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Michael W. Waters

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Michael Brown and Our Great Opportunity

Michael W. Waters | August 22, 2014 | Black Voices
No one who cares about the death of Michael Brown, or the scourge of police brutality, can ever choose not to vote, again. Period. Not only did people die so that you could vote, people die because you do not vote.
Pat LaMarche

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The Media: Cherry Picking News Stories and Failing the Public

Pat LaMarche | August 21, 2014 | Politics
When the press ignores the discussion at hand: issues as vital to the health and security of the working class as middle class wages, the utility workers, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans employment rates, and government employee pensions, one shouldn't be surprised that the public transit system is begging for school supplies.
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

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In Champaign, Similarity and a Possible Way Forward for Ferguson

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | August 21, 2014 | Politics
At first glance, the connection between the city in open revolt where the National Guard has been summoned and the site of Illinois' flagship state university seems tenuous at best. But a deeper look reveals that the two cities share some important and distressing similarities.
Tyler Kingkade

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7 Things That Are Not Like Rape

Tyler Kingkade | August 21, 2014 | Women
Rape is not like stealing a bike. Women -- or men, for that matter -- do not have a responsibility to "lock themselves up" to avoid rape.
Arianna Huffington

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Ferguson: The Untold Story

Arianna Huffington | August 21, 2014 | Media
Think you have a pretty good idea of what's going on in Ferguson, Missouri? You may not, even if you've been watching a lot of cable news. Especially if you've been watching a lot of cable news. If the media's job is to give viewers and readers an accurate and full idea of what's really going on, we have to acknowledge that there is a long way to go. Of course, Ferguson is not an isolated case. But it is a chance for those of us in the media to expand our understanding of our role in covering the news. At HuffPost we are certainly covering the violence and the underlying racial tensions, but we are also committed to telling the "untold story" (as our splash put it on Tuesday) -- of compassion, ingenuity, kindness, trust, collaboration and community.
Reboot Illinois

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11 Biggest Charitable Illinois Donors in 2014

Reboot Illinois | August 21, 2014 | Chicago
Illinoisans are a generous bunch when it comes to charitable causes, but not all have millions of dollars to donate. Those who do often give to organizations or institutions that made a significant impact during the course of their lives.
Robert Koehler

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Deep Justice in Ferguson

Robert Koehler | August 21, 2014 | Politics
I have no doubt that the standoff in Ferguson -- the demand for change -- goes this deep. I also have no doubt that tear gas won't pacify the protesters and replace their anger with fear of authority. Neither will all the military hardware the Defense Department can supply.
Matthew Dietrich

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Illinois Term Limits Effort Comes to an End in Court

Matthew Dietrich | August 21, 2014 | Chicago
Wednesday's ruling from the First District Court of Appeals about legislative term limits in Illinois upholds a June decision by Cook County Circuit Judge Mary Mikva that found the proposed amendment unconstitutional and ineligible for inclusion on the ballot.
Deborah Jacobs

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Police Accountability After Ferguson

Deborah Jacobs | August 21, 2014 | Crime
Improving policing in departments with entrenched cultures has proven a challenging endeavor. Departmental culture plays a defining role in how police officers conduct their work, and it flows from the top, or, as they say, rots from the head.
Ann Brenoff

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How Your Doctor Is Turning Into An Airline

Ann Brenoff | August 21, 2014 | Fifty
Some doctors seem to have embraced the airlines' model for doing business -- you know, the one where they now charge fees for things they used to just do for free.
Keith Koeneman

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Karen Lewis: Will She Give Rahm Emanuel a Real Fight?

Keith Koeneman | August 20, 2014 | Chicago
The study of relevant history can shed insight into present-day events, even if the specific details may differ. With that in mind, it may be worthwhile to look at four historical Chicago mayoral campaigns as Karen Lewis sets her sights on Rahm Emanuel.
Reboot Illinois

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Illinois' Top Colleges See Tuitions Going Up and Up

Reboot Illinois | August 20, 2014 | Chicago
Recently Forbes came out with its 2014 top 100 colleges list, which includes four Illinois schools in its Top 75. From Forbes' rankings, which covered more than 600 schools, we pulled out the top 15 Illinois colleges.
Gavin Shulman

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The Bromance Is Gone

Gavin Shulman | August 20, 2014 | Comedy
This guy. Next you're going to tell me it's not rad to leave no trace in your own apartment. Okay, whatever. Like clothes on the floor are so badass. You don't even know man. Quinoa salad is delicious.
Matthew Dietrich

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Is Government Consolidation Really the Best Bet for Illinoisans?

Matthew Dietrich | August 20, 2014 | Chicago
lllinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law into effect Monday that would allow local government agencies to vote themselves out of existence and reduce the number of taxing bodies in Illinois.
Bob Herbert

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The Fire This Time

Bob Herbert | August 22, 2014 | Politics
The idea that America had reached some level of post-racism with the election of Barack Obama was always delusionary. But it was true that great strides had been made in the half-century or so that followed the civil rights movement. Now, because of the persistence of racism and a relaxation of the fight against it, we are moving backwards.
Conde Nast Traveler

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10 Perfect Late-summer Staycations

Conde Nast Traveler | August 20, 2014 | Travel
If you're lucky enough to call one of these places home, then we suggest you stick around this weekend. These staycation ideas will help you do just that.
Larry Womack

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I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

Larry Womack | August 21, 2014 | Politics
This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.
Arianna Huffington

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40 Percent of American Workers Will Leave Paid Vacation Days Unused

Arianna Huffington | August 20, 2014 | Travel
An important new study released this morning by Travel Effect found that 40 percent of American workers will leave paid vacation days unused. The four reasons cited the most are the dread of returning from a vacation to piles of work (40 percent), the belief that no one will be able to step in and do their job for them while they're gone (35 percent), not being able to afford it (33 percent) and the fear of being seen as replaceable (22 percent). "Americans suffer from a work martyr complex," said Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "In part, it's because 'busyness' is something we wear as a badge of honor." Clearly, we need to work harder about working smarter -- by not working all the time. The "work martyr" complex needs to go the way of the Dictaphone, typewriter and green eyeshades as relics of the workplace of the past (okay, I like typewriters, but you get the idea).
Elysabeth Alfano

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Giuliana and Bill Rancic and Chef Psaltis Discuss Their Newest Venture, RPM Steak

Elysabeth Alfano | August 20, 2014 | Chicago
Something we often discuss on The Dinner Party is what makes a successful restaurant. Owning a restaurant is tricky business, with restaurants opening and closing like automated doors
Matthew Dietrich

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Illinois Government Consolidation Could Be Coming to an Agency Near You

Matthew Dietrich | August 20, 2014 | Chicago
Gov. Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that gives local government bodies the power to vote themselves out of existence. House Bill 5785 gives local boards -- like water, township and mosquito abatement districts as well as municipal governments -- the ability to either consolidate,...
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