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Illinois' College Students Complete School at a Higher Rate Than Most of the Country

Even if Illinois' politicians don't have much they can boast about, Illinois' college students have plenty of reason to be proud about their college completion rates. A new study says 73 percent of the state's four-year public college students complete their coursework within six years, compared to about 63 percent nationally, says a new study. Show More Summary

Five of the Highest-Rated Hospitals in Illinois

Truven Health Analytics' annual "Top 100 Hospitals" study, which evaluated 3,000 hospitals in the U.S., has recognized 10 Illinois hospitals as among the best in the country. The hospitals were ranked based on ten metrics, includingShow More Summary

Pope Francis: The Reformer

When he was presented to the cheering crowd at St Peter's Square on March 13, 2013 not many people especially in the West, Asia and Africa recognized the name Jorge Bergoglio. Even though he was well known and respected in Latin America,...Show More Summary

Illinois' pension reform: Supreme Court hears oral arguments

The three Republican justices on the Illinois Supreme appeared to be the biggest skeptics about the state's case in the Illinois pension reform lawsuit. That's not what most observers expected as both sides presented their argumentsShow More Summary

5 Ways to Raise a Successful Teenager

Steve Harvey hosted his seventh annual Disney Dreamers Academy in Orlando Florida, an empowerment retreat for 100 lucky and deserving high school students. This year, the inspirational talks were delivered with some sage advice for parents as well. Show More Summary

Pope Francis and the Remaking of Modern Catholicism

When we look at the words and deeds of Pope Francis since his papacy, it is obvious that he has surpassed the expectations of many. The Francis effect is now the new narrative of the Catholic Church with all the positive consequences of this for realizing the mission of Roman Catholicism in the world. Show More Summary

Lawyer: The Illinois Supreme Court has a lot of work on its hands with pension reform law

The Illinois Supreme Court must decide whether or not the state's pension crisis is dire enough to override the constitutional mandate that public workers will not see cuts to their pension benefits. The seven justices have been tasked...Show More Summary

'Tell Me You're Proud of Me'

Chicago comedian, writer and actor released his debut album this year called Tell Me You're Proud of Me. His album was recorded at Wild Goose Creative in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus Unscripted Improv Festival. He has been doing stand up since 2008. Show More Summary

10 Illinois Cities Where a Speeding Ticket Will Damage Your Wallet

Receiving a speeding ticket is a drag. Aside from having to pay the fine and costs associated with legal fees, a ticket will wreak havoc on your annual car insurance premium long after you saw the blue- and red-flashing lights in your...Show More Summary

Born in a Manger: Pre-Civil Rights Black America and the Willie Wilson Story

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston Campaign Manager - Dr. Willie Wilson, Mayor of Chicago 2015 I need to share a dimension of the human experience that is overlooked in critics' analyses of Willie Wilson i.e., the theism of the poor and oppressed vs. Show More Summary

Illinois local government officials: No budget cuts in my backyard!

"NIMBY" usually that means "not in my back yard." But it's got a new meaning as mayors across Illinois face big cuts from Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed state budget. Madeleine Doubek explains what they're shouting at the governor. Reboot...Show More Summary

Rauner Funding Cut to Pre-School for HIV/AIDS Affected Kids Promises Political Fight

Governor Bruce Rauner has trumpeted both his intention to "Shake up Springfield" and to prioritize education, but the budget that he has unveiled may have dented both goals. Rauner has proposed eliminating a $390,000 Illinois Department...Show More Summary

Gov. Rauner clashes with Illinois Senate Black Caucus over budget

Things were going fairly smoothly for Gov. Bruce Rauner as he met with lawmakers to sell his budget reforms. But things went off the rails when Rauner hosted the Senate Black Caucus, writes Rich Miller of Capitol Fax. Miller explains...Show More Summary

6 Things I've Learned About Life by Working With Hospice

When people find out that I volunteer to visit hospice patients the reaction is often less than positive. There is a general distaste and fear surrounding death. It's hard for many to understand why anyone would seek out experiencing...Show More Summary

World Book Day: 10 Prominent Novels Set in Illinois

Real-life stories about Illinois--its politics, its history, its culture--are so interesting that it makes sense that fictional stories set in the state would be even more interesting. The authors of these 10 books certainly thought so. Show More Summary

Gov. Rauer's Illinois spending cuts plan: "admirable" or stressful?

Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts for Illinois have a lot of people up in arms. But David From, director of the Illinois chapter of Americans For Prosperity, says the governor's tough stance on spending is a breath of fresh air. From...Show More Summary

Dominick Cleans Up Cicero Legal Woes, Creates Business Boom

The Town of Cicero had long-earned its bad-boy - or girl - of image of corrupt government. Its previous Town President, Betty Loren Maltese, went to federal prison for corruption, involving abuse of her office that allegedly netted her...Show More Summary

Stay up to speed on Illinois' pension crisis with this three-point refresher

Illinois faces a major pension funding problem. The state's Supreme Court is set to hear a case over whether or not a proposed reform, Senate Bill 1, is constitutional. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek offers a refresher leading up to opening arguments. Show More Summary

Three of Illinois' biggest political blunders in the last 40 years

Any Illinoisan can tell you there have been a lot of political missteps in the state's history. But which ones were the biggest, and what effect did they have on the state's political landscape as a whole? But for a few twists of fate...Show More Summary

The 27 Best Bad Decision Bars in America

By: Adam Lapetina and Andy Kryza You know that bar down the street from your place that has board games and does British comedy trivia every Wednesday night? The one you took your Mom to, and she called it "quaint?" These bars wipe the floor with that bar. Show More Summary

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