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Progress! Wilson Red Line Construction From July Through September

Here's a five-minute look at the progress on the Wilson Red/Purple Line station over the past six months. So much has happened since the groundbreaking in late 2014, with one more year of construction to go.It'll be a busy 2017. We are...Show More Summary

Demolition Equipment Moves In On Maryville

The scene outside the former Maryville site today A reader sends us this photo showing demolition equipment in place on the far western side of the Maryville site. Do we see a wrecking ball? Cue Miley!

Reject the Trump-Rauner agenda on Tuesday

As a high school English teacher, I've taught my students to read carefully, think critically, and write persuasively. They learn that arguments must be based on good evidence, convincingly explained.   Governor Bruce Rauner seems to...Show More Summary

Rauner Denies Connection to Anti-Madigan Documentary

Opinion I have not yet viewed the Illinois Policy Institute's upcoming documentary, "Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.," but I'm prepared to make a prediction: Its release next month will have a hard time matching the buzz stirred...Show More Summary

America: We Are Never, Ever, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together

I'm embarrassed. I'm sick. I'm an ashamed American with a black son. I have an almost indescribable feeling in my stomach. I want to force myself to puke, in a vain attempt to rid the stomach of these aching feelings of tightness, outrage...Show More Summary

City Council Passes Towing Bill of Rights

The "Lincoln Park Pirates" lot at 4882 North Clark Yesterday a lot of legislation was passed during the City Council's meeting, including the Towing Bill of Rights, co-sponsored by Ald. Ameya Pawar and "inspired" by Uptown's LincolnShow More Summary

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

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