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Once Allies, Rauner and Rahm Now Enemies on Chicago Public Schools

"Instead of doing the hard work of fixing Illinois' broken education funding formula, Bruce Rauner has wasted 18 months of his term holding the entire state hostage in the name of workers' compensation and right to work. After all that...Show More Summary

Free State of Jones

Unremarked upon in Ken Burns terrific documentary about the Civil War, a group of Confederate soldiers, after surrendering at Vicksburg, were paroled, over the objections of William Tecumseh Sherman, by U.S. Grant. Grant's opinion was...Show More Summary

Illinois Bond Deal a Good Deal Only in the Most Optimistic Interpretation

For many years, whenever I typed the words "Illinois credit downgrade" in an editorial or column, I could practically feel my readers' eyes glaze over. As important as a government's credit rating is, stories describing the state's descent...Show More Summary

The title of this piece is the website for the 50th high school reunion for the class of 1966 at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois. It is to be held September 9-10 in the stunning rooftop Monaco Ballroom of the Doubletree Hotel (9599 Skokie Blvd.) in Skokie, Illinois. Show More Summary

Plenty of Anger, but Little Chance to Vent at Polls in November

With Illinois state finances in a shambles and our leaders -- who were elected to make hard decisions -- intent on postponing any hard decisions until after they're safely elected again in November, there's a lot of pent-up IllinoisShow More Summary

A Billionaire Governor Says Protests Don't Matter. He's Wrong.

"If protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn't have any problems." That's what Governor Bruce Rauner, a billionaire Republican politician and former private equity executive, had to say when 10,000 concerned citizens journeyed toShow More Summary

I On Beauty Chapter 18 - For Tresses Feeling Their Age

PHOTO COURTESY OF IRENE MICHAELS One of the most frightening experiences to me was when my hair was starting to fall out, I was absolutely beside myself. Although it's common to lose up to 100 strands of hair in a day, hair loss canShow More Summary

Tribute to the Victims of the Orlando Shooting

When any human being dies, a part of me dies. The death of any human being should affect each of us because we are one; every human being belongs to me just as I belong to every human being. My life just as my death is of infinite significance...Show More Summary

A Coalition Of Hope For Saving Imperiled Iguanas

Collaborative post by Charles Knapp, Vice President of Conservation Research, John G. Shedd Aquarium; Stesha Pasachnik, Conservation Research Postdoctoral Associate, San Diego Zoo Global; Tandora Grant, Senior Research Coordinator, San...Show More Summary

Citizen-Led Illinois Redistricting Reform Effort Notches Another Key Milestone

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek How about some good news about citizens taking control of their own government? The citizen-led Independent Map Amendment initiative easily cleared hefty signature requirement hurdles, was deemed valid and won tentative approval Monday to appear on the Nov. Show More Summary

10 Simple Strategies for Outstanding Customer Service

I remember very clearly the first time I really understood the importance of customer service. We were still a young company when floods hit Chicago back in 2010. All of our teams stayed busy, but my employees were especially concerned about an elderly client. The torrential rains had completely flooded his home and washed away his garden out back. Show More Summary

Envisioning Peace

Chicago Foundation for Women joins the nation in honoring the lives of those lost in this weekend's deadly shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. What would already be a horrific crime is made all the more devastating that it happened...Show More Summary

Every Major Development in the Stanford Rape Case, in One Place

The Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner. (jocelynbyrd/Flickr) On January 17, 2015, Brock Turner, then a student at Stanford University, raped an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The sexual assault was witnessed by two grad students passing by on bicycles, who tackled the rapist, who tried to flee, and helped the victim. Show More Summary

Don't Allow Haters Win in Orlando

The worst thing we could do right now is compound a horrible act of anti-LGBT hate by promoting anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate. To use the worst shooting tragedy in U.S. history to promote Trump-like behavior would be despicable. It...Show More Summary

Pat Quinn Pushes Chicago Term Limits, Elected Office for Chicago Consumer Advocate

Before serving as governor from 2009 to 2015, Pat Quinn was known as a rabble-rousing reformer who, most famously, led a 1980 citizen initiative that cut the membership of the Illinois House by one-third. A year and a half after losing...Show More Summary

#DoYourJob, #ILBudgetNow: Use These Hashtags and Send a Message to Springfield

Events this week in state politics inspired us to begin promotion of two Twitter hashtags: #doyourjob and #ilbudgetnow. We hope you'll join us in using these tags to send a message to Springfield. A week that had started out with atShow More Summary

Chicago Police Cannot Stop Killings

This post is not intended to serve as a criticism of the Chicago Police Department, but a learning opportunity for police and the community at large. Since the beginning of 2016, shootings and homicides have escalated in Chicago. The...Show More Summary

The Water Circus is Coming to Town

Chicago is about to dive into the magical world of Cirque Italia, the first ever Italian water circus, when it returns to town with a brand new show June 9-12 and June 16-19. This amazing traveling, European-style circus is filled with...Show More Summary

Fierce Conversations - Be Intentional About Developing Poor Communities

Chicagoans weekly brace for news reports with the latest shooting death tally, public school funding crisis or failings on the part of elected officials. But they're not sitting idly waiting for answers. As common is the expectation of bad news, Chicago residents are keen to author their own solutions. Show More Summary

Summertime in Chicago Bucket List

There is literally something to do every day in the summertime in Chicago. And I don't mean literally in the way most people use it. I mean every day, without fail, there is something going on. So instead of listing the endless events,...Show More Summary

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