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Fifty Shades of Grey and the Sexual (Mis)Education of Boys

Fifty Shades of Grey is now in theaters, so I'm bracing myself for the conversation(s) I'm about to have with my 13-year-old son. As someone who works in the fields of gender violence prevention and critical media literacy, I'm invested in these discussions on a professional level. Show More Summary

Time for Chicago Bears to Commit to a New Quarterback

Giving Bears quarterback Jay Cutler chances in Chicago is like Sylvester Stallone making Rocky movies. They're never ending, and no matter how bad the previous performance, the next one is just around the corner. On Wednesday new Bears...Show More Summary

Joffrey Shows Range With 'Unique Voices' Program

The Joffrey Ballet in Tulle (photo by Cheryl Mann) The Joffrey Ballet displayed determination, range and energy as they tackled three disparate pieces on Wednesday night at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre. Unique Voices offers the workShow More Summary

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner suggests wide-spread spending cuts in budget address

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2 billion budget...Show More Summary

A Lesson From Black History: 'Have Faith and Stay Positive'

If you grew up in Chicago in the 1960s and early 1970s, like I did, you knew who Addie Wyatt was. And if you saw her walking serenely down the street, you never would have pegged her as a meatpacker. But that's exactly how she began her career: as a meatpacker in an Armour and Co. Show More Summary

The High Stakes of Life and Death

Over the past two years my opinion of high stakes testing has evolved. When I was a teacher I had no problem preparing my students for the ISAT, the Illinois standardized test, without giving up guided reading and writer's workshop.Show More Summary

Three Companies That Have Moved Out of Illinois

A lot of Illinoisans, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, have come out in favor of beefing up Illinois' business climate in order to in turn improve the finances of the state and of individual Illinoisans. He and others say that companiesShow More Summary

Would Someone on This Train Please Tell Me I'm Hot?

It takes very little to improve my mood during the dark, uneventful days of winter. Being recognized on social media always does the trick. I get positively giddy when someone "likes" my column on Facebook; a new LinkedIn request puts...Show More Summary

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a Bite of Your Favorite Warren Beatty Flicks

Snowbound in the Big Apple? Try a bite of your favorite Warren Beatty flicks. Get out your DVD collection or surf Netflix. Here are mine. Agree or disagree. What are yours? Reds (1981). An epic three-hour drama with intermissions. Music by Stephen Sondheim. Show More Summary

A Wake-Up Call for American Millennials: What Chapel Hill Should Teach Us About Citizenship

And I want them to see what the true essence of Deah, Yusor and Razan was. And it was optimism, it was hope, it was love, it was wanting to help anyone and everyone in their local communities and communities abroad...They all had soShow More Summary

A City of Tribes

As much as I typically disagree with the Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass, his description of Chicago as a "City of Tribes" is apt. I grew up in a small town, Woodstock, Ill., that was mostly homogenous and people had differences,...Show More Summary

Love Letters: Chicago

Born and raised in Chicago's northwest suburbs, Chef Edward Kim moved to New York to attend New York University, where he earned a B.A. in political science with the intention of becoming an attorney. Instead, he enrolled in Pasadena's Le Cordon Bleu, where he rekindled his passion for food and cooking, and graduated with a culinary degree. Show More Summary

9 Ways Random Acts of Kindness Can Heal a Lonely Heart

When I think about the Monday nights in the summer of 2014, my insides soar. Each Monday was spent doing a different random act of kindness around New York City. On two of the evenings, a group from my church and I gave out free balloons to about a hundred people we encountered. Show More Summary

Petcoke Pushback: Chicago Denies Enclosure Delay Request

Good on the City of Chicago. They are sticking to their guns on the petcoke issue as witnessed by the decision to deny a request from the petcoke pilers at KCBX to delay covering their mounds of petroleum waste on the Southeast Side. The...Show More Summary

Watch: How will Rauner's union plans in Illinois impact national law?

This week Gov. Bruce Rauner turned his anti-public-union rhetoric into action. In an executive order, Rauner called for a halt to withholding of "fair share" fees from the paychecks of non-union state employees who work under union-negotiated contracts. Show More Summary

Investing in Our Chicago: One Community at a Time

Treasurer Summers Concludes 77 in 77 Listening Tour Over the course of the last 77 days I had the opportunity to meet with and listen to more than a thousand residents, business owners and community organizations about the specific needs...Show More Summary

Lessons From A President's Day Accident

Alice Lowenstein in the years before her car accident. My parents almost died in a car accident on President's Day 1986. Driving back to Boston on a snowy New Hampshire road, the car my father was driving swerved into oncoming traffic...Show More Summary

10 Secrets The Airlines Don't Want You To Know

By: Nadia Imafidon Once you've experienced a $200 price spike in the middle of your ticket search, your fourth 45-minute flight delay of the day, or your bag going MIA in Miami, you can't help but think: what are these airlines hiding from me? It turns out, A LOT. Show More Summary

42 Illinois Counties Made the Poverty Watch List by the Social Impact Research Center

Illinois' poverty rate is the highest it's been in about 55 years, says a new study by the Social Impact Research Center. It's been on a steady rise for the last fifteen years, with 14.7 percent of Illinoisans now living at or below the poverty line as defined the U.S. Show More Summary

To the Jackie Robinson Boys of Summer: Thanks for the Memories!

With the stripping of the American little league World Series title from Jackie Robinson West, one of the happiest sports and human interest stories of the past year became one of the saddest. In one fell swoop, the seeds of joy that...Show More Summary

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