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After Some Contention, Illinois House Dems and GOP Agree on Something

Stop the presses! Wednesday found the Illinois House voting unanimously on a spending bill. But unanimity doesn't equate to harmony in Springfield, at least not on the House floor before all members voted to sanction spending $5.2 billion in federal money that had been in limbo because of the state budget stalemate. Show More Summary

Where Are the 50 Safest Cities in Illinois?

Safety is a huge concern when new families choose where to live. Based on some recently published data on crime rates by the FBI, ValuePenguin determined "crime scores" for all the cities listed in the data. ValuePenguin calculated the...Show More Summary

I am a Dictator: A Chicago Public Schools Teacher Responds to Rauner and Claypool

Recently, Gov. Bruce Rauner said: "The people of Chicago, the voters of Chicago, the mayor of Chicago, the school board of the Chicago Public Schools should be enabled to decide what gets collectively bargained and what doesn't so they...Show More Summary

11 Illinois Hiking Spots You Should Visit This Summer

Take your Illinois summer to the incredible hiking trails our state parks and forests have to offer. Along with some fun campgrounds and water parks, these outdoor escapes in Illinois are sure to keep you and your family out and about this summer. Show More Summary

Madigan Says the 2014 Election Was More About Pat Quinn's Failures Than Bruce Rauner's Successes

Back in May, when Gov. Bruce Rauner said he'd endure a government shutdown if the Legislature refused to pass his reform agenda, I wrote that I believed Rauner was overplaying the hand voters dealt him in the election. (That post isShow More Summary

Chicago Police Department and Mayor's Office Question Plan to Provide Lawyer Contact Information for Arrestees

Charles Jones and his two-year-old daughter, Carlee. Two little girls crowd around Charles "Slim" Jones, who at 6'4 and 230 pounds hardly comes across as a "Slim." The girls, Jones's two daughters ages 4 and 2, barely reach his kneeShow More Summary

The Boy From Oz at Stage 773

In an age of reality TV and viral videos, star-making stage turns are few and far between. When Hugh Jackman headlined in the Broadway production of The Boy From Oz in 2003, he made such a splash portraying beloved Australian performer...Show More Summary

Has Rauner Finally Found Effective Union Reform Rhetoric?

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner now has spent months trying, with little success, to convince the General Assembly and regular Illinoisans that his union reduction plans are the right way to enter a budget discussion. But Reboot Illinois'...Show More Summary

12 of Illinois' Most Politically Corrupt 21st Century Women

"Old boys network" is a term used to describe the culture that allows political corruption to thrive. According to a study from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, this shorthand term does not accurately reflect the female gender. Show More Summary

The Most Spectacular Glamping Destinations in the U.S.

No one is really sure where the term "glamping" first originated, but what's mostly incontestable is that this luxurious and lavish style of camping is growing in popularity at a seemingly exponential rate. Click Here to see the Complete...Show More Summary

Bruce 'Almighty' Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner is living up to his campaign promise as it relates to Shaking Up Springfield. However, the only people being hurt are the poor and working class of Illinois. This isn't a good sign of change in Springfield because the majority of political leaders don't agree with the governor's proposed agenda. Show More Summary

These 40 Illinois Cities Are the Worst for Commuting

The amount of time you spend on the road is dependent on where in Illinois you live and work. Your commutes could either be drawn-out and stressful, or they could be brief and relaxing after a long day at work. The average commute time...Show More Summary

Warning: These Are 5 of the Most Dangerous Jobs

Many jobs are synonymous with danger, like being a police officer, firefighter, soldier, or some other occupation that forces a person to put his or her life on the line with each new day on the job. There are many other careers, however, that do not seem obviously dangerous on the surface but are perilous nonetheless. Show More Summary

The Top 8 People and Actions to Blame for Illinois' Pension Problems

There are many, many people from both major parties at fault over many years for the Illinois pension debacle. Dave McKinney, former Chicago Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief, dives deeply into them in a special report for Crain's Chicago Business. Show More Summary

Top 10 Reasons Why Women Love Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

This year marks the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Fifty-seven percent of people on Medicare, 70 percent of adults on Medicaid and 56 percent of Social Security recipients (66 percent of those over 85) are women. Show More Summary

Rauner on Property Tax Freeze Bill: Illinois Should Not Be 'Dictatorship From Chicago'

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a property tax freeze passed by the Illinois Senate this week is more evidence of Illinois being run as a "dictatorship from Chicago" by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies in the city. TheShow More Summary

Nuclear Disarmament: If Not Now, When?

Oh plaintive cry for justice, for change, for the world we must create, welling up from a tiny island nation in the Pacific Ocean. I can only pray: Let there be an authority large enough to hear it. My first reaction, upon learning that the Republic of the Marshall Islands -- former U.S. Show More Summary

One Thing You Can Do Right Now to End Childhood Hunger In Chicago

643,000 children in Illinois are food insecure according to Bob Dolgan of Illinois No Kid Hungry. The Greater Chicago Food Depository provided 67 millions pounds of food in response to this need in Chicago last year. You have a chance...Show More Summary

As Nabisco Ships 600 Jobs out of Chicago to Mexico, Maybe It's Time to Give up Oreos

(janetandphil / Flickr) BY MARILYN KATZ I may have to give up one of my longest-standing indulgences: the dunking of an Oreo cookie in cold milk (whole is preferred). I don't do this lightly, as I have been dunking those deliciouslyShow More Summary

6 Ways This New Site Makes Following Illinois Campaign Finances Easy

There is a brand new website that lets you track and find the money used in Illinois politics and government. The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform revealed its automated, new, Illinois Sunshine campaign finance website that provides...Show More Summary

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