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Top 10 Things To Do In Illinois This Winter

Let's be honest- winter isn't always the most exciting season in Illinois. It's cold, sometimes snowy and plenty of people just want to stay indoors and catch up on Netflix. But if you think there's nothing to do, you're missing out....Show More Summary

Sun-Times Reconstructs Laquan McDonald Settlement In This Timeline of Events

Lawyers for the mother and sister of Laquan McDonald initially demanded $16 million from the city of Chicago to settle a wrongful death claim and avoid a lawsuit. Using court documents, the Chicago Sun-Times reconstructed the timeline of events that led to the eventual settlement of the case for $5 million. Show More Summary

Dissecting the Irreversibly Altered Brain of a Pro Football Fan

Our hour was up, and I happened to mention the Bears game as we walked off the court. My tennis partner smothered the endorphin glow by barking that responsible people ought to stop watching pro football, because -- well, because it's simply bad in just about every way. Intellectually, I didn't disagree. Show More Summary

Jesus Emanuel's Health Care Plan

Rain that just kept coming. Creepy warm winds on the first day of winter in Chicago as Jesus steps on to the evening Brown Line train and I start to turn my eyes away. Because I know what he's about to show us. I steel myself to pay attention as Jesus gingerly stands up to address the car full of rush hour soldiers. Show More Summary

Breaking Through The Illinois Budget Reality Distortion Field

House Speaker Michael Madigan won't budge on opposing Gov. Bruce Rauner's reforms and also won't acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, some of the actions by ruling Democrats from 2003-2015 might have contributed the fiscal disaster and...Show More Summary

Top 10 New Illinois Laws You Should Know for 2016

The new year is coming up and you know what that means -- counting down until midnight, messing up the date for weeks and a whole bunch of new Illinois laws. Though there are plenty more new ones than listed below, here are five of the Top 10 going into effect in 2016. 1. Show More Summary

Rauner and Madigan Want Surrender, Not Compromise

In October 2010, I wrote what may go down as the most back-handed candidate endorsement in the history of my former employer, The State Journal-Register. I can sum it up neatly with just the first and last paragraphs: If we have learned anything from the past eight years, it is this: Illinois Democrats don't work well together... Show More Summary

Blogger Attacked In Defamation Lawsuit

A Canadian blogger is under attack, accused of defamation by an Ontario based consulting firm. Mark Silverthorn is currently being sued by New Beginnings Debt Consulting for $100,000. Along with monetary compensation, the lawsuit also demands he remove his blog posts about the company. Show More Summary

The Best of Star Wars Themed Food in Chicago

The force is strong with these Chicago bars and restaurants that are pumping out creative concoctions to celebrate the release of the new Star Wars movie: The Force Awakens. These chefs and mixologists are going beyond the basic (Darth...Show More Summary

Top 10 Quotes From Rich Miller's City Club of Chicago Speech

If you're a regular visitor to Reboot Illinois, you know that Capitol Fax publisher Rich Miller is one of the most astute observers of Illinois state government and politics. His weekly column is a regular feature on this site and his newsletter and blog are among the top sources for news and views on goings-on in the Capitol. Show More Summary

Rahm Must Go!

It appears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is currently facing one of the toughest fights of his political career due to the Laquan McDonald cover up. It's hard to believe that the Mayor did not check out the facts surrounding the killing of Laquan McDonald before agreeing to a settlement with the McDonald Family totaling $5 million. Show More Summary

Royko and Trump at Christmas

What if the great writer Mike Royko had left Don Trump a Christmas present? Trump left his security detail out on State Street and walked in early and alone. New jeans, green raincoat and a black baseball cap. Carrying a backpack. Trump in disguise. Show More Summary

Which School Districts in Illinois Have the Highest Rate of Suspensions, Expulsions?

Getting suspended or expelled from school are usually top punishments for misbehaving students, but some Illinois school districts use them more often than others. Searching the Illinois State Board of Education's 2015 End of Year Discipline...Show More Summary

An Accessible Trip Down Chicago

Chicago has a lot to offer a lot of people. The tantalizing notion that there's always something to see and do in the windy City is enough to make even the newest traveler perk up in interest. Chicago thrives on many aspects, the elegant...Show More Summary

Comparing Illinois' Corporate, Individual Income Tax to Neighbor States

Illinois collected $4.3 billion in corporate income tax revenue in 2014, accounting for approximately 21.1 percent of the total income tax revenue generated last year. At the time, the state's corporate income tax rate, which includes...Show More Summary

Want to Stop Police Killings? Then White People Need to Truly Care.

If you haven't heard the name Cedric Chatman, then you should know his name. Cedric is another tragic example of a black youth being killed by police and a city trying to cover up the murder. Cedric was killed nearly three years ago, almost two years before Laquan McDonald. Show More Summary

David vs. Goliath: Mike Madigan's Primary Challenger Says He's Not Intimidated

House Speaker Michael Madigan has been in the Illinois General Assembly since 1971, has been speaker of the Illinois House for all but two years since 1983 and is chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. He's widely regarded as the...Show More Summary

Illinois Has Three of the Midwest's Top 10 'Most Dangerous' Metro Areas

Illinois is home to three of the Midwest's Top 10 most dangerous metropolitan areas, including the No. 1 most violent, according to the latest installment in Law Street Media's "Crime in America 2016? rankings. The legal policy and news...Show More Summary

Why Trump Is Wrong on Banning Muslims

Donald Trump's recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States has been widely condemned by many people from both the right and the left for many reasons. The first, people argue that this kind of political rhetoric feeds into the narrative of radicalization within marginal Islamic fundamentalist enclaves throughout the world. Show More Summary

Canine Influenza: New H3N2 Vaccine for Dogs

Last spring, thousands of dogs in the Chicagoland area were innocently exposed to a newly arrived Canine Influenza Virus from South Korea, called H3N2. Daycare and boarding facilities were voluntarily closed for weeks to minimize viral spread. Show More Summary

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