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House hears Rauner's Turnaround Agenda plan

Of the dozens of reforms contained in Gov. Bruce Rauner's Turnaround Agenda, adjusting the system for compensating workers who are injured on the job generally was considered the easiest to accomplish. But a rare, day-long hearing before...Show More Summary

Illinois Sinks Into Position As One Of Five 'Sinkhole States'

This article is a guest view by Dannie Mahoney, the media relations manager with Truth in Accounting and State Date Labs. It feels like driving around Chicago, all you see is pothole after pothole caused by winter weather. They're terrible...Show More Summary

Kent State: 45 Years Ago

It was May 4, 1970. We were high school seniors in Greater Cleveland, when Kent State exploded on a Monday, a mere 45 miles away, 45 years ago. Four students killed, nine wounded by National Guard gunfire. It's as if it were yesterday. "How...Show More Summary

Illinois needs to take the salmon out of its budget grocery cart

Illinois government is like the grocery shopper at the checkout with an overflowing cart and a nearly empty wallet. Something's gotta go back onto the shelves. Madeleine Doubek of Reboot Illinois says maybe the salmon should be the first to go. You just finished the family shopping at the grocery store. Show More Summary

The 14 Hottest New Sandwiches Around the U.S.

Just like everything else, sandwiches also get a makeover come spring. Check out 14 of the hottest new combos across the country, from an unconventional lobster roll in Denver to a vegetarian-friendly pita in Atlanta. Washington, DC: D.Q.M.W. Show More Summary

Illinois colleges with the best added values

It doesn't seem like going to college at any school would have a negative impact on a student. But some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The...Show More Summary

Chicago Chamber of Commons Points Way to Thrivability for All

Here's an intriguing idea I'd like you to join me in exploring. The idea is to create a Chicago Chamber of the Commons. The Chicago Chamber of the Commons recognizes, supports and highlights the green shoots of Chicago's budding Generative...Show More Summary

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to see legislative term limits in Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has at least one non-negotiable item on his spring legislative session wish list: passing legislative term limits. Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains: The new legislative "working groups" designed to hammer out compromises on Gov. Show More Summary

Will Chicago Become the Next Baltimore?

The city of Baltimore was going up in smoke last week due to the untimely death of Freddie Gray. Hundreds of people are taking to the streets like never before to speak up against the use of excessive force. We wish the good people of Baltimore the best of health and prosperity. Show More Summary

Merrily He Rolls Along -- Northwestern's Gifted Young Director, Aaron Simon Gross, Is Opening Doors to Sondheim Musical

When New York Times drama critic Frank Rich reviewed Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" in 1981, he famously wrote: "To be a Stephen Sondheim fan is to have one's heart broken at regular intervals... Mr. Sondheim has given this evening a half-dozen songs that are crushing and beautiful -- that soar and linger and hurt. Show More Summary

Vote a Wish

A week ago, I had the Illinois General Assembly meeting streaming in live on my computer. I wanted to follow the life of HB306, the bill that would bestow upon Illinois parents, the legal right to speak on behalf of their children when it comes to opting out of standardized tests. Show More Summary

Musical acts announced for 2015 Illinois State Fair

The Illinois State Fair is only a few months away, and organizers already are getting Illinoisans excited for some of the musical acts. If you're a fan of country or classic rock, you'll definitely want to check it out. Sammy Hagar & The Circle with Collective Soul Friday, Aug. Show More Summary

Reverse Mortgage Legislation Advances

Lillie Williams has owned her house in North Lawndale for more than 40 years, but a reverse mortgage she took out has placed her ownership in jeopardy. Jon Lowenstein/NOOR At a very basic level, those of us who do investigative journalism...Show More Summary

Bruce Rauner's "Good Friday Massacre" budget cuts reinstated

Please allow me to vent briefly on the "Good Friday Massacre" -- the $26 million in social service cuts issued April 3 by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The big news Thursday was that Illinois tax revenue is coming in $300 million to $500 million...Show More Summary

Chicago Desserts to Eat Before Beach Season Starts

Every year, we think downing green juices in May will result in shorts-ready legs by June. Denial is a hard thing to overcome. Even harder, though, is overcoming those nightly sugar binges and regular chocolate cravings. Although many...Show More Summary

5 of the Best Brunch Locations in Illinois

Chicago is the number one brunch city in the U.S., and the Chicago Tribune reports that Google Trends data shows Illinois as a whole is one of the top 10 most brunch-friendly states in the country. The history of the breakfast/lunch meal began in 1896 in Pennsylvania, says the Tribune. Show More Summary

How are Illinois elections and Mexican elections alike?

In Illinois, redistricting is handled by the very legislators who can benefit from the way the political lines are drawn. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek explains how this gerrymandering reminds her of a Mexican election she covered...Show More Summary

10 Illinois Counties with the Most Structurally Deficient Bridges

Illinoisans cross the 13 million square miles of Illinois' 26,588 bridges more than 134 million times every day. Of those 26,588 state and federal bridges, 2,216 are structurally deficient, meaning one or more key bridge components -- i.e. Show More Summary

Illinois' 800 governmental funds

As Illinois lawmakers work on creating a viable, mutually agreed upon budget for the 2016 fiscal year, Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek looked at the 800 various funds currently set up to pay for governmental work in Illinois. Doubek...Show More Summary

Pumpkin Pie Honored in Illinois House of Representatives

Illinois lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them in the next few months, especially with trying to construct and pass a balanced budget. But lawmakers took a break from trying to solve the pension crisis or working on a viable budget plan for next year to talk fall desserts in the spring. Show More Summary

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