I'd just finished a Mountain Dew, my first love, which I drank whenever I was thirsty. My mom called me to the kitchen for dinner, and I stood up. But as I made my way across the living room, everything got dark. I could feel my heart throbbing in my ears, and then, I felt nothing.
It's no surprise that Illinois consumers expressed identity theft as their No. 2 complaint, right behind debt, according to the state attorney general's office.
I'm not sure why reading a book is not acceptable. Perhaps because the child might learn something? More likely, other kids taking PARCC might be envious and also decide to opt out.
Despite significant cost-cutting measures taken in recent years, Illinois school districts are having to tap into their reserves and borrow more as state and federal funding dries up, according to a new report by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has been unsparing in his criticism of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget plan. He says while the governor calls for "shared sacrifice," the budget puts the entire burden of cuts onto the middle class, the poor and the disabled.
Rahm Emanuel understands this all very well as his three terms in the White House under two Presidents taught him that you can have both. Examine some of his major initiatives and you see this philosophy in action.
The world we've created is governed these days by two unquestioned principles: commodify and dominate. And it's chewing up the resources that used to belong to every occupant of the planet. It's the opposite of the philosophy that what we do as individuals we do for the good of the whole, and, indeed, there is no separation between the individual and the whole.
One person who might understand the position in which U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) has found himself (resigning after weeks of media scrutiny over questionable spending) is former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Weiner also resigned from Congress after a scandal.
You could put it on the blackboard! Yes, Chicago is an epicenter for educational innovation.
Fun fact: The first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball tournament was held in Evanston in 1939? Did you know that despite hosting the first tournament, Northwestern University has yet to make an appearance? Or that only one Illinois college has won the national championship in the tournament's 75-year history?
A Tax Increment Finance district is created by the City's Department of Planning and Development. It is a tool to capture property taxes from all properties inside the district.
Well, we hear a lot about challenges women face in their economic security, health, safety, education, gender equity. We want to hear your thoughts on these challenges, and more importantly, creative solutions that you and others can advance to support women and girls.
Our challenges are immense and urgent. But we have dedicated educators and families, and a mayor who's proven he'll take the heat to work on our budget. If we responsibly fund education, then even during tough times, we have so much to feel optimistic about.
Gov. Rauner is worth billions, and adds 60 million dollars a year to his personal coffers. If Gov. Rauner continues to push his agenda of austerity, he should be honest and admit that his wealth isn't essential, either.
Had the fictional TV show "Breaking Bad" been set in Illinois or another state in the Midwest, Walter White, aka Heisenberg, would have felt right at home.
According to Pew Research Center, 45 percent of families earning below $30,000 per year own a pet. Given their limited funds, some of these pets go to bed hungry or are abandoned at shelters.
Had some other downstate Republican congressman resigned suddenly amid allegations of padding his mileage reimbursement, as did Aaron Schock of Peoria six days ago, the world outside his district might scarcely have noticed. But Schock was not just another face among the 18-member congressional delegation from Illinois.
Did my plan work? When your driver came back out on the street, opened the door to your black SUV and handed you a cup of what really is Chicago's best coffee, from our neighborhood place, did he also give you a copy of my book? And if he did, did the title spark enough interest for you to read the story that featured you?