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Taking Stock of Failure, Finding Ray of Hope From 2016 Legislative Session

For the second straight year, the Illinois General Assembly left Springfield this week without a budget in place for fiscal year that starts July 1. A year ago, when Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the Legislature first deadlocked over the FY 2016 budget, the situation today was unthinkable. Show More Summary

Real Government Shutdown May Be Only Way To End Budget Crisis

My how our expectations of our government have fallen over the past year. A year ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner rejected nearly all of the Democrats' budget, citing its $4 billion imbalance. While acknowledging a need for more tax revenue to...Show More Summary

I On Exceptional Living - The Chicago Edition

Irene Michaels, Arny Granat, Kay Rose, Richard Rose Photo Courtesy of Irene Michaels In I On Exceptional Living I have discussed a supermodel, Beverly Johnson, to a suburban-supermom, Vicki Reece, and now I am happy to continue the series...Show More Summary

King Rahm for Alderman!

(Chicago-Thursday June 2, 2016) Appointed 4th Ward Interim Alderman Holds Fundraiser Next Door to Opponents Campaign Office. When I heard that Rahm Emanuel's 4th Ward Aldermanic Appointee was having her fundraiser literally next door...Show More Summary

Illinois is Trashed Like North Avenue Beach

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek It appears someone has left half of our generation at the north avenue beach. -- Luke Wittenkeller (@ThatOneLukeKid) June 1, 2016 Hey Luke, What's up? You are so right. Show More Summary

Arianna Huffington to Hunter College Grads: To Create a Better World, Secure Your Own Oxygen Mask First

I had the great privilege of joining Arianna Huffington, HuffPost's editor-in-chief, at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony of my alma mater, Hunter College. Arianna gave the keynote address and was given the President's Medal by Hunter College President, Jennifer Raab. During the ceremony, I was reminded why Hunter holds such a unique place in my memory. Show More Summary

Poverty, Militarism and the Public Schools

What's the difference between education and obedience? If you see very little, you probably have no problem with the militarization of the American school system -- or rather, the militarization of the impoverished schools... the ones...Show More Summary

To the Little Kink-Haired Girl

Little kink-haired girl, you inspire me. Sitting with your texturally diverse friends while wearing your puffs and braids with casual confidence makes me feel so proud. I know that you just think that your barrettes are pretty and that...Show More Summary

Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Sexual Assault Survivor and You Can Help

Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I'm the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. Show More Summary

Is Governor Rauner Deliberately Trying to Turn Illinois Into a Third World Economy?

Governor Bruce Rauner (R) of Illinois has achieved a milestone- a little over one year into his first term and Illinois has the lowest credit rating of any state and is now tied with Alaska for the highest unemployment among states in the country at 6.6%. Show More Summary

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Failure and America's Future: A Reflection on the 50 Year Anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement

"I've been in many demonstrations all across the South, but I can say that I have never seen, even in Mississippi and Alabama, mobs as hostile and as hate-filled as I've seen in Chicago." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Following the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Dr. Show More Summary

In Chicago, Warning Shots Lead to Felony Charges

The violence in Chicago has reached a critical level, and holiday weekends like Memorial Day tend to particularly deadly. As of Sunday morning, May 30th, four people had been killed and thirty-six wounded since the holiday weekend began. Show More Summary

Time for Tribune Shareholders to Worry About Michael Ferro

Pictured: Tribune Publishing chairman Michael Ferro If nothing else, Gannett's $864 million takeover bid has exposed Tribune's farcical operations under chairman Michael Ferro. But instead of Titanic hitting the iceberg by accident,Show More Summary

American Shameless

In spite of being an avowed pacifist, I find myself (like much of America and indeed the world these days) a spectator to violence. Some of it is fictional, as in the television show, Shameless, set on the Southside of Chicago. SomeShow More Summary

The Only Way to Stop Killings in Chicago

Shootings and homicides continue to make headlines daily in Chicago. The police do their best to implement one strategy after another to help reduce gun violence, however, the strategies are coming up short as it relates to achieving real results. Show More Summary

Margaret Cho on Being a Survivor, Morality on the Internet and Some Truly Bizarre Snacks

What does Margaret Cho have to say? Well, just about everything! In this third episode of The Celebrity Dinner Party with Elysabeth Alfano, I sit down with Margaret Cho over tequila cocktails and guacamole and chips at the Sunset Marquis...Show More Summary

Doubek vs. Dietrich On Illinois House Democrats' Budget Bill

MADELEINE DOUBEK: Hey, Matt, so it looks like the brilliant, masterful House Speaker Mike Madigan has decided to throw the bipartisan working budget groups to the wind and is preparing to have his supermajority Democratic caucus vote...Show More Summary

Empathy for the Young Black Men in Chicago

Friday, May 20, 2016 a little before 4pm, a 49 year old Chicago woman was tragically shot and killed while exiting Starbucks two blocks away from Chicago Police Department Headquarters. Yvonne Nelson, a city employee with the OfficeShow More Summary

It's Time For Final Exams in Budget Deal-Making 101

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek All over Illinois, it's cramming time. Finals time. Time for tests before the break. In Springfield, too. Cramming time. Gov. Bruce Rauner reminded everyone Monday. We've got eight days left to get a deal done, he said. Show More Summary

The Tastiest Chicago Burgers of Instagram

May is national burger month which means for the last three weeks, people have been going crazy on Instagram. The month's not over but I can't wait, it's time to round-up the best burgers in Chicago thus far: 1. Grange Hall Burger Bar You can never go wrong with fried avocado, especially on a burger. Show More Summary

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