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Antwan Dobson

My Home Town Chicago: Where (and how) The Violence Ends?

Antwan Dobson | April 28, 2016 | Chicago
If we truly care and pay attention and teach our children right from wrong, render quality education, how to control their emotions and conflict resolution, then and only then will we be able to put a tangible dent in crime statistics.
Beyond Classically Beautiful

Kasonja Holley Still Uses Her Lunch Break To Feed The Homeless In Chicago

Beyond Classically Beautiful | April 26, 2016 | Chicago
It's been over a year since Kasonja Holley first made headlines about using her own lunch hour to help people fighting homelessness. The Chicago native is still going strong.
David A. Dana

The Mess in Illinois and the Public Trust Case for Pension Reform

David A. Dana | April 25, 2016 | Politics
Public pensions are wildly underfunded in many political jurisdictions across this country. The pension crisis in Illinois is perhaps the most dramatic: Illinois municipal bonds are treated as "junk" by the markets for good reason.
Howard Learner

Earth Day Scorecard for a Greener Chicago

Howard Learner | April 22, 2016 | Chicago
Clean air, clean water, cleaner energy and fewer toxics are important values shared by all Chicagoans. This Earth Day, let's be proud of our progress, and let's seize opportunities to advance a cleaner, greener and safer community that works for all.
Robert Koehler

The New Enlightenment

Robert Koehler | April 21, 2016 | Politics
What remains endlessly hinted at about the 2016 presidential race, but not fully articulated, is that something enormous -- bigger than politics, bigger than America itself, perhaps -- is trembling and kicking just below the surface, struggling to emerge.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Tubman Selection Is Right on the Money

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | April 25, 2016 | Politics
She was an agitator. She was a subversive. She used the tools of social change to improve America. She fought for the little guy against the strong guy. And she was willing to put herself at great risk to ensure justice for others.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Immigration Case: Texas Concedes Most Important Points

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | April 21, 2016 | Politics
When I left the court I was more confident than ever that -- even with the court not at full strength -- this was going to be a lopsided victory for the United States and the president.
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Policing the Police in Chicago

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | April 20, 2016 | Chicago
The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force Report candidly states without reservation that decades of racism and systemic failure in the CPD 'validates' complaints that have consistently been made by the Black community. There are two Chicago Police Departments - Officer Kinda Friendly and the Jason Van Dyke...
Kristie Notto

Secrets to Building a Tribe with Facebook Groups

Kristie Notto | April 19, 2016 | Chicago
Imagine being a sought after thought leader sharing ideas with a community of raving fans who are thrilled to hear from you. Facebook Groups is a powerful platform for creating a tribe and engaging with them online. If you haven't yet built a Facebook group for your business, it's...
Tammy Letherer

Chicago's 'Improv Nerd' Wasn't Prepared for Grief

Tammy Letherer | April 18, 2016 | Fifty
Some of my feelings don't come up as easily. They are trapped deep down there, like those coal miners from Chile who were waiting to be rescued.
Robert Bullen

'Dreamgirls' at Porchlight Music Theatre

Robert Bullen | April 19, 2016 | Chicago
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 act closer in gay bars and YouTubes galore. I mean, I've *seen* Dreamgirls....
Joseph Erbentraut

Guys, Gwyneth Paltrow Is in on the Joke

Joseph Erbentraut | April 18, 2016 | Taste
I have a theory: Gwyneth Paltrow is no goop-head. She knows exactly what she's doing. And the more you hate it, the more she wins. Maybe we all could stand to embrace the overachieving Goopstress within.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

The Supreme Court Must Uphold the President's Lawful Immigration Actions

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | April 18, 2016 | Politics
These actions will keep families together instead of tearing them apart. The Supreme Court should clearly see that that the arguments against these actions are politically motivated and are not backed by legal standing.
Roberta Lynch

Gov. Rauner's demolition politics are hurting Illinois

Roberta Lynch | April 15, 2016 | Chicago
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.
Matthew Dietrich

Confusion for Students, Counselors as MAP Grants in Limbo for Second Straight Year

Matthew Dietrich | April 15, 2016 | Chicago
This is the time of year when high school seniors finalize their plans for college, including budgeting for the year to come. The Illinois budget impasse has made this year an especially challenging one for high school seniors on two fronts. One concerns the general state of public universities in...
Ximena N. Beltran

A Gourmet Guide to 420 in Chicago

Ximena N. Beltran | April 15, 2016 | Chicago
Here's the spots serving up the funnest fare that you can enjoy on any splurge day, not just when the munchies hit.
Robert Koehler

Creating Resilient Communities

Robert Koehler | April 14, 2016 | Politics
Creating resilient communities, providing the resources that can take conflict out of isolation and put it into a constructive context, strike me as a crucial step in our social evolution.
Alexandra Starkovich

Springtime in Chicago Bucket List

Alexandra Starkovich | April 13, 2016 | Chicago
Spring is finally here in Chicago, and while I'm still waiting for it to keep warming up a bit more so I can pack away my coats, I am thrilled to say goodbye to winter. Luckily the move is coinciding with spring and we will be able to fully enjoy the warm weather downtown this year!
Tammy Duckworth

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Tammy Duckworth | April 18, 2016 | Politics
Today we recognize Equal Pay Day, a day that symbolically represents when a woman's wage finally catches up to what a man was paid in the previous year. Despite often being equally qualified, a man's pay outpaces a woman's by 79 cents for every dollar.
Antwan Dobson

A More Perfect Union: Connect the dots of race and intelligence

Antwan Dobson | April 11, 2016 | Chicago
Will we ever see the day when it's not unusual to see men of color as a part of high society without thinking they were part of some affirmative action program? Time will tell and God-willing we will see the day.
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