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Go Against the Flow: Claire Lew, CEO of Know Your Company

Claire Lew is the CEO of Know Your Company, a software tool that helps companies with 25 to 75 employees overcome growing pains. Her mission in life is to help people become happier at work. Her software, Know Your Company, helps doShow More Summary

New Cook County jobs program: A Band-Aid fix for a gaping wound

Young people in Chicago's toughest neighborhoods are stuck. The public schools are in shambles. Kids drop out instead of graduating. If they do graduate, they're unlikely to get into college. They probably can't find a good job, either. That means they're likely unemployed long term, perhaps scraping by on welfare. Show More Summary

Trump, Rauner on Similar Wavelength With Public Workers

Opinion Gov. Bruce Rauner famously spent the 2016 election season refusing to endorse, disavow or even say the name Donald Trump. Yet unlike some Republicans who rebuked or refused to fully embrace the Republican candidate, Rauner never...Show More Summary

Chicago Citibank Branch Blockaded By Dakota Access Pipeline Protest

Roughly 30 Chicagoans blockaded a Citibank branch on North Clark Street today to demand Citigroup divest from the Dakota Access pipeline. It’s part of a flurry of nationwide actions targeting pipeline investors. Part of the group remained inside the bank, blocking business for two hours until they were arrested. Show More Summary

The U.S. Elections: End Of Empire? A View From Haiti

Wednesday on campus was a discussion aimed at addressing the issue of safety for our most vulnerable students: people of color, especially Black students, Muslims, and undocumented students (who, at NIU, mostly come from Mexico), asShow More Summary

The Value Of The Anti-Trump Post-Election Protests

The right and some on the left have derided the large post-election protests against Trump's election. What both sets of critiques share is a failure to listen to any of the protesters, except through the media filters that they in other...Show More Summary

Killing Chicago's Finest: Something Else Happened the Day the Cubs Won the World Series

On November 2nd, 2016, the world lost a good natured, empathetic and heroic person. This happened on a day in Chicago history that will live in infamy not because a hero was ruthlessly murdered, but because of a baseball game where dozens of new Chicago heroes were born. Show More Summary

Speaker Madigan's Deputy: We're In The Same Boat

By Madeleine Doubek OK, deep breath in. Deep breath out. Now that we got that nasty election out of our systems, there's a veto session in Springfield starting next week. House Speaker Mike Madigan, Gov. Bruce Rauner and everyone will...Show More Summary

Election Morning Reflections On Why The Dems Couldn't Beat Someone As Disgusting As Donald Trump

Some preliminary thoughts on the Democrats' failure to beat someone as loathsome as Donald Trump: 1) Insider Democrats did all they could to tilt the scales (Wasserman Schultz, Donna Brazile, et al) to nominate the most out-spokenly neo-liberal candidate ever. Show More Summary

Reject the Trump-Rauner agenda on Tuesday

As a high school English teacher, I've taught my students to read carefully, think critically, and write persuasively. They learn that arguments must be based on good evidence, convincingly explained.   Governor Bruce Rauner seems to...Show More Summary

Illinois Early Voting Sees Record Number of Ballots Cast

By Kevin Hoffman The number of Illinoisans who voted early, before Election Day, has reached record levels. As of Monday morning -- the last day of early voting -- 1.267 million voters had cast their ballots statewide. When vote by mail...Show More Summary

What the Illinois Comptroller Race Results Could Mean for State Budget Crisis

Opinion No analysis of the race for Illinois comptroller is complete without the term "proxy war." It's a term Illinois voters have heard and experienced many times over the decades, as Republican and Democratic party leaders of the Illinois House and Senate pour money into the campaigns of their members to fend off challenges from the other party. Show More Summary

Cubs Win!

No more "wait 'til next year!" Kiss goodbye the "Billy Goat Curse" forever. No longer are they the "Lovable Losers." That's right! The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning of the 7th game of the World Series to end a championship drought that lasted 108 years. Show More Summary

I Feel Terrible For Chicago Cubs Fans, And For Good Reason

I'm happy for the Chicago Cubs. Winning the World Series is an incredible feat. I'm less happy for Cubs fans. I know this is easy to say (and perhaps ridiculous) coming from a fan of the New York Yankees, but with the winning of theShow More Summary

Stress-Free Dog Walk

Do you walk down the street and say "hello" to every stranger, introduce yourself and then, engage in playful banter? Recently, I've seen an uptick in clients expressing concern that their pet cowers or growls when a stranger reaches down to pet it. Show More Summary

A Letter To Cubs Fans From A Red Sox Fan And Her Dad

Hey Cubs fans, It's me and my dad here. We appreciate your nausea, elation, anxiety, and tears as you survive these long baseball nights. Your pain and pride resonates deeply with us and with tons of Red Sox fans who understand how your universe feels right now. Show More Summary

1974, The Cubs, Mom And Me

It was 1974. I was bored silly in a fog of ADHD (when they called it “unsettled”) and sitting at my desk at Dirksen Elementary. It was first grade. I was pouring glue on a fresh spot of marker ink, letting the color soak in so I could manufacture a rare jailhouse jewel while ignoring Mrs. Show More Summary

Writing On Wrigley Field's Walls

Still think it's just about the baseball? Just north of Wrigley Field is Graceland Cemetery. And under the wild grey skies of November, on a tiny peaceful lake near the grave of the great ballet dancer Ruth Page, is the grave of Mr. Cub--Ernie Banks. Show More Summary

Will Gov. Rauner Target the Illinois Supreme Court in 2018?

llinois Supreme Court Justice Burke faces retention in 2018 Since becoming a candidate for governor in 2013, Bruce Rauner has put $60 million into various campaign funds. That's more than double the Top 10 contributors gave in the four-year...Show More Summary

Opinion: Let's Vote And Treat Politicians Like They're Our Children

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek I was texting with some family members over the weekend and I'm sure it will come as no shock that one of my sisters told me she'd done the deed and voted early, figuratively holding her nose...Show More Summary

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