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Should Illinois end public employee pensions?

Illinois currently has at least $100 billion in unfunded pensions and the amount public workers and all Illinoisans must contribute to the retirement funds of teachers, police officers and others is only expected to increase. Is it time...Show More Summary

Dold's Israel Partisanship is Unacceptable

Ex-Congressman Robert Dold continues to cross a time-honored line by refusing to respect the hard-earned, bipartisan support for the U.S.-Israel relationship in Congress. I've been active in pro-Israel politics for a long time, and I thought I'd seen everything. Show More Summary

We Tried It: Sproing Sport

What We Tried: Sproing Sport Where: The Sproing Sport studio is located in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood at 1652 N. Wells Street. What We Did: Classes are 45 minutes long and consist of 30 minutes of HIIT (high-intensity interval...Show More Summary

Civil Rights or Civil Wrongs: A Closer Look at the Common Core

From the very beginnings of No Child Left Behind, the strongest argument for attaching stakes to standardized tests has been one of Civil Rights. This argument is shorthand for equity in education, an end to the systemic neglect of children of color. Show More Summary

Toledo's Troubles: Vivid Example of Why We Need to Act on Climate and Clean Water

The troubles in Toledo this weekend might seem the stuff of science fiction (as an aside, just listen to the stories running on Chicago Public Radio), but the truth is that a major American city, perched along the Great Lakes just went...Show More Summary

Where Was the Diversity at Bruce Rauner's Companies?

It's a campaign. So people expect pandering to be somewhat commonplace. So maybe I shouldn't be offended by Bruce Rauner's pandering to minority communities. But I am. I previously wrote about the lack of diversity at GTCR, the private equity firm founded and run by Bruce Rauner. Show More Summary

Rauner proposes service taxes in Illinois

Unlike his opponent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner said he favors allowing the Illinois income tax to fall to 3 percent by the end of his four-year term should he win in November. Rauner also said he thinks many services in the state should be taxed just like goods. Show More Summary

12 Slogans and Nicknames of Illinois Cities

Did you know that Chicago is called The Windy City not because of the weather, but because a newspaper article claimed it was full of hot air politicians? Or that the Illinois House of Representatives voted to make Kewanee the official...Show More Summary

Changing Demographics, Bloated Budgets Shape Changing Fair Landscape Across the Country

Growing up in Delaware, Ohio, I always went to the county fair. Without fail, my little sister and I gorged on elephant ears, played carnival games and were flung about on the Tilt-a-Whirl. Delaware County was country: Three of the four public high schools back then were largely rural. Show More Summary

Why I'm Finally Sharing the Photos I Hid for Years

A re you happy with what you see when you look in the mirror? It's a challenge for most of us to love our bodies and fully embrace our appearances. Kate Fox, co-director of the Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford, England, claims:...Show More Summary

Illinois is a "Sinkhole State" says new report

A new report from Truth in Accounting calls Illinois a financial "Sinkhole State" and says it has the second-worst taxpayer burden in the country. That means that for Illinois to pay all of its debt right now, every taxpayer in the state...Show More Summary

13 Illinois Private Schools That Could Cost You an Arm and a Leg

In 2013, Illinois public schools spent an average of $11,842 per student in total expenses ($7,000 if measured strictly for classroom expenses), according to the Illinois State Board of Education's State Report Card. That cost is spread...Show More Summary

WATCH: He's Related To Obama, Clinton And Einstein.. Here's How To Know If You Are Too

Could you be cousins with Barack Obama? What about Gwyneth Paltrow or Albert Einstein? It's entirely possible. Find out why we're all more connected than you might think. We want to know what you think. Join the discussion by posting a comment below or tweeting #TEDWeekends. Show More Summary

Teacher Time

Every profession measures time differently. Doctors and lawyers measure time in hours or vague lumps. Teachers measure time in minutes, even seconds. If a doctor (or his office) tell you that something is going to happen "at nine o'clock," that means sometime between 9:30 and noon. Show More Summary

The Most Expensive 'Hoods for Renters: Chicago Edition

The Windy City is one of the more affordable major metropolitan markets compared to San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., with median rent less than half than the citywide median rent in San Francisco. While...Show More Summary

Poll finds Durbin, White ahead in 2014 races

A new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll shows U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin maintaining the 15-point lead he registered in a previous survey over his Republican challenger, state Sen. Jim Oberweis.Out of all respondents, 53.11 percent said...Show More Summary

The Day I Brought A Mouse To The Office And Fell In Love With HuffPost

My apartment had a mouse infestation when my HuffPost internship began in 2010. Today is my last day with the company, and I find myself thinking about one mouse from that time in particular.  On one of my first days in the old intern office, I was filing a story on Michael Vick's pit bulls when my bag shuffled an inch across the desk. Show More Summary

Raising the Dead in Chicago

I prayed with the family of 11-year-old Shemiya Adams who was killed by a stray bullet at a children's sleepover. I spoke at the funeral of Jasmine Curry -- a 24-year-old pregnant mother of five who was shot and killed on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. Show More Summary

Poll results show Rauner's lead over Quinn growing

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner holds a 14-point lead over Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in a new Reboot Illinois/We Ask America poll. The new poll was conducted July 28, after the candidates shared their proposed plans to balance the state's budget. Show More Summary

Absence Makes the Dance Grow Stronger

Michael Estanich and Lucy Vurusic-Riner Mutual respect. These are two words that form the cornerstone of any healthy long-term relationship -- personal or professional. Even so, it's often hard to check the ol' ego at the door for the greater good of the partnership. Show More Summary

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