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The Top Ten Cities for Creatives

A thriving creative class is a key feature of nearly every successful modern city. A vibrant culture is not only valuable in its own right, it also often serves to attract and inspire talented workers in non-creative fields, creating a rising tide that benefits the entire city. Show More Summary

Reparations for the 99%

Seven years after the housing crisis, which led to the financial crisis, which led to the recession, it may be time to review what happened to the people, the government, and the financial industry (banks, mortgage lenders, and investment firms). Show More Summary

The ADA at 25: A Commitment to Our Neighbors

In 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, I had not yet made my decision to begin ROTC and a career of military service. I had no idea that I would join the Army, become a Blackhawk helicopter pilot and serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. Show More Summary

10 Illinois Counties With the Fewest Rapes Per Capita

(Editor's note: This article is the latest installment of our occasional series on criminal activity in Illinois. You can find previous articles hereĀ and here.) The term "sexual assault" can cover a multitude of sex-related crimes. For this reason, its use in crime statistical applications can sometimes be ineffective. Show More Summary

Rauner's Business Reform Plan Could Face First Test With Plant Closing

No sooner had the closing of the Normal Mitsubishi plant been announced last week than critics of Illinois' business climate pounced on the news. The plant, which opened in 1988 and employs 1,200 workers, will close in November as Mitsubishi Motors consolidates its manufacturing operations in Asia, the company announced July 24. Show More Summary

13 of the Most Haunted Cemeteries in Illinois

Although cemeteries can be places of tranquility for some, for others cemeteries arouse fear and trepidation. Some who have traversed cemeteries tell stories of gripping ghost encounters that could convince even staunch skeptics not to walk the grounds of cemeteries that are supposedly laced with paranormal activity. Show More Summary

Six Months In, How Does Rauner Stack Up on Transparency Promises?

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek says Gov. Bruce Rauner's oft-stated campaign goal of bringing unprecedented transparency to the governor's office is proving more difficult in practice than in stump speeches: Six months into his term, Bruce Rauner has become quite secretive for such a self-proclaimed transparent governor. Show More Summary

The 8 Top Southern Dishes

By John T. Edge for Garden & Gun Where to go for the best barbecue, biscuits, fried chicken, and more (From left: Lissa Gotwals; Rush Jagoe; Whitney Ott) Parsed into old-school and new-school categories, the collection that follows showcases my favorites culled from five years on the road, throughout the South and beyond. Show More Summary

Map: Where the Illinois Budget Shutdown Is Felt the Most

As Illinois' budget impasse continues, the lack of funding for government agencies and the organizations they support is starting to take a toll. Check out the map below that shows where the effects of the Illinois state government shutdown are being felt. Show More Summary

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and Schools Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be nearly as much money available for schools or social services as there could be, because the state's pension liabilities are eating it all up. Show More Summary

Durbin and Kelly: Petcoke Is Everyone's Problem, Not Just Chicago and Detroit

Like every protracted campaign, the battle to defeat the blight of petcoke on Chicago's Southeast Side has had good and bad days. Especially for the neighborhood where the petcoke is dumped. A couple weeks ago, Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Robin Kelly supplied one of the good days. Show More Summary

21 Family-Friendly Water Parks and Pools in Illinois

Now that the snow has finally melted away and the summer heat beats down on Illinois, you might be looking for a place to take a dip in the pool or take your family on a day-trip. Although there are more pools and water parks in Illinois than someone can probably visit in a lifetime, here are 21, in no particular order. Show More Summary

Money That Could Be Going to Social Services and School Is Instead Going to Illinois' Pension Debt

Illinois state elected officials are working on creating a budget for the new fiscal year. But even once that budget is agreed upon, there won't be nearly as much money available for schools or social services as there could be, because the state's pension liabilities are eating it all up. Show More Summary

5 Private Illinois Colleges With the Biggest Tuition Increases 2015-2016

Difficulty arises for Illinois colleges that might rely on state funding For college students and their parents, the increases in tuition costs are becoming a growing concern. It's important for parents to know which colleges are hiking...Show More Summary

Rauner Yet to Act on Reverse Mortgage Bill

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has yet to act on reverse mortgage legislation he received in late June. Photo Credit: Steven Vance, under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 The Springfield budget wars between first-year Gov. Bruce Rauner and...Show More Summary

Armed Insecurity

"... no real security, just powers of retaliation." This was Norman Mailer, four-plus decades ago, writing in Miami and the Siege of Chicago about the obsessive security measures -- "helicopters riding overhead like roller coasters,Show More Summary

Court Filings by Illinois Attorney General and Comptroller Show Rising Friction

I've already said my piece about whether the Illinois Comptroller's Office should be allowed to continue issuing state employee payroll without a state budget authorizing it to do so. (See "Illinois Constitution exists to impose order,...Show More Summary

11 Illinois State Employees Who Make More Than $100,000

Last year there were 8,853 state government employees who earned more than $100,000. These figures account for the 10.8 percent of all state workers who earned paychecks from the Illinois Comptroller's Office for 2014. These salary figures...Show More Summary

The Flags Are Coming Down. What Now?

The Charleston church massacre was an act of terror that left a deep emotional scar on the country. It shook our faith and, for many African Americans, made us wonder out loud if there was any safe space left. The tragedy was a tipping point that led to the Confederate flag coming down from the South Carolina State Capitol. Show More Summary

Rauer's Anti-Madigan Mailers Show Political Strategy

With Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's major political cash reserves, his campaign can continue, even six months after he was sworn in as governor. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller takes a look at the situation: House Speaker Michael Madigan told reporters earlier this month that he'd had a "frank discussion" with Gov. Show More Summary

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