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Discover the Cult of Lincoln at Springfield's Historic Pasfield House Inn

My 10-month-old son and I recently went on a three-week road trip down Route 66, from Chicago to Santa Monica. We stayed in an array of accommodations, from boutique hotels to roadside motels, from Wigwams to Wagon Wheel cabins. One of our favorite nights was spent at the Pasfield House Inn in Springfield, Illinois. Show More Summary

Bully/Jerk -- It's Not the Same

When my kids were little we would play a game called "Degrees". I would throw out a topic like "hunger" and we would list words that described hunger by degrees... peckish, hungry, famished, starving... like that. For "rain" it might be mist, drizzle, shower, downpour. Show More Summary

Reboot Illinois poll finds Quinn has moved ahead of Rauner in Illinois governor's race

A new Reboot Illinois poll shows Gov. Pat Quinn edging ahead of Republican challenger Bruce Rauner. The poll, conducted Oct. 6 for Reboot Illinois by We Ask America, showed Quinn leading Rauner 44 percent to 40 percent. It's the first...Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes With Singer-Songwriter, Macy Gray

When I sat down with singer-songwriter Macy Gray in the private Barrel Room of City Winery just before her performance there, I was reminded of what it means to be a one-of-a-kind. From the moment she walked in the room, even before she spoke with her unique voice and rhythm, it was clear that Macy Gray moves to her own muse. Show More Summary

Shaw: Illinois Governor's Race Is dramatic, But Where Are the Answers?

Elections are exciting. The future of Illinois' governance is up for grabs, and with it come answers to questions about what could happen to the state's income tax, minimum wage and pension reform efforts. So it makes sense that campaigns would be infused with a sense of anticipation. Show More Summary

Food Stamp Enrollment Underscores Illinois Jobs Crisis

In Illinois, people are more likely to end up on food stamps than they are to find a job. Nearly five years since the end of the Great Recession, Illinois is lagging behind the rest of the Midwest in job creation, creating an environment...Show More Summary

Finding a Long-Lost Ancestor on the Streets of Chicago

I have an autograph book that belonged to my maternal grandmother. Written on the inside cover is "Anna Gustavason, 162 Townsend Street, Chicago, Ill." I can't find 162 Townsend on any map, nor can I find her on any census record. She was in N.D. Show More Summary

Conducting Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake

Dylan Gutierrez & Jeraldine Mendoza, Photo by Cheryl Mann Conductor Scott Speck is with us to talk about the music of one of the most famous ballets of all time--Swan Lake. He has been in rehearsal with Chicago's Joffrey Ballet, and they will open October 15th doing Christopher Wheeldon's version of this ballet classic. Show More Summary

Hot Doug Before He Was Hot

For anyone living in or around Chicago and not under a rock, it's hard to escape the fact that the most famous hot dog stand in America, Hot Doug's, is closing today. BOOM. Just like that, Doug Sohn is walking away from a sure thing....Show More Summary

Protecting the Southeast Side and All of Chicago

Long overdue credit was given last night. At their annual dinner, the Illinois Environmental Council rightly cast a bright spotlight on the work of the Southeast Environmental Task Force as their organization of the year. You would be hard pressed to find a better recipient. Show More Summary

Illinois' retirement benefit liabilities are how much?

Illinois' pension crisis and efforts toward pension reform are no secret. Bill Bergman, director of research at Truth in Accounting, writes: Today, we may be on the cusp of "learning" more unlearned lessons. And this time, we aren't just exposed to a few autumn leaves falling to the ground, or a few twigs or limbs falling in a storm. Show More Summary

A New, Safer Chicago? End the Grass Gap

The targeting of Black people in Chicago for minor marijuana possession is not making our city a safer place. There is not a weekend that goes by without national reports of gun violence in communities across the city. Many of these communities are sites of years of neglect, public school closures and mass unemployment. Show More Summary

Are the Illinois gubernatorial candidates focusing on the issues enough?

Illinois' next governor will have a lot of work to do to get the state on track with its backlog of bills, unfunded pensions and questions of what to do with the state income tax (plus so much more). So it would make sense that the gubernatorial...Show More Summary

18 Counties With the Highest Juvenile Arrest Rates in Illinois

A report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority shows that almost 30,000 children between the ages of 10 and 16 were arrested in Illinois in 2012. The data shows a downward trend in youth arrests that began around 2005...Show More Summary

The Chicago International Film Festival Celebrates 50 Years

The Chicago International Film Festival celebrates its 50th year this October 9 - 23. Recognized as the first international film festival in North American, the Chicago International Film Festival is a pioneer in focusing on international films. Show More Summary

Changing Direction: A Roadmap for Reforming Illinois' Prison System

After decades of using incarceration as the country's primary response to crime, leading Republicans and Democrats are embracing safe, fair, and cost-effective prison reform. As Illinois prepares to elect its next governor, voters should...Show More Summary

Changing Chicago: Reducing Violence in the Windy City

Chicago is home to some of the greatest architecture, culture, food and people in the country. Frank Sinatra sang about the people in the song My Kind of Town he said, "My kind of people, too. People who smile at you." If you walk along...Show More Summary

Illinois' gubernatorial candidates in their own words

Illinois voters have a difficult choice to make in less than five weeks: Who will become the next governor? Reboot Illinois teamed up with the Better Government Association to ask the three gubernatorial candidates - Democrat Gov. Pat...Show More Summary

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Illinois? Test Your Knowledge Here

You probably know which presidents are from Illinois, where the capitol is located and which great lake forms our eastern border. But how much do you really know about the Land of Lincoln? Can you name the state bird or how many counties...Show More Summary

Illinoisans have been trying to reform the pension system for almost 100 years

The condition of Illinois' failing public pension systems has been topic No. 1 in state government for the last five years. Chief Legal Counsel to Illinois Senate President John Cullertain Eric Madiar recently discovered that Illinois...Show More Summary

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