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Gov. Rauner to Lawmakers: Pass a Budget, or No Pay Raise

The last time an Illinois governor interfered with pay for members of the General Assembly, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton sued and won. That was in the summer of 2013, when then-Gov. Pat Quinn suspended all pay for lawmakers until they delivered him a pension reform bill to sign. Show More Summary

Extra Extra: Teachers Picket In Opposition To Deep CPS Cuts

Teachers from the Chicago Teachers Union picketed in front of City Hall Thursday in opposition of the deep budget cuts and layoffs projected by CPS. [ more › ]

Video: Check Out A Former Alderman And Aspiring Comedian's New Rap Video

Like many an aspiring, Chicago-based comedian, former West Side alderman and state senator Rickey "Hollywood" Hendon started with a YouTube channel. [ more › ]

Illinois-Based Serta Dumps Donald Trump

Hoffman Estates-based Serta has decided to end its business relationship with the very serious presidential candidate and celebrity racist Donald Trump. [ more › ]

Los Angeles Rocker Queen Kwong Play Subterranean Friday

As fresh-faced and freckled as Queen Kwong's frontwoman may appear, she is hewn from true rock. [ more › ]

As 4th Of July Weekend Gets Underway, Police Prep For DUI Patrol

In preparation for the frenzy of holiday weekend activity, authorities are planning several special patrols to catch people driving under the influence and other traffic violations in high-tourist neighborhoods. [ more › ]

The 7 Best Outdoor Getaways From Chicago

As much as we love our bright lights and big city, all Chicagoans need a little fresh air. We share some of our favorite outdoor getaways if you're looking to enjoy nature not too far from home. [ more › ]

Around Town: Animal City

  We look at the animals that inhabit our city in today's Around Town gallery. [ more › ]

Video Cuteness: Watch Week-Old Red Panda Cubs At Lincoln Park Zoo

Because it wouldn't be a holiday weekend without another excuse to visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, enjoy a video of two week-old Red Panda cubs—the first to be born at the zoo. [ more › ]

Smart Bar's New Record Label Will Release First EP Friday

Smart Bar launched Northside '82 so you can take their musical curation home with you. [ more › ]

Government Shutdown Seems Inevitable As State Legislature Fails to Pass Budget

With the state now in its second day of the new fiscal year without a budget and the governor and legislators still butting heads, a shutdown is nearly inevitable and already, some programs and people are feeling the heat. [ more › ...

The Heavy Feather: Chicago Gets Its First New-School Fern Bar

  The '70s style bar offers often dubious classics like Freddy Fudpuckers made with high-quality ingredients. [ more › ]

Lakeview Residents In A Panic Over Polka Dots From 'Lincoln Hub'

It was a not-so itsy bitsy green and blue polka dot construction project that has had some Lakeview residents up in arms since it began in April. [ more › ]

Goodman Theatre Stages Chekhovian Love Letter to Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

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Brooks, Fisher and Lehman. Photo by Liz Lauren. Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is not a Chekhov parody, but Christopher Durang's play set in an old farmhouse in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, could have been set in a dacha...

Why Detroit?

Chicago’s smaller cousin to the northeast has been suffering a fair bit these recent years, becoming something of a punching bag for out-of-town media, politicians and comedians. But from its depths, something special is underway. Detroit is reimagining itself, and starting to live up to its “renaissance city” moniker. We started taking notice of this […]

Today's Weather: Cool Summer

Grab a light sweater or jacket before you head out the door today, because it's July in Chicago. [ more › ]

For the Love of Detroit: Reimagining A City By and For Those Who Stayed

By David Kukier My earliest memories take place on Detroit’s west side, in the 1980s still a patchwork of working- and middle-class neighborhoods anchored by churches, bars and multigenerational businesses. I would return as a resident in 2003 to a vastly different landscape: holdouts, areas sustained by the sheer tenacity of residents and a strange […]

Friday City Trash Pick-Up Is On Thursday This Week

From Ald. Cappleman's website (applicable to all of Uptown, though):"Due to the 4th of July holiday, there will be no city-provided refuse collection on Friday, July 3.As garbage pick up is on Friday, Streets and Sanitation has announced that garbage in the 46th ward will be picked up on Thursday. Show More Summary

Extra Extra: Last-Ditch State Emergency Budget Proposal Fails In House Vote

The Illinois Democrats' last ditch effort to save the state government from fiscal collapse with a one-month budget to fund critical services failed in the House Wednesday afternoon. [ more › ]

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