show More Summary

Get Ready to Be Amazed by The Illusionists

Upon receiving the marketing materials for The Illusionists - a new multi-city magic show now playing Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre through March 22 - I couldn't help but conjure up camptacular images of '90s David Copperfield specials and Burt Wonderstone. But, let me tell you: This show is anything but. Show More Summary

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

You have to go all the way back to ancient Athens to find an explanation for what's happening in our country today. It was the political philosopher Aristotle who first used the term "oligarchy" to refer to rule by the rich, warningShow More Summary

Cabaret Artist Joan Curto Finds the Heart and Humor in Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim ain't for sissies -- especially if you're a performer. His lyrics are smart and dense, and his music often veers into counter-intuitive rhythms and phrases. And, most importantly, his songs are character driven, andShow More Summary

America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting Fisk & Crawford coal plants. But after...Show More Summary

Poll: Voters Sour Further on Rauner

Shortly after his election, Bruce Rauner warned that "tough" decisions needed to be made to fix Illinois and that he would likely not be "Mr. Popularity" for a while. That prediction continues to be prescient. A new poll by Ogden & Fry...Show More Summary

Luxe for Less: How to Visit 5 Big Cities On a Budget

Alan Light / Flickr The biggest cities in the United States can often be the most alluring for travelers. These sprawling metropolises offer art, culture, renowned sports teams, trendy restaurants and swanky nightlife venues. Still,Show More Summary

Rep. Aaron Schock resigns on heels of ethics, spending questions

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, will resign his office March 31 as questions continue to build about his use of his campaign fund and taxpayer money. What began as an amusing story about his "Downton Abbey"-style office makeover grew...Show More Summary

Four Best Business Schools in Illinois

Illinois has dozens of universities with prestigious undergraduate programs. But what about the state's graduate programs? Which schools are best for which areas of study? U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 rankings for the best graduate school programs in the nation. Show More Summary

Remembering the Little Warrior

Reverend Willie Taplin Barrow was a powerhouse. She stood only 4'11", but she was a giant. She was a fighter, thus her title "The Little Warrior." Barrow fought injustice and spoke for equality on all fronts -- race, women, and gays. A church family raised her in Burton, Texas, where she was born and grew up. Show More Summary

10 Chicagoland Good Food Shifts to Savor

The local food movement sure is cooking in Chicagoland. While we live in one of the most plentiful food generating regions, it's estimated a paltry 6% of our produce is grown in Illinois. Soured by food that travels over 1,000 miles to plate and is questionably produced to begin with, consumers are demanding locally sourced, organic food big time. Show More Summary

Chicago' Homan Square: Torture by Any Other Name...

Guardian investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman has sparked a firestorm with a series of reports exposing a "secret" site, in the heart of Chicago's predominantly African-American west side, at which police have conducted off-the-books...Show More Summary

Pearson's Intellectual Property -- Why Is This Even a Thing?

Bob Braun, a five-decade veteran of the Newark Star Ledger and currently an independent blogger, blew up a portion of the internet on Friday by reporting that Pearson, the international education giant responsible for the PARCC examinations currently underway, was "spying" on students' social media activity. Show More Summary

What do the state of Illinois and a boiling frog have in common?

Ever heard the one about the frog and the boiling pot of water? If you throw a frog into a pot of scalding liquid, it'll jump right out to save itself. But if you place the frog in the pot and then slowly turn up the heat, the frog will...Show More Summary

America's Best Irish Bars

Defining the qualities that make up a great Irish pub is a bit like trying to map a path to that elusive pot 'o gold -- you can feel it when you're on the right track, but the signs for how you get there are never the same. Click Here to see the Complete List of America's Best Irish Bars There are, of course, some obvious touchstones. Show More Summary

All Things Irish

If you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Chicago, have an Irish Burger at Lucky Strike (topped with bangers, white cheddar and Guinness bbq sauce). In Boston, Anna's Taqueria has a corned beef and cabbage burrito. And in New York,Show More Summary

First Wives Club Musical Feels Like a First Draft

Faith Prince. Those two words served as the motivation for me to visit this pre-Broadway tryout of The First Wives Club: The Musical. I consider Prince among the very best musical comedy stars -- right up there with Carol Channing and Judy Holliday. Show More Summary

My Q and A With Cheri Mah, Who's Helping Top Athletes Elevate Their Game by Getting More Sleep

Top athletes are all about results. And as Cheri Mah has found, the world of sports is ahead of the curve when it comes to embracing one of the performance-enhancing tools that many of us overlook: sleep. Mah is a researcher at the Stanford...Show More Summary

The Battle Between Stroller Moms and the CTA

"CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) policies and practices are currently discriminatory towards strollers." Apparently, stroller discrimination is rampant here in Chicago, y'all. This is the opening line of Michelle Parker's online petition...Show More Summary

Aaron Schock's fall from grace is a new twist on an old theme

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) has seen his fair share of media scrutiny in recent weeks, all starting with a report that he had redecorated his congressional office in the image of PBS' period drama "Downton Abbey." Since then,...Show More Summary

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