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5 Things I Hope My Mother Doesn't Say When I Leave For College

The weeks before a freshman goes off to college are nerve-wrecking, exciting, and disproportionally spent at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. It is time for young adults everywhere to fly the nest and begin their own lives independent of their parents. Show More Summary

Government consolidation might be the answer to Illinois' problems

According to U.S Census Buereau information, there are 7,000 government units in Illinois (and the Illinois Comptroller's office counts 1,400 more than that), the most in the country by about 2,000 units.The Better Government Association's...Show More Summary

Woodstock: Yeah, It Was Something -- Just Not What You Think

About a month ago, I was standing in front of the Woodstock display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio when it happened again. A guy about my age, wearing a baseball cap over what I assumed was a balding head, sizedShow More Summary

Are Bruce Rauner's political donations an attempt to buy Republican support?

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has worn his political-newcomer badge with pride, saying it makes him the right person to bring change to Springfield and that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has been in government too long. Show More Summary

Commander Evans: #1 in Chicago for Excessive Force

Why it is so hard for Superintendent McCarthy to take away Commander Glenn Evans police powers after the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recommended that he be stripped of his duties as a police official? Commander Evans was...Show More Summary

Coffee for Tea Lovers

For more food drink and travel videos visit Coffee of any variety is usually a welcome sign in the morning, but for some tea drinkers the classic beverage is a bit too overpowering. But it doesn't have to be theShow More Summary

An Unforgettable Marathon of Theater

Like most stage plays, All Our Tragic concludes with a final appearance by its cast. Just seeing all of those actors again -- and thinking back on the multiple roles each of them had played on that stage over the previous 12 hours -- was an unusually stirring experience on Sunday night. Show More Summary

Is Oprah's Favorite Celebrity Chef Also the Nicest?

Art Smith, Celebrity Chef Take it from me, not smiling after a single chat with celebrity Chef Art Smith is a scientific impossibility. I dare anyone to try and keep a poker face in the presence of the telegenic 54-year-old Top Chef master. Show More Summary

Four Things You Have to Know Before Buying a House

Owning a home is the traditional cornerstone of the quintessential American dream and many people still see it as the crowning achievement of a stable adulthood. But the actual process of buying a home can feel like anything but stable. Show More Summary

Do recent polls really spell certain victory for Bruce Rauner?

As the end of the summer heats up, so does the end of the Illinois' governor's race. In the political polls conducted so far, the Republican challenger Bruce Rauner seems to be leading Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, but the margins vary based on polling entity. Show More Summary

Advice for College Freshmen

Get live in '89. '89 get live! Get all the way live in '89. '89 get live. That is 1989. June 1989, I graduated high school and immediately began packing for college. I was a first generation college student. I was ready to live on campus, which I imagined to be like Cosby's "A Different World." August arrived and freedom beckoned me. Show More Summary

Is Bruce Rauner more of a reformer than Gov. Pat Quinn?

From the day he first entered politics, Pat Quinn has made his name on being a reformer. Most famously, Quinn spearheaded a protest against legislative pay raises that led to the 1980 "Cutback Amendment," which cut the size of the Illinois...Show More Summary

Wake Up and Face the Music, Chicago

In the wake of the Fourth of July holiday weekend in Chicago, where 82 people were shot in an 84-hour window, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday that Forty Illinois State Police troopers will work with the Chicago Police Department's fugitive unit to apprehend wanted criminals. Show More Summary

What Are the Best Colleges in Illinois?

Forbes came out with their 2014 ranking of colleges in the United States and four Illinois colleges appear in the top 100. Unlike U.S. News and World Report's rankings, Forbes combines all schools, from small liberal arts colleges to...Show More Summary

A Reply to Nathaniel Zelinsky: 'Anti-Israel' Professor Shouldn't Have Been Fired

Nathaniel Zelinsky claims Professor Steven Salaita should not have been hired to teach at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. He feels that Salaita's vocal and acerbic tweets against the Israeli state are more than sufficient grounds to not hire him. Show More Summary

8 Steps to Bacon Nirvana

When James Bowers and Andres Barrientos decided in 2013 to open Miami Smokers Urban Smokehouse, they studied with smokehouse legend Allan Benton of Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams in Madisonville, Tennessee (population 4,734). The...Show More Summary

The BGA fights for FOIA requests

In July, The Better Government Association sued the Illinois High School Association for denying a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for information about sports sponsorships. The IHSA says they are a nonprofit and therefore...Show More Summary

Visit Honest Abe's Illinois Haunts

We love Lincoln and you should, too. Illinois, of course, is "The Land of Lincoln" and our state includes a variety of historical sites and tourist attractions. To satisfy your Lincoln craving, we've put together our Trail of Lincoln, covering everything from the Lincoln-Douglas debate sites to the World's Largest Statue of Abraham Lincoln. Show More Summary

How should you read political polls?

It's not just campaign season. It's political polling season. We were hit with a handful last week and the results were quite different. Why? What gives? What do we need to consider when we hear about polls? Polling is part science and...Show More Summary

Charlie Trotter Day Is August 17

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I did not know Charlie Trotter personally. However, because he had mentored so many chefs who have been guests on The Dinner Party, I feel like I knew him. My only run-in with Charlie went like...Show More Summary

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