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10 Illinois Cities With the Most DUI Arrests in 2014

From almost 700 surveys conducted by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, the police departments of Illinois have revealed crucial information about the DUI rates in Illinois. State Police, Chicago Police, and law enforcementShow More Summary

9 Illinois Critters That Could Be Lurking in Your Backyard

Illinois-native animals are frequently in competition with other species attempting to take over their habitats. We call Illinois the "Prairie State" because there are hundreds of miles of mostly flat, grassy land that are home to thousands of different species of plants and animals. Show More Summary

Bruce Rauner Having a Hard Time Accepting Small Victories

The question comes up in almost every conversation I have these days: "So, you think Rauner or Madigan will win this budget fight?" My answer is consistent: House Speaker Michael Madigan won these fights for 30 years with five previous governors. Show More Summary

Chicago's State of Culinary Affairs

Something new took place at Taste of Chicago this year. In the city's on-going efforts to promote our stellar foodie community, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events put on the Food For Thought Podcasts tent, designed...Show More Summary

Are Illinois' Elected Officials Running a Government or a Political Campaign?

Capitol Fax's Rich Miller has an argument to make: If one were to look at the workings of Illinois state government last week, they might not be able to tell whether they were examining a political campaign or the negotiations of actual...Show More Summary

10 Things You Should Know About Gov. Rauner's Pension Reform Proposal

The pension reform plan proposed by Governor Rauner could impact more than just public pensions. State and local public workers in Illinois would lose collective bargaining rights for pensions, wages, work hours and tenure through this...Show More Summary

Grateful Dead 'Fare Thee Well' Report Card

John Lennon died on Dec. 8, 1980, breaking the hearts of millions of fans and laying to rest any hope of a Beatles reunion. During the ensuing years, the remaining members of the band carried on by continuing to perform individuallyShow More Summary

10 Seriously Funny Comedians From Illinois

Could your hometown also be the home of your favorite comedians? These 10 actors, singers and writers all grew up in Illinois before they led wildly successful careers in Hollywood, Broadway and beyond. In no particular order, here are the unveiled origins of these 10 Illinois comedians. Show More Summary

Maybe bad news would be good for Illinois' budget crisis

That old adage about crisis begetting opportunity loses its punch when you take the crisis out of the equation. It was only last week that Gov. Bruce Rauner was both bracing for and embracing a looming Illinois government shutdown. "Change is hard. Show More Summary

10 "Buzz"-Worthy Beers Brewed In Illinois

There are hundreds of beers brewed at more than 80 breweries in Illinois, as listed in the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. These include famous classics like Goose Island's 312 and smaller, niche brews known only to locals and true hops aficionados. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Muslim Americans: Stop Self-Segregating

My fellow Muslim Americans, I'm endlessly proud to be part of our community, but I still recognize that you, my fellow community members, and I have a huge problem when it comes to our integration and assimilation, both with each other, and with larger American society. Show More Summary

Illinois state employees don't have many options left for pay during shutdown

Cook County Circuit Judge Diane Larsen on Tuesday ruled that without a state budget, the Illinois Comptroller's Office can't issue paychecks to the vast majority of state employees. In essence, Larsen said there is no creative interpretation...Show More Summary

7 Awe-Inspiring Pieces Of Illinois Street Art

Illinois has all kinds of natural beauty to be enjoyed, from state parks to lakefront to farmland. It also has some of the most impactful and breathtaking street art around. There are so many murals, sculptures, and sidewalk drawings throughout Illinois' landscape that it's hard to pick just a select few. Show More Summary

Chicago's Summer Beauty Guide

You didn't just survive a soul-crushing winter only to be broken by a mascara-melting summer. (You know it's coming, right?) Fear not: With a few easy swaps and tricks, you can master the art of summer beauty. Here, our quick and easy guide for keeping things fresh and cool from now until next snowfall. Show More Summary

One Goal: What the Cup-Winning Blackhawks Can Teach the Champions of Working People

When the Chicago Blackhawks secured the Stanley Cup championship in mid-June--the team's third in five years--hockey fans all across Illinois rejoiced. And when the Blackhawks cavalcade made its way through the streets of downtown Chicago...Show More Summary

Beware the summer tax hikes, Illinois

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at five new or increased taxes Illinois and Chicago residents could be subjected to by the end of the summer: If you happen to live in Chicago, you could easily be facing four or five tax increases. 1. Show More Summary

A Salute to Egg Rolls and Forever Friendships

"There are other places in Chicago to get good egg rolls. You're being ridiculous!" This was my husband's comment to me as I rushed out the door to pick up my final carry-out order from my all-time favorite Chinese Restaurant, Kow Kow. Show More Summary

Illinois Is One Of The Best States To Earn A Living In The Country

Illinoisans rarely are surprised when they hear bad economic news about the state. But a new study shows that Illinois scored high in one important area related to jobs and business--the state ranked in the number five in the nation for the best place to make a living in 2015. Show More Summary

Illinois Comptroller Says Only a Court Order Can Authorize Payments During Budget Shutdown

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger want a Cook County judge to make clear what can and can't be paid by the state comptroller's office without a state budget in place. Madigan filed a motion in CookShow More Summary

D.C., Chicago in Dead Heat Over Veteran Homelessness

Two of the country's most politically savvy and competitive cities are now in a tight race to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year. In the nation's capital, a small group of advocates is shaking things up on the ground and energizing city decision makers and service providers to get to the finish line on time. Show More Summary

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