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Plenty of Action, Scant Progress at State Capitol

Inside and outside the Illinois Statehouse this week there was a constant buzz of activity, though it's hard to tell whether all the action was evidence of progress or an exciting distraction from inertia. The week saw Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four leaders of the General Assembly meet on the state budget for only the second time this year. Show More Summary

It's Time For You To Sound Off On Illinois Tax Changes

In separate press conferences in Springfield Monday, Gov. Bruce Rauner spoke of his opposition to a progressive tax in Illinois while Democratic Reps. Lou Lang and Christian Mitchell voiced their support. The House is expected to vote...Show More Summary

'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight Music Theatre

I almost skipped Dreamgirls at Porchlight. I've seen and enjoyed the movie, I saw a very decent (if emotionally neutered) touring production 6 years ago, I've watched Jennifer Holliday's landmark performance of the titular first actShow More Summary

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Governor Bruce Rauner's refusal to compromise and agree to a state budget is tearing at the fabric of our state's human service and higher education infrastructure. Families, children, students and seniors are suffering. They're collateral...Show More Summary

Lakeview microdeli Snaggletooth is easy to get hooked on

Until late February the term "snaggletooth" didn't conjure many lovely associations. It's the name, for example, of Motorhead's ferocious canine mascot (and its eponymous song).…

Free Film Screening/Star Gazing For Earth Day

Green Community Connections says:"We invite you to continue the One Earth Film Festival fun and celebrate Earth Day with us by watching the award-winning film, Growing Cities on Friday, April 22, at Chicago's official Earth Day celebration in two locations. Show More Summary

Stratton Unseats Dunkin in First Rauner vs. Madigan Proxy War

Challenger Juliana Stratton won a landslide victory over Rep. Ken Dunkin in the Democratic primary in the 5th Illinois House District Tuesday. Stratton won with 68 percent of the vote to Dunkin's 32 percent. Stratton's victory came with heavy financial backing from unions and despite record-breaking spending by a Super PAC against her. Show More Summary

Rauner's Name Isn't On The Primary Ballot, But His Presence Will Be Felt

Clockwise from upper left: Bruce Rauner, Ken Dunkin, Michael Madigan, Juliana Stratton, Sam McCann, Bryce Benton Bruce Rauner's name isn't on the 2016 primary ballot, but it will be between the lines in a couple key legislative races...Show More Summary

Will Illinois Republicans Slow or Add to Donald Trump's Momentum?

Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in June, many longtime GOP members have been waiting for his star to fade. Known for his brash personal style, outlandish political statements...Show More Summary

HBO's John Oliver is Rauner's Unlikely Ally in Latest Episode

At first glance, the issue of Illinois special taxing districts doesn't seem like fodder for edgy comedy. But John Oliver, host of the acclaimed HBO comedy news show "Last Week Tonight," devoted a generous, 15-minute segment of Sunday's show to that very topic. Show More Summary

Is Rauner Employing The Failed Vietnam Strategy On Higher Education?

OPINION "BENTRE, Feb. 7 (AP) -- 'It became necessary to destroy the town to save it,' a United States major said today. He was talking about the decision by allied commanders to bomb and shell the town regardless of civilian casualties, to rout the Vietcong." Associated Press report from Bentre, South Vietnam, New York Times, Feb. Show More Summary

Our Dear Senate President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, and Governor Rauner

There is a beautiful hymn that goes in part: "Order my steps in your word, Dear Lord. Lead me, guide me, every day. Send your anointing, Father, I pray. Order my steps in your Word." (With respect to the late Glenn Burleigh, who wrote "Order My Steps".) It is time. Show More Summary

Far From Heaven at Porchlight Music Theatre

As a devout musical theater fan, one of the things I love about the art form is how it elevates the everyday into the extraordinary. The combination of music and verse heightens the senses, transcending mere dialogue. And in the artfully...Show More Summary

#IdeasDay Was Our Great Idea, Celebrate by Sharing Yours!

Three years ago, Chicago Ideas had epiphany. With holidays for saints, parents, pizza and meteorologically-gifted groundhogs, somehow no one had dedicated a day to ideas. A light bulb lit up and we celebrated the first Ideas Day on Thomas...Show More Summary

Greatest Hits: 10 Notable Episodes From The First 10 Years Of Dynasty Podcasts

Back in summer of 2005, I launched Dynasty Podcasts as Chicago's first ever and longest-running music podcast. Over the last ten years, I've been fortunate enough to conduct interviews with some genuinely remarkable artists and industry figures from the Chicago music community. Show More Summary

Chicago Rapper Raises $60K for the Homeless in 10 Days

Chicago's rising star artist Chance the Rapper went to Twitter this Christmas to announce "Warmest Winter Chicago" (a partnership between Chance and the Empowerment Plan to bring 1,000 coats to Chicago's homeless) had raised almost $60 thousand in only 10 days. Show More Summary

Blogger Attacked In Defamation Lawsuit

A Canadian blogger is under attack, accused of defamation by an Ontario based consulting firm. Mark Silverthorn is currently being sued by New Beginnings Debt Consulting for $100,000. Along with monetary compensation, the lawsuit also demands he remove his blog posts about the company. Show More Summary

An Interview with Corinne Peterson: Healing the Split

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you" -- Maya Angelou Exposing truth, sharing untold stories, and releasing traumatic adversity can serve as a mental and emotional cleansing. In The Cairn Project, by Corinne Peterson, participants...

If Spike Lee's Chi-Raq is Not Chicago's True Story, What is?

On the December 4, the date Spike Lee's Chi-Raq was due to be released, Chance The Rapper took to Twitter to voice his lack of support for the film. And as a young, popular artist who has received accolades from the city for his work with inner-city Chicago youth, his voice rings loudly. Show More Summary

Lots of Children Left Behind

The natives were restless Thursday night at Audubon Elementary School in Chicago's Roscoe Village neighborhood. Hundreds of them -- Chicago Public Schools parents, teachers and principals -- sat shoulder-to-shoulder on folding chairs...Show More Summary

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