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Illinois 18th Congressional Candidates Support Climate Action in Democratic Debate

The two Democrats running to replace Aaron Schock in Illinois' 18th Congressional district supported action on climate change in a recent debate sponsored by several news organizations. Both candidates mentioned a letter from Pope Francis calling on Catholics to make combating climate change a top priority. Show More Summary

The 10 Best Bakeries in America

Visiting an actual bakery to buy bread is like going to a butcher to buy meat or a fishmonger to buy fish -- a dying habit. The convenience of grocery stores is that you can purchase all these items in once place, but there is something to be said for buying goods from dedicated businesses, often small, that have their specialty down to a science. Show More Summary

A look at Michael Madigan's "non-budget"

Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek has little use for House Speaker Michael Madigan's oft-repeated accusation that Gov. Bruce Rauner is being unreasonable and "extreme" by trying to use "non-budget issues" as bargaining chips in deadlocked budget talks: House Speaker Michael Madigan, the wily one, says it's unfortunate and distracting because Gov. Show More Summary

Ouch! 9 Of The Least Safe Hospitals In Illinois

If you want to make sure you get the best quality care from hospitals in your area, Consumer Reports' 2015 rankings of the safest hospitals in Illinois is a good place to start your research. Consumer Reports used data from various state...Show More Summary

Lessons on Building Company Culture from the Chicago Blackhawks

Winning a championship in any professional sport is a war of attrition. Getting to the top in the National Hockey League takes added resolve and finesse. An 80-game season alone takes its toll on teams. Then there is the regrouping for...Show More Summary

The Royal Ballet's "Don Quixote" and Celebration Gala (PHOTOS)

It was a royal week for Chicago when The Royal Ballet, Great Britain's most prestigious ballet company based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, came into town (oh yeah, and that time the Blackhawks brought home the Stanley Cup) after a 37-year-absence bringing their critically-acclaimed performance of Carlos Acosta's "Don Quixote". Show More Summary

Gloria and Emilio Estefan's "On Your Feet" Renews Faith in the American Dream

On Your Feet!, the musical of the life and music of Gloria and Emilio Estefan now playing at the Oriental Theatre through July 5, reminds me of one of my favorite lessons: You are never going to be any better than yourself. And the moment...Show More Summary

NeoCon 2015: The Year of the Work-Life Blur

NeoCon 2015 did not disappoint. While the residential influence has been slowly creeping into the contract furniture market, this year it hit a new decibel. The furniture industry is answering the call beyond seeking a work-life balance to manifesting a true work-life blur. Show More Summary

Judge Grants Injunction Against Mark Diamond

Lillie Williams said she was the subject of a reverse mortage/home repair scam orchestrated by Mark Diamond. Jon Lowenstein/NOOR Life for Chicago businessman Mark Diamond got harder last week, even as questions remain for some aboutShow More Summary

Rauner's ad blitz: Slow now, could ramp up later

Last week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner released a TV ad campaign aiming to convince regular Illinoisans to side with him, and not House Speaker Michael Madigan, on the state's budget debate. Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says the governor's ad was not as foreceful as some might have expected them to be, but it still wasn't not necessarily productive: Gov. Show More Summary

The One Thing You Should Have Figured Out By the Time You Turn 26

Growing up, I didn't really understand what it meant to take the road less traveled, to wander off the beaten path, to explore life and to live with wonder. I thought you were supposed to get the grades, pursue the extracurricular activities,...Show More Summary

Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks in Illinois

Do you know where you'll be watching fireworks for the Fourth this year? If you haven't already made plans, you've come to the right place. With the help of FireworksinIllinois.com, we've put together a list of the hundreds of fireworks...Show More Summary

Eye roll: Madigan's claim Rauner is "operating in the extreme"

Two things have had my eyes rolling as Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan conduct their extended stare-down over the state budget. One is Madigan's oft-repeated claim that Rauner is "operating in the extreme" on theShow More Summary

State Rep. Batinick: Our biggest problem is not pensions or the budget

Reboot Illinois is talking to 22 new Illinois legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, what they love about Illinois and what kinds of things they do when not making new laws. Here is an edited version of our conversation with Rep. Show More Summary

Point/counter-point: Unions in Illinois

Michael Lucci, director of jobs and growth at the Illinois Policy Institute and Frank Manzo, the policy director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute wrote about their thoughts on unions, workers, manufacturing and construction in Illinois at Reboot Illinois. Show More Summary

Can we Celebrate the Blackhawks Without the Air Horns, Please?

On Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at home for the first time in 77 years. Some sources say that the team's win was fueled by the determination to give sports reporters the chance to write articles with headlines...Show More Summary

What Budget Crisis? The Truth About Illinois State Revenue

Illinois working families already pay their fair share. Big banks, large corporations and the wealthy, however, continue to pay less and less to support the infrastructure that our state needs to thrive. The result? The lives of hundreds...Show More Summary

Cycle Naked -- Your Brain Will Thank You

I took up cycling several years ago after reading multiple scientific studies concluding that the simple act of repetitive clockwise leg movement while hunched over and struggling to breathe (my definition of cycling) improves memory and concentration while reducing stress and anxiety. Show More Summary

5 Madigan/Cullerton Quotes About Budget Talks

In the efforts to come to a budget agreement in Springfield by July 1, an unusual but unsurprising pattern has developed in the deadlocked talks. It goes like this: Gov. Bruce Rauner, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President...Show More Summary

After Rauner's ad blitz, Madigan and Cullerton respond

After Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's TV ad campaign began Monday, casting House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative Democrats as the reason that a budget deal has not yet been reached, Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton reacted. Show More Summary

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