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Rauner claims victim status in budget impasse; Jim Edgar doesn't buy it

The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece written by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich: Here is Gov. Bruce Rauner discussing the Illinois budget impasse last week at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago: Here is Rauner threeShow More Summary

Ballast Water Battle in DC and Federal Court

The battle against invasive species has been going on in the Great Lakes for decades. Zebra and quagga mussels. Round gobies. The VHS virus, often charmingly referred to as "fish ebola." These and the other tiny critters, plants andShow More Summary

Principle-Free Principal Training

Chicago taxpayers undoubtedly slept better this week after being reassured by former Board of Education President David Vitale that they got their money's worth from the now-infamous $20.5 million, no-bid contract between CPS and SUPES Academy. Show More Summary

How Much Does Illinois Collect in State Taxes Per Person?

It's fair to say Illinois' taxpayers are well-versed in the art of paying taxes, but how much does the state goverment collect in taxes per capita? And how do we compare to other states? The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan research think tank, answered these questions by calculating how much each state collects in state taxes per person. Show More Summary

David Baldacci's Never-Ending Love of Writing

David Baldacci has to be one of the most prolific writers writing today. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. Including his book coming out next month, David has published 36 novels for adults and young adults. Show More Summary

5 Good Arguments for Scraping and Keeping the James R. Thompson Center

Will Gov. Bruce Rauner get his wish to sell the James R. Thompson Center to the highest bidder? It's up to the Illinois General Assembly, more than three-fifths of which is controlled by the Democrats with whom Rauner now is fighting bitterly over the state budget. Show More Summary

Five-and-a-Half Reasons the Cubs Are Better Off as Losers

It's been hard to ignore the excitement of Cubs fans out there. Sure, there are plenty of die-hards who have always been loyal fans, but the bandwagon jumpers far outweigh the real fanatics of the North Side ball club. I myself used to live in the shadow of Wrigley Field and absolutely love the town, the neighborhood and the fans. Show More Summary

Unleashing Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy

One of America's greatest assets is the ingenuity of its people. President Obama has been driving that theme home since the beginning of his Administration. At EPA, we've seen time and again that by unleashing homegrown American innovation, we can bring about big wins for both the environment and the economy. Show More Summary

Top 10 Most and Least Expensive Illinois Cities for Renters

If you're in the market for a new place and are looking to rent, the cities in which you're searching can make a big difference on the amount you shell out each month. Zumper, an apartment rental website, says the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Illinois is $1,090 as of October. Show More Summary

Thompson Center Expensive, Inefficient, but in a Valuable Location, Rauner Says

The experience of stepping into the seat of state government in Chicago -- the James R. Thompson Center -- is much like that of stepping into the seat of state government in Springfield -- the Capitol. You're instantly struck by the vast expanse of open space that carries your eye skyward to a distant glass circle. Show More Summary

Why Every Black Activist Should Stand With Rasmea Odeh

As a Black activist, many people ask me why I choose to support Palestinian rights. While the answer is in some ways complicated -- triggering significant personal and political questions for me -- in other ways it is quite simple: I stand in solidarity with anyone fighting for freedom. Show More Summary

Teens Trade Relationships for Easier Alternatives

By Maggie Harden, Vernon Hills and Daniel Vogwill, Chicago Agricultural Dating is a different experience than it was a generation ago. Parents who once were "going steady" don't understand the complicated dance that is modern high school dating. Show More Summary

Busting the Myths about the Illinois Budget Impasse

Gov. Bruce Rauner recently has said the $5 billion unbalanced budget passed by Democrats last year not only was unconstitutional, but that it also has led to the current standoff in Springfield. What Rauner hasn't talked about his the...Show More Summary

The Church We Want: A Communion of Love

Religion is a very personal thing. This is why religious arguments are usually very complex and emotionally charged. Even though most institutionalized religions have their own sets of creeds, beliefs and practices, there is no guarantee...Show More Summary

Woodlawn: Can Jesus Fix Race Relations?

Woodlawn tells the true story of race, rivalry and religion within the confines of Birmingham Alabama's Woodlawn High School, the last school in Birmingham to integrate. The story follows wonder kid athlete "Touchdown" Tony Nathan (portrayed...Show More Summary

Fortune 500 Companies in Illinois With the Most Cash Stashed Overseas

Dozens of Illinois Fortune 500 companies in 2014 had more than $135 billion in offshore tax havens, according to a new report published by Citizens for Tax Justice and the Illinois PIRG Education Fund. The report, "Offshore Shell Games...Show More Summary

Welcome to "Forward Chicago"

The sign on the door says "C'mon In!" You walk into a FORWARD CHICAGO gathering, an autumn harvest potluck. Following the flow of Helene and Richard's home, the doors in the back thrown open to the lush green trees, poised for change, to their boat dock and the gently rushing waters of the North Branch of The Chicago River. Show More Summary

Oh the Irony: "Back to the Future" Writer Who Predicted 2015 Cubs World Series Win Is Cards Fan

How's this for irony? When the movie "Back to the Future II" came out in 1989, the joke was self-evident: Things are so crazy in the far-off world of 2015 that the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Then came the 2015 Chicago Cubs. Suddenly, the Cubs-defeat-Miami gag doesn't seem quite so jokey. Show More Summary

The Top 10 Most Haunted Cities in Illinois, Says Mysterious Heartland

For years, the website Mysterious Heartland has sought out some of the most notable haunted locations throughout Illinois and the Midwest. As Mysterious Heartland's Michael Kleen points out, some people argue Illinois is one of the most...Show More Summary

Here We Go Again... Rauner and Madigan Resume War of Words

Like a reoccurring nightmare, Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan on Wednesday returned to their fierce fighting tactics over the state budget standoff. Rauner initiated the latest back-and-forth in a speech to the Chicago...Show More Summary

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