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Ever heard the one about the dead people collecting pensions in Illinois?

It's no secret that Illinois is facing a pension crisis of epic proportions, just as it's no secret that the state has borne the brunt of political corruption jokes for almost its entire existence. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek explains...Show More Summary

10 unelected Illinoisans with the most political clout

In addition to its lists of influential players in dozens of industries in Illinois and Chicago, Crain's Chicago Business also released a list of the 20 people with the most political clout in the state. While these prominent political insiders in Illinois do not hold public office, they certainly influence those who do. Show More Summary

Chicago Sun-Times Editor Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Sexually Assaulted

On September 12, the Chicago Sun-Times published an opinion piece in which Mary Mitchell questioned whether the recent sexual assault of a sex worker--at gunpoint--should be called and prosecuted as rape. In the op-ed, Mitchell referred...Show More Summary

Watch: Illinois' Bill Backlog Could Rocket Up to 2010 Levels

Wednesday provided a unique snapshot of what's going wrong with Illinois state government finances. First up was Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger, who warned that Illinois rapidly is piling up unpaid bills because it's operating without a state budget. Show More Summary

Rauner rejected these 11 conditions for treatment by medical marijuana in Illinois

As more Illinoisans apply for and receive permission from the state to use marijuana as a medical necessity, Gov. Bruce Rauner put a stop to further expansion of the program for 11 conditions Sept. 10. Rauner vetoed Senate Bil 39, which...Show More Summary

Underneath the Tracks: A Journey on Chicago's L Train

I sat on a Chicago L cart feeling sad as the sun shined in from the windows on a hot August summer day after a visit to my mother's house near the Kedzie-Homan Blue line stop. On the train, I sat near two college aged males pre-gaming, sharing shots of dark brown substances, chatting verbosely with muffled speech I couldn't decipher. Show More Summary

I Am Sikh. I Am American. Being Both Should Not Be So Difficult.

Though this week was the 14th anniversary of 9/11, an unforgettable attack on our nation, it was also a jarring reminder of how misunderstood and mistreated my religious community is. Tuesday, Inderjit Singh Mukker, a Chicago man, was...Show More Summary

5 of the best scenic drives through Illinois

As summer comes to a close and the leaves morph from a vibrant green to even more vibrant oranges, reds and yellows, there's no better way to appreciate the shifting seasons than by taking a drive through Illinois. From Peoria's Grandview...Show More Summary

Humanity Washed Ashore

Who are all these people? Here's another global problem -- this flow of refugees -- that national governments are apparently incapable of dealing with in a long-term, cooperative, globally responsible way. As with climate change, asShow More Summary

Marking the 14th Anniversary of September 11th

Today, on the 14th anniversary of September 11, 2001, we honor the thousands who lost their lives in this devastating terrorist attack on our country. We will never forget that horrifying day; even now we still grieve for the innocent...Show More Summary

Even Paying $500 Million Extra in Property Taxes Won't Save Chicago From Its Junk Credit Rating

Taxpayers were shocked last week when news leaked of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to raise $500 million with the largest Chicago property tax increase in modern history. But with $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities and its municipal...Show More Summary

Falls Kicks Off With an Incredible Visual Arts Lineup

Fall is always culturally rich in Chicago. However, beginning September 14, the city comes alive with an unprecedented lineup of nationally interesting exhibits and performances centered around the visual arts. Many of these are curated by or connected to the fourth annual Expo Chicago, the international exposition of contemporary and modern art. Show More Summary

Drink up: 5 of the drunkest cities in Illinois

Chicago is known for its numerous and varied bars, and a lively drinking culture to go along with it. But the rest of Illinois also has its fair share of drinking establishments, college campuses and residents who like to partake. Taking...Show More Summary

16 of the Best Community Colleges in Illinois Ranked by Wallethub

The cost of four-year colleges is climbing, and many students and parents have therefore been looking at community colleges as a financially sound option. Illinois has some great community colleges, and they come at an affordable price. Two-year...Show More Summary

Could union veto loss be surprise win for Madigan?

Failing to secure the votes of all 71 Democrats in the Illinois House of Representatives, Speaker Michael Madigan didn't get the political victory he hoped for over Gov. Bruce Rauner in the union arbitration bill veto override. But perhaps...Show More Summary

How much could Chicago's new taxes cost you?

In order to help Chicago and its public schools face a severe fiscal crisis after years of borrowing, mayor Rahm Emanuel is preparing to reveal some significant new Chicago taxes. Because the state is trying to deal with its own budgeting and revenue crises, the mayor can't rely on help from Springfield to shore up the city budget. Show More Summary

What It Means To Be Authentic: Chef Michael Taus

I often wonder what is more important to chefs these days. Is it the food or is it stardom? With the proliferation of food festivals, social media blitzes and reality TV deals, it seems that being a celebrity might be the highest priority. Show More Summary

Why We Celebrate Labor Day

This Labor Day, Americans across the country will be heading to the beach, barbecuing with their families, or spending some hard earned dollars at the local mall. However, it's important that we take the time to remember what today is...Show More Summary

Union bill veto override vote distracted from social services conversation in Illinois

The big news from Springfield this week was House Democrats' failed effort to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that would have sharply curtailed Rauner's power in union negotiations. Had the override happened, it would have represented a stinging rebuke of Rauner's agenda by his political nemesis, House Speaker Michael Madigan. Show More Summary

3 Must-Know Facts About Illinois Taxes

Because Illinois taxes can get pretty complex, the Taxpayers' Federation of Illinois, Illinois Fiscal Policy Council and Tax Foundation created "Illinois Illustrated," a book that makes the state's taxes easier to understand throughShow More Summary

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