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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner explains his plans for the state's pension and budget crises

Illinois' budget crisis is only worsened by its growing pension crisis. Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek took a look at the plans Gov. Bruce Rauner hopes to implement to begin to fix both problems. Doubek writes: Much has been made of Gov. Show More Summary

Polling Shows Illinoisans Ready To Lead On Clean Energy

Hundreds of people are expected to show up at the state capitol in Springfield tomorrow for Earth Day rallies promoting clean energy in Illinois. Judging from the results of polling NRDC conducted in Illinois, the folks speaking out in Springfield this week are hardly alone. Show More Summary

Stop Superbugs: (M)eating Antibiotic-Free in Chicagoland

My friend Jennifer is a Supermom Against Superbugs. In 2006, her son Sam was training for football season and thought eating a chicken Caesar salad was a healthy choice. However, he became terribly sick from an antibiotic-resistant superbug and lost over 30 pounds. Show More Summary

How will the College of DuPage rebuild the public's trust?

With news that federal investigators have descended upon the College of DuPage to look into the spending habits of the school and some of its officials, Adam Andrzejewski, president of For the Good of Illinois, a watchdog group, hasShow More Summary

The Execution of Walter Scott

What needs to happen in the United States before law enforcement officials tell the truth in regards to their training and policies in the area of policing in the African American community? The Caucasian police officers did not just...Show More Summary

The Most Fitness-Friendly Cities in America

Photo credit: flickr Summer is almost here and with it, many people are looking to get in better shape. Find out now: How much house can I afford? At SmartAsset, we're all about helping people meet their biggest goals (like retirement and homeownership). Show More Summary

Illinois Tax Policies Can Be Rather Taxing

April doesn't just bring showers for May flowers. For accountants, this time of year is busier than Christmas as they help folks rush out their tax returns to the IRS. However, the IRS isn't the only way that the government collects citizen's dollars. In the U.S. Show More Summary

ERA? Not Merely Symbolic

This may come as a surprise, but women in our country are not guaranteed equal rights under our Constitution. It's as simple as that. Just ask Supreme Court Justice,Antonin Scalia. He confirmed this fact by saying to the California Lawyer in 2011 that "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. Show More Summary

Ten Lessons I Hope Every Pet Owner Learned from the Chicago Canine Influenza Outbreak

1. Establish a relationship with your veterinarian. When your pet is ill, you want to be able to call your veterinarian and schedule an examination appointment as soon as possible. During this Chicago Canine Influenza crisis, no current Animal Medical Center of Chicago client was ever told that we would not see his/her coughing pet the same day. Show More Summary

12 Unsolved Murders in Illinois since 1974

While it is the job of police in Illinois to solve crimes committed in the state, not every crime ends with an explanation and a conviction. The Illinois State Police has a list of 24 unsolved murders since September 1974, in hopes that...Show More Summary

Chef Homaro Cantu: Creative Genius and Giver of Gifts

Chef Homaro (Omar) Cantu said yes to everything. He was a believer in possibilities, in people, in change. An inventor, a creative genius and a leader in molecular gastronomy, as well as a Michelin-starred chef, Cantu believed that one...Show More Summary

Illinois Gov. Rauner's budget cuts and corporate tax breaks are confusing to some.

"For all these agencies to get a letter on April 3, Good Friday and Passover, it was a real kick in the gut." Sen. Dan Kotowski, D-Park Ridge "This experience right now is like watching an arsonist criticize the fireman for the manner in which he put out the arsonist's fire." Sen. Show More Summary

Egypt: There Is No Time Like the Present

This past October, amidst fear-based cries from all sides as to why I shouldn't, I left for Egypt for 10 days with one of my favorite travel partners. The itinerary was just what you would expect: Cairo and the Pyramids, a trip down the Nile, Luxor and its environs; a trip of one fabulous, mind-boggling ruin after another. Show More Summary

Six of the Best Illinois Bars Outside of Chicago

While Chicago might have the most famous bars of any other town in Illinois, other cities around the state have their fair share of watering holes, neighborhood joints and dive spots. Here are six great Illinois bars outside of Chicago,...Show More Summary

A Transcendent Carousel at Lyric Opera

Unlike Guys and Dolls or The Music Man, Carousel isn't a show that can simply rest on the strengths of its material. While a good number of classic musicals can lean on their score and inner charms to suffice for a pleasurable evening,...Show More Summary

Meet Illinois' New State Comptroller, Leslie Munger

Illinois' new Comptroller, Leslie Munger, came to occupy her office in a very different way than the other constitutional officers in the state. Munger, a longtime executive at Helene Curtis, ran unsuccessfully in November 2014 for the 59th District Illinois House seat against incumbent Democratic State Rep. Show More Summary

The Net Worth of Members of Congress From Illinois

There are 20 members of the U.S. Congress who represent Illinois or districts within Illinois. In 2013, the average net worth of U.S. Senators was $10.87 million and $7.15 million for Representatives. While wealth in the Senate has steadily...Show More Summary

The Shot Seen Around the World

Growing up unapologetically black in Chicago, I would always be amazed at the reaction of my white friends when I would recount my experiences with law enforcement, and my friends would always invariably respond with, "C'mon, Liv, you...Show More Summary

Takeaways From Rahm Emanuel's Win

Rahm Emanuel posted a double-digit win on Tuesday, beating Chuy Garcia by 12 points (56 percent Emanuel / 44 percent Garcia). Ultimately, after much ado about Emanuel being on the outs in February, the mayor held a lead throughout the entire runoff and closed out Garcia in a convincing manner. Show More Summary

When the Punishment No Longer Fits the Crime: Cook County and Illinois Seeking Solutions to Broken Criminal-justice System

Bad guys aren't the only ones who go to jail. One in 99 adults are living behind bars in the U.S. This marks the highest rate of imprisonment in American history, according to the Pew Center on States. Prison overcrowding is an issue...Show More Summary

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