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Opinion: Trying to reboot Illinois without bashing it

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich Thumbs-up to Margie's Candies, not so much for dad's website. In the department of "kids say the darnedest things," I offer this unsolicited quote from my 12-year-old son: "Dad, I looked at your...Show More Summary

Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People's Children?

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date by which they could call a strike. Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Karen Lewis said she didn't know or care if the...Show More Summary

Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choices on November Ballot

Two years after a lawsuit backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan kept a citizen-led redistricting reform effort off the ballot, Madigan himself voted to get an anti-gerrymandering amendment before voters on Nov. 8. By a 105-7 vote, the House approved a constitutional amendment sponsored by Rep. Show More Summary

High Levels of Violence in Chicago

Shootings and homicides are on the rise in Chicago. It appears that all strategies to reduce them have failed, which left a significant impact from January 1, 2016 to April 28, 2016. There are many stories of shootings and killings every weekend. Show More Summary

Report: Top 17 Straight-A Hospitals in Illinois for 2016

Illinois ranks 15th in the nation when it comes to hospital safety, according to the 2016 Hospital Safety Score, and several of the state's best hospitals never have received anything less than the top score. The Leapfrog Group -- aShow More Summary

It's Time For You To Sound Off On Illinois Tax Changes

In separate press conferences in Springfield Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke of his opposition to a progressive tax in Illinois while Democratic Reps. Lou Lang and Christian Mitchell voiced their support. The House is expected to vote...Show More Summary

The President vs. the Black Lives Matter Movement

After two years of taking little notice of Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists' actual demands, let alone implementing them, President Obama has now lambasted the movement for simply "yelling" about the issue. The insulting insinuation...Show More Summary

My Home Town Chicago: Where (and how) The Violence Ends?

It's no secret that Chicago is under a national microscope, due to the rampant violence plaguing the city. Arguably, in just about every news cycle there are reports about victims of gun violence, beatings or stabbings, some resulting in death in some gruesome fashion. Show More Summary

Kasonja Holley Still Uses Her Lunch Break To Feed The Homeless In Chicago

By Marcelle Hutchins It's been over a year since Kasonja Holley first made headlines about using her own lunch hour to help people fighting homelessness. The Chicago native is still going strong. Once a week Holley heads to a SubwayShow More Summary

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform

Public pensions are wildly underfunded in many political jurisdictions across this country. The pension crisis in Illinois is perhaps the most dramatic: Illinois municipal bonds are treated as "junk" by the markets for good reason. How...Show More Summary

Earth Day Scorecard for a Greener Chicago

Chicago is becoming a "greener city," but let's recognize some key challenges and the need for solutions moving forward. Environmental progress is being achieved together with job creation and economic development. The old myth about jobs versus the environment is simply that: old and false. Show More Summary

The New Enlightenment

What remains endlessly hinted at about the 2016 presidential race, but not fully articulated, is that something enormous -- bigger than politics, bigger than America itself, perhaps -- is trembling and kicking just below the surface, struggling to emerge. I have a name to suggest for this hypothetical phenomenon: the New Enlightenment. Show More Summary

Immigration Case: Texas Concedes Most Important Points

On Monday, I witnessed a part of our democracy that not many people get to see: oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States. And you know what? It reminded me of the importance of women's equality. Let me explain. The case I witnessed was United States v. Show More Summary

'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight Music Theatre

I almost skipped Dreamgirls at Porchlight. I've seen and enjoyed the movie, I saw a very decent (if emotionally neutered) touring production 6 years ago, I've watched Jennifer Holliday's landmark performance of the titular first actShow More Summary

Policing the Police in Chicago

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report candidly states without reservation that decades of racism and systemic failure in the CPD 'validates' complaints that have consistently been made by the Black community. There are two Chicago Police Departments - Officer Kinda Friendly and the Jason Van Dyke Fraternity. Show More Summary

Secrets to Building a Tribe with Facebook Groups

Imagine being a sought after thought leader sharing ideas with a community of raving fans who are thrilled to hear from you. Facebook Groups is a powerful platform for creating a tribe and engaging with them online. If you haven't yet...Show More Summary

Tubman Selection Is Right on the Money

A year ago, I introduced the "Put a Woman on the Twenty Act of 2015" (H.R. 1910) to urge the Secretary of the Treasury to put a woman's portrait on American money. The bill didn't pass, but it didn't have to. After first announcing in...Show More Summary

Chicago's 'Improv Nerd' Wasn't Prepared for Grief

If you haven't met the world's funniest man, he lives in Chicago. Jimmy Carrane made simply living funny with his long-running improv shows "I Am 27, I Still Live at Home and Sell Office Supplies" and "Living in a Dwarf's House." Now...Show More Summary

Guys, Gwyneth Paltrow Is in on the Joke

Is there a more convenient proverbial punching bag than Gwyneth Paltrow? Paltrow has achieved more success in more fields than most of us could conjure in even our wildest dreams. She's an Oscar winner. She's at the helm of Goop, initially just a newsletter and now a successful and growing lifestyle brand. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court Must Uphold the President's Lawful Immigration Actions

All across this country undocumented immigrants are living in fear of seeing their families torn apart because of our broken immigration system. Many of those immigrants are children who were brought here at a young age through no fault of their own. Show More Summary

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