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Opinion: Trying to reboot Illinois without bashing it

Opinion by Reboot Illinois' Matt Dietrich Thumbs-up to Margie's Candies, not so much for dad's website. In the department of "kids say the darnedest things," I offer this unsolicited quote from my 12-year-old son: "Dad, I looked at your...Show More Summary

Are District Schools Entitled to Teach Other People's Children?

On April 1, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out on their jobs six weeks ahead of the official date by which they could call a strike. Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) president Karen Lewis said she didn't know or care if the...Show More Summary

Video: Chicago Writer Awarded Free House In Detroit

Cultural critic Anne Elizabeth Moore just moved from Chicago to Detroit, where she'll live in a free house awarded to her by non-profit Write A House. [ more › ]

Happy Tenth Anniversary To Chicago's Doomed 2016 Olympic Bid

It’s been just about ten years since Chicago threw its hat into the 2016 Olympics ring, launching an exploratory committee in May 2006. [ more › ]

Lucas Museum to Chicago: We're looking elsewhere

Was it something she said? Tuesday morning, Friends of the Parks issued a statement acknowledging that the group had agreed to a pause in its lawsuit seeking to keep the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from building on a lakefront Park District parking lot. Show More Summary

Voters Could See Two Redistricting Reform Choices on November Ballot

Two years after a lawsuit backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan kept a citizen-led redistricting reform effort off the ballot, Madigan himself voted to get an anti-gerrymandering amendment before voters on Nov. 8. By a 105-7 vote, the House approved a constitutional amendment sponsored by Rep. Show More Summary

Unfriendly Friends Of The Parks May Drive Lucas Museum Out Of Chicago

"We are now seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago [for the Lucas Museum]," Lucas's wife Mellody Hobson said in a statement. [ more › ]

Get Ready For Wicker Park's Rollicking Prince Tribute Parade This Friday

We know letting go of Prince is proving harder than you thought it would be. [ more › ]

Woman, 71, Missing From Clarendon Park Area

The police are seeking assistance in their search for a missing person. YELENA SKRYPINA, age 71, was last seen April 2nd at her home in the 4500 block of North Clarendon. She is 5'6", 150 lbs., and has blue eyes and grey hair.Her friends became concerned when they didn't hear from her and entered her apartment with the property manager. Show More Summary

Alinea, Grace chef Curtis Duffy, and Land and Sea Dept. all wore Beards last night

A developing case of the croup kept me away from the Civic Opera House last night, where the 2016 James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards gala [insert obligatory "Oscars of the food world" reference here] was held for the second year here in Chicago. Show More Summary

Safety Walk On Argyle This Wednesday Evening

From Ald. Osterman today: "As part of our ongoing public safety initiatives in the 48th Ward, I would like to invite you to participate in a Community Safety Walk at 6:30 pm Wednesday (May 4) that will kick off at Argyle Street and Winthrop...Show More Summary

A visual history of the black vote

Editor's note: The Reader is teaming up with Blvck Vrchives founder Renata Cherlise to create multimedia narratives of black life in Chicago. Cherlise's site offers "a curated visual journey through history." …

Video: An Early Look At Chicago's Latest, Expansive Rock Climbing Gym

It could be the largest climbing gym in the U.S., with 45,000 square feet of space. [ more › ]

Chicago Public Schools Have A New Transgender-Friendly Bathroom Policy

Trans students can now use the bathrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identities. [ more › ]

High Levels of Violence in Chicago

Shootings and homicides are on the rise in Chicago. It appears that all strategies to reduce them have failed, which left a significant impact from January 1, 2016 to April 28, 2016. There are many stories of shootings and killings every weekend. Show More Summary

2 Men, 1 Dead, Pulled From Chicago River Tuesday Morning

The living man might have jumped from the Webster Avenue Bridge, police said. [ more › ]

Why Chicago's Police Force Can't Go On Strike

It's illegal. Not that that's stopped it from happening in other cities. [ more › ]

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