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Arianna Huffington


Here's What Happens When You Type 'Why Am' Into Google in New York

Arianna Huffington | July 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google. As the Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot has put it, burnout is "civilization's disease." The thought of so many people hunched over their laptops or iPhones, asking Google, "Why am I so tired?" or "Why am I always tired?" is really sad. And the answer is not going to be given to us by an algorithm. But we can start by shutting off our devices and getting some sleep.
Elysabeth Alfano


Interview on the Red Carpet With Woody Allen

Elysabeth Alfano | July 23, 2014 | Chicago
I was honored to speak with him about his mélange of beauty and sorrow, hope and despair, joy and cruelty, and found him to be incredibly unassuming and vulnerable, answering honestly and candidly about his strengths as an artist.
Matthew Dietrich


Is the 2015 Chicago Public Schools budget based on a "gimmick?"

Matthew Dietrich | July 23, 2014 | Chicago
Q: What's 14 months long and lasts 365 days? A: The Chicago Public Schools 2015 fiscal year. That's no joke. It's the gist of a report from fiscal watchdog the Civic Federation that eviscerates Chicago Public Schools' proposed budget for fiscal year 2015. The $6.8 billion budget is expected...
Zondra Hughes


10 Men Tell the Reasons Why They Cheat

Zondra Hughes | July 22, 2014 | Divorce
I'm blessed to have a lot of male Facebook friends and I've decided to milk these friendships for as much information that I can get. And that brings me to today's installment the: Top 10 Reasons Why Men Cheat.
Ian Reifowitz


Liberal Nationalism Is Not Only Possible, It's Essential

Ian Reifowitz | July 22, 2014 | Politics
There has to be something concrete that makes those of us living in the United States more than just co-residents who share little other than proximity. There has to be something that makes 300 million people into "we" and "us." That something is civic nationalism.
Reboot Illinois


Illinois Among the Top 10 Worst States for Job Growth Since Recession

Reboot Illinois | July 22, 2014 | Chicago
While the state economy appears to be on the mend, it's certainly a slow one and Illinoisans are running low on patience. Job growth during the coming months could have a telling impact in November.
Joseph Erbentraut


Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 in Photos: The Best of the Fest

Joseph Erbentraut | July 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Now in its ninth year, another Pitchfork Music Festival is now in the books and the unique Chicago fest has never been stronger.
Reboot Illinois


New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

Reboot Illinois | July 22, 2014 | Chicago
On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Here are five.
Ted Dabrowski

What Happened to "Rahmbo" Emanuel?

Ted Dabrowski | July 22, 2014 | Chicago
If Rahm can't save Chicago, then he can forget about running the country.
Sugar Rautbord


Jaume Plensa's Four New Sculptures for Chicago's Millennium Park

Sugar Rautbord | July 22, 2014 | Arts
Jaume Plensa, the Spanish sculptor, added another four sculptural "portraits" to Chicago's growing Public Art in the parks. Ten years ago, Plensa, born in 1955, created the globally famous "Crown Fountain" which has become a Chicago landmark and a public sculpture Icon.
Vivek Wadhwa


We're Heading Into a Jobless Future, No Matter What the Government Does

Vivek Wadhwa | July 22, 2014 | Business
The writing is clearly on the wall about what lies ahead. Yet even the most brilliant economists -- and futurists -- don't know what to do about it.
Roger Germann


The Unlikely Hero: Could Belugas Save the Great Lakes?

Roger Germann | July 22, 2014 | Green
Believe it or not, belugas are not only part of our Great Lakes system, but they might just help save our Great Lakes.
Matthew Dietrich


Poll shows voters are excited about Rauner's economic plan

Matthew Dietrich | July 21, 2014 | Chicago
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner released his ideas for a plan to fix the state's out-of-whack budget July 17. In it, Rauner advocated for letting the income tax increase expire as scheduled in 2015 and taxing some new things, such as advertising. Capitol Fax/We Ask America conducted a poll...
Mike Weisser


For Doctors in America, 'Do No Harm' Should Mean Talking About Child Gun Safety

Mike Weisser | July 21, 2014 | Politics
No matter what nonsense Rand Paul and the NRA promote about how doctors are a threat to the 2nd Amendment, anyone who believes that an unlocked gun in a home with children isn't a health risk is presenting a degree of stupidity that no amount of medical care will ever cure.
Arin Greenwood


Animals Are More Than Mere Things. Let's Treat Them That Way

Arin Greenwood | July 22, 2014 | Green
An increasing number of people see zoos themselves as inherently problematic, and argue that even the best-funded, most conservation-minded institutions in which animals are kept on display should go the way of the dodo.
Reboot Illinois


Travel These 10 Creepy Illinois Roads... if You Dare

Reboot Illinois | July 21, 2014 | Chicago
Illinois, with its many historical sites and state parks, is the perfect state for road trips. It's also the perfect place for a very creepy road trip.
Hilary Gowins

City Rules Lure, Push Away Food Truck Flavors

Hilary Gowins | July 19, 2014 | Politics
Politicians across the country who have embraced heavy restrictions on who can serve food where should look West and take notice of Los Angeles' dual brick-and-mortar and mobile restaurant landscape.
David Coates


Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | July 21, 2014 | Politics
The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.
Wes Perry

How Many People Can Say They've Been Yelled At by Elaine Stritch?

Wes Perry | July 18, 2014 | Celebrity
My friend Sean messaged me. "You know, she lives in the Carlyle Hotel, and once I called the Carlyle and asked to speak with Elaine Stritch, and they connected me. So what you need to do is call her, tell her how fabulous you are, and she'll give you tickets!" I declined, and for a good reason: I had actually met Elaine.
Euka Wadlington

I'm Serving Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent Drug Charge

Euka Wadlington | July 18, 2014 | Politics
Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.
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