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On Chicago's Blues: Where Have You Gone, Harold Washington?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel remains in office months after evidence emerged that during his reelection campaign he hid from the public a videotape of a white police officer shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald sixteen times. The juxtaposition...Show More Summary

Rauner to Illinois GOP: "No Way Hillary Clinton Gets Elected"

PEORIA -- As I left the 2016 Illinois Republican Party convention Saturday, I couldn't decide if I had just witnessed the death knell of the once mighty state GOP or the earliest spark of its resurrection. After weeks of turmoil over...Show More Summary

Plenty of Action, Scant Progress at State Capitol

Inside and outside the Illinois Statehouse this week there was a constant buzz of activity, though it's hard to tell whether all the action was evidence of progress or an exciting distraction from inertia. The week saw Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the General Assembly meet on the state budget for only the second time this year. Show More Summary

Rethinking Criminal Justice

"For over forty years our criminal justice system has over-relied on punishment, policing, incarceration and detention. This has ushered in an age of mass incarceration. This era is marked by sentencing policies that lead to racially...Show More Summary

12 Key Issues to Watch as Illinois General Assembly's Spring Session Nears End

With the Illinois General Assembly's spring session nearing its traditional May 31 end, this is a good time for a check on what happened, what didn't and what still might happen on issues that made headlines this year. BUDGET File this one under both the "what didn't happen" and "what still might happen" categories. Show More Summary

A Transportation Infrastructure Plan for the 21st Century

For generations, this country's transportation infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. We dreamed big, we built bigger, and our economy flourished. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth,...Show More Summary

9 Things to Do in Chicago for Free

You don't need money to have a good time in the windy city. If you love to explore on foot and you do you research, you'll find plenty of options for experiencing Chicago without spending a single dime. Here are ten fun things to doShow More Summary

School Funding Could Be New 'Hostage' in Budget Standoff

For nearly a year, Democrats have accused Gov. Bruce Rauner of holding the state budget hostage and demanding his Turnaround Agenda as ransom. As the Illinois budget standoff of FY 2016 threatens to become the Illinois budget standoff...Show More Summary

Are You Ready to Buy a Franchise? 8 Tips to Consider

If you own a business, you might think that expanding it with a franchise means surrendering your position as the boss. For several years, I operated my own successful water and fire damage restoration company in Chicago, but I knewShow More Summary

Top 20 Best-Run Public High Schools in Illinois, Ranked by Niche

Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and its own parent/student surveys, has released its updated ranking of the nation's best-run public high schools in 2016. More than 9,500 public high schools were ranked based on the overall quality of its administration and policies. Show More Summary

Lawsuit Filed to End Citizen Initiative for Illinois Redistricting Reform

A lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court says the Independent Map Amendment redistricting reform plan is unconstitutional and should not be allowed on the November election ballot. The suit also seeks an immediate halt to...Show More Summary

Fish Oil for Dogs and Cats: Six Benefits

Fish oil is one of the most popular dietary supplements purchased by pet owners for their pets. It has many health benefits but only if it's the right formulation, produced by a reputable company, and administered at the correct dose. What...Show More Summary

How Did Your Senator Vote On The School Funding Reform Bill?

The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a major overhaul of the formula by which Illinois school funding is distributed to local school districts. For Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, who sponsored the bill, it was the culmination of three...Show More Summary

Reboot Illinois' Doubek Wins Two Lisagor Journalism Awards

Reboot Illinois Publisher Madeleine Doubek won two prestigious Peter Lisagor awards in the 39th annual journalism contest sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club. Doubek won the award for best individual blog post for her commentary about...Show More Summary

Why Inaction on Illinois Progressive Income Tax Actually is a Good Thing

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek We've now gone 11 months without a state budget. It's been one year and five months since our personal state income tax rates dropped from 5 percent to 3.75 percent after the expiration of a temporary income tax increase. Show More Summary

Top 25 Illinois School Districts That Spent the Most and Least Per Student in 2015

With the latest school funding reform effort coming to a halt, we took a look at fiscal year 2015 data to get a sense of how much is spent on Illinois students and how those figures differ among school districts. The average operating...Show More Summary

What's Going To Happen With Illinois' Income Tax?

This week's "Only in Illinois" starts with a flashback to the Jan. 2, 2014, "Only in Illinois" in which I made a prediction about the future of the Illinois income tax. At the time, the big question was whether the General Assembly and Gov. Show More Summary

May the Force Be With You... or, Maybe Not

Despite the relentless efforts from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his administration, it appears the Lucas Museum may not have its debut here in Chicago -- at least not at this present moment. Friends of the Park (FOTP) often mocked as "friends...Show More Summary

Liberating Black Women: The Fight to Save Chicago State and Fire Killer Cops

After 149 years of public education, Chicago State University escapes last month's deadline for closing -- but the university faces grave uncertainty past July 1. The state's refusal to act in a meaningful way is just an example of the...Show More Summary

75 Illinois High Schools Among Nation's Most Challenging

Seventy-five high schools in Illinois rank among the nation's most challenging, according to the Washington Post. The Washington Post's annual ranking assesses nearly 2,300 high schools across the U.S. based on a formula it calls the...Show More Summary

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