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Six Chicago Teachers' Voices: The Pros and Cons of the Day of Action

At a time when the Chicago Teacher's Union is planning a one-day strike, it's important to remember that while we as teachers may support or oppose the strategy of a Day of Action, we're united by a common set of values around education. Show More Summary

72 Illinois Municipal Managers Made More Than Any U.S. Governor in 2015

A new report featured in Forbes Magazine found 72 city managers of relatively small municipalities in Illinois are paid more than the governors of every state. Open the Books' annual "Big Dogs" salary report on local government looks...Show More Summary

Here's Why Blago's 14-Year Prison Sentence Should Be Reduced

OPINION Tuesday's Reboot Illinois Daily Tip-Off email contained a mention of the Chicago Sun-Times editorial headlined, "Time to rethink Blago's prison time," which advocated for reducing former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 14-year sentence. Blagojevich...Show More Summary

What To Really Expect When You're Expecting. The Lost Chapters.

When I was a little girl I always dreamed of getting married and having kids. I wanted to have five kids. I just couldn't wait to be a mom. I thought it would be so fun and that I'd be really good at it. When I was pregnant with my kids I read every single what to expect book there was out there. Show More Summary

When Will Chicago Teachers and Illinois Politicians Act Like Grown-Ups and Actually Think About Our Kids?

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek My family has been quite, um, productive lately. I mentioned quite a while back that I come from a big family. I'm the youngest of eight kids, so it's not all that surprising that the next generation, my nephews and nieces, would be adding to the family about now. Show More Summary

Top 25 School Districts Doing The Most Deficit Spending in 2016

Nearly 60 percent of Illinois school districts are expected to be deficit spending during fiscal year 2016, according to new data from the Illinois State Board of Education. In FY15, school districts issued $307.2 million in new debt in their operating funds, a decrease of $49.3 million from $356.5 million in FY14. Show More Summary

To 'Trifling' Brothers: Time To Man Up

CHICAGO--I stood in the flickering light, warming my hands by a trashcan that a few men in line with me had stuffed with wooden sticks and assorted debris--anything that would burn. The night was cold, sometime during the Reagan years when there seemed little hope of trickle-down economics ever reaching ghetto America. Show More Summary

The Stripped Word and Naked Girls

When I was asked to participate in a reading of my current book Goddess of Love Incarnate (the biography of stripteuse Lili St. Cyr) at the flagship salon of Naked Girls Reading in Chicago, I was intrigued. Naked Girls Reading sounded like a fabulous evening; naked beauties sitting around reading literature to a paid audience. Show More Summary

What's the Point of the Chicago Teachers Union Walkout?

Public protest is an honored tradition in our democracy. From the American Revolution to Black Lives Matter, speaking out for fairness, justice and freedom is in our national character and protected under the First Amendment. But protest without purpose can be counterproductive, leaving the public, the media and even the participants confused. Show More Summary

Duckworth Launches 112-Day Campaign To Tie Kirk To Trump

Here are a few facts about Mark Kirk's election to the U.S. Senate in 2010: He defeated Democratic State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias by a slim margin of 1.6 percentage points; 59,220 votes among 3,704, 473 votes cast Giannoulias throughout...Show More Summary

Donald Trump Inciting Violence

Why is Donald Trump inciting violence across the United States? There is no reason for this Republican Frontrunner to be concerned about securing the nomination because he is winning the majority of delegates. The Republican Party would be going against the grain by not giving the nomination to Donald Trump. Show More Summary

Why Democrats May Avoid Sending Bruce Rauner Another School Funding Bill

One reason the Illinois budget impasse has gone on so long is that elementary and high schools have received their full share of state funding for the current academic year. The bill that contained funding for elementary and secondary education was the only budget bill among 20 last year that Gov. Show More Summary

Top 5 Reasons Why Pennsylvania Offers No Hope For Illinois Budget Crisis

Until this week, Illinois and Pennsylvania shared a spot in the national news cycle as the only two states to make into the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2016 with no operating budget in place. Now Pennsylvania has left the Illinois budget impasse alone in the fiscal dysfunction spotlight, as Gov. Show More Summary

Alderman Introduces Ordinance That Would All But End Uber Ride-Sharing In Chicago

Opinion by Marco McCottry, general manager of Uber in Chicago Last week, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) introduced an ordinance that would force Chicago's 35,000 uberX driver-partners to get chauffeur's licenses. These are designed for full-time, professional drivers. Show More Summary

I Just Saved Rahm and CPS Millions During My Lunch Period

Dear Rahm, You live in a fantasy world. Don't you realize that by canceling school and making teachers take an unpaid furlough day on March 25th that you shortchange the learning of our students? Yet now you want to criticize us for having no options left but to strike. Show More Summary

Making the Connection Between Gender Bias and Economic Security

March is Women's History Month. This time of year can be quite joyous and reaffirming as a woman, particularly for one who runs a women's foundation. Women's achievements through history should be documented and celebrated, though it does not move us to address the small and large inequities women and girls face now. Show More Summary

An Obituary for the Wrigleyville McDonald's

On March 21st of our Lord's 2016, we said goodbye to a dear friend and neighbor, the Wrigleyville McDonald's located at Clark and Addison, as it was torn down to build a hotel that people will inevitably regret staying in. She was aShow More Summary

32 School Districts in Illinois Placed On 'Financial Watch' List for 2016

A new analysis of the financial health of Illinois' school districts shows the majority remain in precarious positions, with many borrowing and tapping into cash reserves just to keep their schools running. In large part, this is because...Show More Summary

How I Quit My Job and Started a Successful Business

And how you can do it too! It takes planning and courage to leave a job and start your own business. Friends and family might tell you that it's not worth the risk, but I know from personal experience that it's a very rewarding, life-changing...Show More Summary

Hello? How About We Vent Our Anger At Springfield Politicians?

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek Hello, it's me I was wondering if, after all these years, you'd like to meet To go over everything They say that time's supposed to heal ya But I ain't done much healing Hello, it's me, your...Show More Summary

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