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7 Ways Chicago Ended Up with an Emanuel-Garcia Runoff

Chicagoans spoke at the ballot boxes while voting for mayor Feb. 24 -- and their choice for the next leader of the city was not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia or for any of the three other candidates. Show More Summary

New Miracle Commodity: None Other Than Bamboo

In a time of new materials, a very old one is sneaking into our lives. You may have noticed that bamboo is making an appearance everywhere. There are bamboo floors -- I hear there is one in the Holman Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Show More Summary

Peace Behind Barbed Wire

As media ownership converges and technology "unites" us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit -- and therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic. This is the war on terror. This is the war on crime. Show More Summary

This Isn't 'Police Brutality' -- This Is Guantanamo

It comes too late to be a factor in today's mayoral election in Chicago, but this story will give you a sense of why I voted against the incumbent. The Chicago police operate a "black site" to which they take suspects for interrogation without booking them or giving them access to their lawyers. Show More Summary

With Chicago's mayoral election headed to a runoff, how badly do Chicagoans still want the "strongman" style of Emanuel?

When Rahm Emanuel rolled to victory in 2011 Chicago mayoral race -- the city's first real contest since Richard M. Daley's election in 1989 -- it seemed like a match made in political heaven. Emanuel embodied everything Chicago saw in itself: He was tough, brash, profane, smart, witty and successful. Show More Summary

Should Chicago Muslim Women Sue Their Imam for Sexual Abuse?

Social media is abuzz with the story of the well-respected imam in Chicago who is accused of abusing his female students. When I read the story, I got flashbacks to that painful moment of religious education in my childhood. I come from...Show More Summary

Education Funding Taking Hits Nationwide

Standard & Poor's Rating Services recently issued a negative outlook for nonprofit higher education for 2015. "Upping the Ante: Costs of Luring Top Students Keeps the Outlook Negative on U.S. Not-for-Profit Higher Education Sector" cites that colleges and universities will continue to struggle to balance their rising costs with student affordability. Show More Summary

The President, The Governor and Pullman

Last week, I had the honor and fun of taking my 10-year-old son James to Chicago's Pullman neighborhood to attend the signing ceremony for President Obama's Executive Order declaring the Pullman Historic District Illinois's second national monument. Show More Summary

How Many Millionaires Are There in Illinois?

After Gov. Bruce Rauner's Feb. 18 budget address that called for steep cuts to spending in order to recover the state's financial stability, House Speak Michael Madigan revived talk of a "millionaire tax" in Illinois. Nearly 64 percent of Illinois voters favored the "millionaire tax" advisory question on the Nov. Show More Summary

Illinois' Medical Marijuana Law Might Be 'A Violation of Civil Rights'

In January Gov. Bruce Rauner gave several medical marijuana dispensary owners the go-ahead to open retail locations, allowing medical marijuana patients to get access to their medicine a year after the treatment was legalized in Illinois. Show More Summary

Why You Shouldn't Finish the Sentence of a Person Who Stutters

I think I'm finally at the point in my life where the uncomfortable fog over my thoughts has lifted and I'm able to look ahead and think clearly. I have goals. I have to-do lists. I have a pro-con list as well (thanks, Rory Gilmore)....Show More Summary

Why I Choose to Be the Annoying Friend

I am an annoying friend. I am the person that gets unfollowed on Facebook and that people avoid mentioning certain topics around. I am the friend constantly sharing petition and calls to action, political articles and news stories. At...Show More Summary

Women's Rights at 87th Oscars: Why #AskHerMore Should Focus on Asking Actresses to Run for Office!

The #AskHerMore twitter campaign highlighted at last night's 87th Academy Awards by Reese Witherspoon and others, points out the disparity in the types of questions asked of the 44 women nominees compared with those asked of their male counterparts. Show More Summary

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

I stood with Mama safely under an awning as shards of ice slipped from tree branches and shattered onto the sidewalk. We'd been there for ten minutes at my insistence, waiting for the ice to stop threatening our vulnerable heads, but...Show More Summary

The Most Important (and New) Rule of Elevator Etiquette

I have never asked anyone to hold an elevator for me, nor do I think that anyone should ever make such a request. It's rude. I'm standing in the elevator, floor button depressed and alighted, doors sliding shut, ready to launch, when...Show More Summary

The Agency Vince Built: Chicago Entrepeneur and Family's Five Decades in Travel Industry

The formula for a profitable, long-lasting business has yet to be conceived. It doesn't exist. Even the entrepreneur with the most chutzpah and proven track record will invariably reference numerous false starts, bad timing, and personal failures before finding success. Show More Summary

The 21 Best Fried Chicken Spots in America

By: Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers Fried chicken just might be the world's most versatile food. It makes just as much sense at the dinner table or in your car or at breakfast with waffles, as it does at 3 a.m. out of the fridge or during the seventh-inning stretch of an intramural, co-ed softball game. Show More Summary

Rauner's Illinois pension plan a budget "booby trap?"

Back in December, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Democrats had concocted a "booby-trap budget" that would detonate just as he took office. He was right. But is Rauner setting another trap with a new pension reform plan he proposed last week? Rich Miller of Capitol Fax explains. Miller writes: Set aside the fact that both Rep. Show More Summary

13 Million Illinois Citizens Named Bruce

The billionaire Republican Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, injected himself into ceremonies in Chicago last week presided over by the city’s Democratic mayor and the nation’s Democratic president. Rauner insisted on attending because...Show More Summary

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

Co-written with Abraham Scarr, Director of Illinois PIRG Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives. Show More Summary

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