As the uproar over the CBO analysis demonstrates, the issue of whether jobs are gained or lost as a result of a minimum-wage increase depends largely on how we analyze the vast amount of research that has been conducted on the question over the past half-century.
There's always been something of a rivalry between downstate Illinois and Chicago. It gets serious when politicians are talking about things like distributing tax dollars for school funding and public construction projects.
Perhaps even a chorus or two of "Tommy Boy" will be sung.
Nobody wants to slip on ice in a skirt and tights, but the point is you stand back up and take the next wobbly steps toward the subway. The same thing goes for anything in life, whether it's in your personal relationships or at work. You aren't going to sit firmly planted in the snow -- you're going to keep going.
Your life should not depend on your ability to understand the doctor's written instructions. Simply not having a Spanish-speaking health care provider answering critical care questions can mean a patient will suffer and likely die. This is a problem getting bigger every day.
Many questions remain unanswered. But I know one thing for certain. If Bruce Rauner was running with a "D" by his name, every Republican I know would be demanding answers and calling for the candidate to immediately come clean.
When I learned Tuesday that teachers at a school in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood had voted unanimously to refuse to administer the ISAT to their students, I was surprised. I was surprised that the members of the Saucedo faculty were courageous enough to put their jobs on the line.
Can we actually build a world that isn't run by its shadow interests? And what is this going to take? Can good will and big principles stand up to Wall Street and the Washington consensus?
It's not often that we think of college students as part of a solution to complex social problems, like homelessness. But perhaps it's time we did.
From an educator's perspective, my experience is that on a small scale, a partnership which involves industry, educators and innovative thinking can lead to great things.
This week we recognize National Invasive Species Awareness Week and with Lake Michigan in the Shedd Aquarium's backyard, protecting the Great Lakes is an issue that literally is near to our heart -- so what better time to get involved?
Governor Pat Quinn's administration is poised to launch a vast and expensive modernization of state government's financial wiring and work processes that will revolutionize operations and likely displace ossified workers, upend encrusted work habits, and mothball-rusted file cabinets.
Questions abound in Illinois, where coal mining production and its toxic slurry fallout has skyrocketed by a mind-boggling 70 percent during the Quinn administration.
Facing the threat of termination, more than 40 teachers at Maria Saucedo Scholastic Academy in Chicago have organized an act of civil disobedience against the standardized testing madness. These brave teachers are taking a stand for their students, and the IFT stands with them.
For many Chicagoans, the land south of Interstate 80 is a different state. For downstate Illinoisans living south of Interstate 80, Chicago is the area they want to make a different state. Hmm, sounds like there are some differences there.
With news that GOP candidate Bruce Rauner donated $1 million more to his own campaign fund, making it now $6 million he has donated to his own campaign through this election cycle so far, we decided to take a look at five previous candidates in Illinois who attempted to run for office and were all very wealthy.
The William J. O'Brien show at the Museum of Contemporary Art is full of contradictions. I vacillate between calling it a brilliant show and thinking the art is dumb, between seeing the work as sloppy, and that it elegantly fulfills its intent.
The auditor general's office recently released its review of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, a program spearheaded by Governor Pat Quinn in 2010 when he was gearing up to run for re-election. The report, to be succinct, had some scathing comments to make about the program.