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Antidote to Fear: Identify, Isolate and Inform

America's registered nurses are on the frontlines of health care delivery in this country. They are often the first to identify signs of a disease outbreak, whether that is H1N1 flu in 2009 as it swept through schools, measles, or the current Enterovirus D68 circulating around the country. Show More Summary

It Doesn't Pay to Be a Fossil-Fuel Democrat on Election Day

This was a difficult election for Democrats and it was even worse for Democrats still pushing fossil fuels. The Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus lost his seat along with a slew of others who tried to prove they're as pro-coal, pro-oil, and pro-fracking as any Republican. There are plenty of examples like Grimes in Kentucky. Show More Summary

The Illinois treasurer's race could become the closest in state history

More than a week after the election, the Illinois state treasurer's race between Republican state Rep. Tom Cross and Democratic state Sen. Michael Frerichs remains too close to call and is poised to become possibly the closest race in Illinois history. Show More Summary

8 Fantastic Fancy Hot Dogs

Tasting Table | Meaghan Agnew We're calling it: Hot dogs are the new hamburger. The ballpark staple has graduated to the big leagues, appearing on the menus of venerated restaurants around the country. Here's a roundup of some of the country's most intriguing haute dogs, with a bonus nod to an A-1 effort overseas. Show More Summary

Does one Illinois village hold the answer to all our pension problems?

Illinois pensions are in trouble. Everyone can agree on that. But not everyone can agree on how to fix it. The state has been behind on its own pension payments many times, but is now planning on garnishing sales tax revenue if certain cities do not get their pension funds up to date. Show More Summary

Giving Thanks

On November 15, thousands of people across the globe will celebrate National Philanthropy Day (NPD) by putting their "love of mankind" into action through deed and giving. In communities everywhere, this day is set aside to officially recognize the importance of philanthropy to both the recipient and the giver. Show More Summary

All Illinois Democrats Have to Do for Re-Election Is Govern Like Democrats

There's a simple lesson for Illinois Democrats from last Tuesday's election. If you want to get re-elected as a Democrat in Illinois all you have to do is govern like a liberal Democrat. It's not complicated. Illinois is a Democratic state. Show More Summary

10 Things an Out-of-State Student From Chicago Experiences

Read the original story on The Odyssey. Being from out-of-state can be rough, especially if you're from one of the best cities in the world. Don't get me wrong, I love college, but I also love my hometown. I think the best thing about being an out-of-state student is recognizing the differences between your new location and your old. Show More Summary

For Democrats in 2016: The Backbench May Be the Answer

You've heard the arguments: If Democrats want to turn their 2014 losses into 2016 wins, they need to get their base voting next time, they need to stay on message, they need to support their president, etc. The list is endless. After all, as the pundits say, it was the Democrats' loss, not a Republican win. Show More Summary

Illinoisans Are Among the Swear-iest Americans

Illinois has its fair share of problems: mounting pension debt, a backlog of unpaid bills and unanswered questions about the future of the state's minimum wage and income tax. Illinoisans also have a unique way of expressing their frustration...Show More Summary

Media-Driven Stigma Continues With New HIV Criminalization Case

Despite the immense progress made in the battle to destigmatize HIV and end HIV criminalization laws, the mainstream media is failing to catch up and join the fight. In some cases, the media's coverage of HIV criminalization becomesShow More Summary

Veterans Day: Honor Those Who Keep Home-Fires Burning, Too

As we observe the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War this Veterans Day, a popular song from that era, "Keep the Home-Fires Burning" by Ivor Novello with lyrics by Lena Gilbert Ford, comes to mind. My maternal grandmother,...Show More Summary

Jay Cutler, An $18 Million Mistake

It's hard to watch your beloved football team play a primetime game against a long-standing rival when you know deep down in your heart before the first snap that they are probably going to lose. It's beyond demoralizing to be trailing 42-0 at halftime. Show More Summary

Advocacy Talk

America has a media problem. Much of commercial radio consists of music and advertisements for corporate products. Network and cable news are increasingly hyper-focused on political gaffes, irrelevant scandals, sensationalism and gossip. Show More Summary

Homeless Students Exist in Every School. Is This the Year We Support Them?

November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. As a teacher in Chicago Public Schools I am writing to ask readers, and the community of the city of Chicago, for help. Over 22,000 of our students were identified as homeless last...Show More Summary

Illinois treasurer's race is still too close to call

There is still no winner in Illinois' 2014 treasurer race. As of Sunday night, unofficial counts in the Illinois state treasurer's race had Republican Tom Cross leading Democrat Mike Frerichs by 646 votes. You read that correctly. Only 646 votes out of nearly 3.5 million votes cast. Show More Summary

Top Schools in Illinois Biggest School Districts

Illinois' 2014 statewide races are over, but now it's time to get to work on making the state better, which starts with a better education system for Illinois' students. But first we have to reflect on where we are now before we canShow More Summary

Illinois Governor's Race: Every Vote Should Be Counted, and Recounted, Perhaps

Why have early voting? Why have absentee ballots? Why allow provisional ballots? If they are not going to be included in the final tally on election night before one candidate concedes and the other proclaims victory? Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was right in not conceding last night to his Republican challenger, businessman Bruce Rauner. Show More Summary

Some words of wisdom for Illinois' new goveror-elect

Illinois' new governor elect, Republican Bruce Rauner, has a lot of work ahead of him to fix the state's economy and get Illinoisans on board with state government again. Though voters chose him to lead the state for the next four years, he won't be able to do it alone. Show More Summary

It's 10 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Social Security Number Is?

Your Social Security number is a skeleton key in the hands of an identity thief, but it's not just about money. Those nine digits are used in too many transactions to enumerate, and because of that, there are plenty of opportunitiesShow More Summary

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