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7 of the Best Cities to Live in Illinois

Illinois cities are as diverse as they are many. There are all kinds of different places to live in the state with varying municipal cultures -- all the way from small, rural towns to the third-biggest city in the country. But out of...Show More Summary

Public recordings of police officers will be legal in Illinois after all

Rumors can run rampant on social media. One recent prominent rumor borne out of this year's Illinois General Assembly veto session in Springfield would have people believe that a new law would prohibit Illinoisans from recording police officers in public. Show More Summary

Karen Lewis on #BlackLivesMatter, Politics and Getting Back in the Mix

In Karen Lewis' first full-length interview since illness forced her out of the race to replace Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, she talks about protests, politics and her little known career as as a stand-up comedian. Berkshire: Chicago, like many cities, is seeing big protests over police brutality. Show More Summary

Would the real Pat Quinn please stand up?

Please bear with me as I make a long wind-up for a simple pitch. The pitch is: I've always thought Pat Quinn was a pretty decent guy. Honest, sincere, well-meaning and not self-aggrandizing. Lately, though, Quinn has given me reason to wonder. And now the wind-up. In Illinois, the lieutenant governor, for all practical purposes, has no duties. Show More Summary

10 of the Most Dangerous Cities in Illinois

Illinois is the 20th-most dangerous state in the Union, says a new report by Law Street Media. Its violent crime rate sits at 380 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Law Street Media published its second annual rankings of America's "Safest & Most Dangerous States" for 2015 using the latest available violent crime data from the FBI. Show More Summary

Black Ties, Boleyns and News Boys: Three Shows in Four Days

The challenge was simple: Three wildly different shows in four days. My 68-year-old mother joined me and provided her input. Here's the recap: Living the History -- 125 Years of the Auditorium Theatre Chicago's historic landmark performance venue, the Auditorium Theatre, received a classy and compact 125th birthday celebration on Dec. Show More Summary

Sign of the Times: Local Governments Cross the Line With Signage Restrictions

In the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, all signs are limited in size and style. They have to be -- unless they're political. Or government owned. Or highlight real estate, birthdays, or any village-sponsored or approved event or national holiday. That's not by accident. Show More Summary

Illinois and U.S. politicians remember Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

While the identity of her successor remains a mystery, Illinois continues to remember the life and governmental career of state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Recollections came in from prominent political figures, including ChicagoShow More Summary

Dear Ella, Be Proud of Your Beautiful Name

Earlier this week, as I returned to New York after a week in India for the launch of HuffPost India, I learned that while I'd been away, a story that had run on HuffPost Parents had left one of our readers a bit upset. The post was entitled...Show More Summary

Chicago Is Holding Big Pharma Accountable for Their Role in Fueling the Rx Opioid Abuse Epidemic

At the Chicago Department of Public Health, many of the diseases we seek to fend off are as inevitable as natural disasters, but the prescription drug epidemic -- consisting largely of the abuse of narcotic prescription pain medications known as opioids -- is not. Show More Summary

Where Illinois School Districts Get Their Funding: Local, State and National Money

When Illinois lawmakers get back to work in January, they'll have a lot of decisions to make on the state budget and minimum wage laws. They'll also be faced with the question of whether or not and how to restructure school funding in Illinois. Show More Summary

Frustration with police in Chicago runs deeper than Ferguson, New York protests

As the national conversation on race and police-community relations continues, sparked by police killings in Ferguson, New York, the discussion has also come to Chicago. Protestors marched through the streets of the city on several different occasions since Nov. Show More Summary

Chicago Neighborhood Grocery Goes Global

When it comes to grocery stores, any attempt to be the arbiter of what's right and good is just folly. It's personal. But you know when you're in a tricked-out supermarket, and it's clear when a shopkeeper goes above and beyond to stock the shelves with choices to blow the customer away. Show More Summary

3 of the Biggest Snowstorms in Illinois History

Winter in Illinois is no joke. Plunging temperatures, wailing winds and driving snow are realities. But there are some snowstorms that are so severe they stick in the memory of Illinoisans longer than others. What are the most impactful...Show More Summary

Illinois to Re-Criminalize Recording the Police

In the wake of the deaths of Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice and others, many questions have been raised about police shootings, tactics and the militarization of local police departments. A major contributing factor to this newShow More Summary

Illinois remembers the life of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka died Dec. 10 at the age of 70 after suffering a stroke the day before. She had just been elected to her second term as comptroller in November and was the only woman in Illinois to ever hold two...Show More Summary

No Lovin' Feeling... for Science Fair

Hard to believe, but at one point in my life I was actually eager for my kids to participate in the Science Fair. So help me, it's true. I loved being in the Chicago Public School Science Fair when I was a kid. One year I even won my school competition and went on to compete at the district level. Show More Summary

Lessons from Ferguson, applied in Illinois

Four years after Illinois' fiasco with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's impeachment and trial, Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says the state has learned from the ordeal. Reforms have been implemented to limit conflicts of...Show More Summary

One Idea, Many Consequences

Let me begin with an introduction for readers outside of Illinois. In the last election, a political novice but a successful businessman, Bruce Rauner, was elected as the state's new governor. One former Illinois governor is in prison, another was recently released -- both for corruption. Show More Summary

Illinois municipalities could face bankruptcy issues

With Detroit having filed for bankruptcy and dozens of Illinois municipalities facing financial calamity over pension obligations they can't meet, a natural question is whether Illinois cities will follow Detroit's example. But the Better...Show More Summary

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