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Resolve to Protect the Great Lakes in 2015

An aerial view of the Great Lakes. Public domain photo via NASA. As 2014 drew to a close, the Great Lakes received a wonderful holiday present. With bipartisan support, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Great Lakes...Show More Summary

Chicago Needs Democracy

In Chicago, we live in a Tale of Two Cities. While downtown corporations see record profits, low-income neighborhoods of color see school and clinic closings, violence, home foreclosures and unemployment. With municipal elections less...Show More Summary

Michael Madigan shifts on comptroller succession

After weeks of discussion about what to do with the now-vacant Illinois comptroller's seat, House Speaker Michael Madigan has now said he supports the idea of a special election. This opinion comes after he previously stated he would...Show More Summary

Illinois budget could be heading down a road to trouble

Ever since he won the Nov. 4 election, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has been sounding warnings about the budget danger facing Illinois. In December, he said the current state budget is "booby trapped" -- it relies so heavily on accounting tricks and borrowing that it all but ensures major trouble next year. Show More Summary

Here's How Illinois Demographics Have Changed Over 50 years

Much of the growth and demographic shifts in the United States over the last five and a half decades have been echoed on a smaller scale in Illinois. But there is one important exception: Illinois' population is growing at a slower rate than the country as a whole. During the 1960 Census, the U.S. Show More Summary

Remembering Jane Raley, Advocate for the Innocent

She was the consummate professional, a criminal defense lawyer who was not afraid to cry with her clients. She could also laugh, cracking up her colleagues with salty comments about some of the bad actors in the wrongful conviction cases...Show More Summary

Free Speech on Campus

In light of recent events that have tested the commitment of colleges and universities across the nation to free and open discourse on campus, University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer appointed a faculty committee, chaired by...Show More Summary

Chef Kevin Hickey Gives Bridgeport Some Foodie Love with The Duck Inn

I have been watching the career of Chef Kevin Hickey for a while. At first I was surprised when I learned that he was leaving The Four Seasons hotel restaurant, The Allium, to start the low-key, belly-up-to-the bar joint, Bottlefork....Show More Summary

Rauner announces comptroller appointment while Quinn calls special session to discuss his own appointment

Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner has announced he will appoint former Helene Curtis/Unilever executive Leslie Munger to replace the state's late comptroller, Judy Baar Topinka. This announcement comes even as Gov. Pat Quinn is about to embark on a Jan. Show More Summary

Connecting Muslim-Americans to Health Insurance

-co-authored by Khadija Gurnah and Tasmiha Khan from AMHP When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, over 40 million Americans lacked health insurance. Although various provisions have gone a long way towards reducing that number, some populations are at a higher risk of being uninsured. Show More Summary

10 of the Most Diverse Colleges in Illinois

One of the most important parts of college -- beyond getting an academic education -- is learning about people who are different from yourself. That kind of learning can be done in a classroom, living around, and working with different...Show More Summary

2014 Was a Surprising Year for Illinois Politics

2014 was always destined to be a big year for Illinois politics, what with the big money spent on the gubernatorial race and waiting to hear what was going on with the new pension reform law. But it turned out to be way more exciting...Show More Summary

Shaw: The best way to honor Topinka is to implment her idea

Though Illinois' late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka won't serve the term she was elected to in November, her views could still make an impact on the office. Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association says that the best way to honor...Show More Summary

10 of the Top High Schools in Illinois

Illinois high school students will be heading back to class after their winter breaks very soon. According to City Described, students at 20 Illinois high schools will be making that return to a better environment than the rest of the...Show More Summary

3 challenges facing Illinois in 2015

The new year has a lot in store for Illinois, with a new governor, the process of replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the prospect of more polar vortices. And 2015 brings a new set of challenges to the state. Many, many challenges. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek outlined a few: 1. Show More Summary

5 Steps to Hire a New Bears Coach

Hire like the big companies. GUARANTEED to get ownership EXACTLY what they want most. 1. Hire a Consultant. He'll do research. Have meetings. Make suggestions. Get people to like him. Have an impressive background. But none of that will be his real job. Show More Summary

5-Year Journey: One Blog

In the U.S., we tend to believe our health is largely a result of our genes and our personal choices. But, as research shows, health is most influenced by our environment. You could say our ZIP code has more to do with our health than our genetic code. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most-Googled Terms in Illinois in 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, it can be fun to take a look back on the year and remember what we were thinking about, talking about and searching online. Google has released its list of the most-searched terms on its website for 2014, revealing...Show More Summary

Minimum wage is maximally complicated in Illinois

Confession time: By the time Election Day 2014 arrived, I was numb to arguments for and against raising the Illinois minimum wage. By then, I had seen many studies saying that raising the minimum wage would (A) increase unemployment, (B) speed up job creation or (C) not have much of an effect either way. Show More Summary

Reeder: Illinois' lame-duck sessions are lame

In its January 2011 lame duck session, the Illinois General Assembly approved an income tax increase on a party-line vote. Some of the Democrats who voted for the increase later received state jobs. Gov. Pat Quinn has called for a special session Jan. Show More Summary

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