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Heather Lord

The Art of Urban Conversation

Heather Lord | October 20, 2014 | Detroit
But what if there's also a cost to living in our own bubble? What if this disconnection also sows the seeds for violence and prejudice in our cities and communities? If you don't know the people around you, is it easier to misunderstand, hurt and be hurt, fight and fear one another?
Rev. Al Sharpton


Urgency of Now: Why We Must Vote

Rev. Al Sharpton | October 20, 2014 | Black Voices
With continued officer-involved shootings, attempts at voter suppression, and ongoing racial and economic disparities, it is easy to push voting to the side. But it is precisely because of tragedies like the deaths of young Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, and because of an unequal educational and employment system, that we need to show up at the polls.
Robert Bullen


A Satiating Sweeney at Porchlight

Robert Bullen | October 20, 2014 | Chicago
Sweeney and I go way back. It was the first musical where I found myself blown away by not just the music, but also the plot.
Lonna Saunders


West Wing's Bradley Whitford: Mary Burke for Wisconsin Governor

Lonna Saunders | October 20, 2014 | Chicago
A guy who still calls Wisconsin home despite his Hollywood success, Whitford is stumping for Democratic candidate Mary Burke over incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Reboot Illinois


You Should Know Who's Backing the Illinois Governor Candidates Before You Vote

Reboot Illinois | October 20, 2014 | Chicago
The Illinois gubernatorial candidates are scrambling to convince voters to choose them in the Nov. 4 election. They're running ads, making appearances and accumulating endorsements to show Illinoisans whom they should vote for.
Peter Greene

The Public Charter Test

Peter Greene | October 20, 2014 | Education
Charter schools, the modern version as represented by K12 and Success Academies, are not public schools at all. If they really want to earn the "public" label, they need to meet these four requirements.
Carla Escoda


The Art of Falling: Hubbard Street Dance and Second City's Comic Liaisons

Carla Escoda | October 19, 2014 | Arts
Early on in the ingenious collaboration between Second City and Hubbard Street Dance, Procol Harum's counterculture hymn permeates Chicago's Harris Theater as actors and dancers assemble in rows of folding chairs facing the audience.
Doug Ibendahl


Illinois Deserves Better Than the Chicago Tribune

Doug Ibendahl | October 17, 2014 | Chicago
The Chicago Tribune endorsed Bruce Rauner in the GOP Primary and it's now endorsed him for the General Election too. This comes as a surprise to no one.
Matthew Dietrich


Former Indiana Governor Explains What's Wrong With Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | October 17, 2014 | Chicago
As Illinois moves ever-closer to decision time on finding a new governor, could our elected officials learn something from looking at our neighbors? Scott Reeder spoke with former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels about how he ran his state and his advice for his friends to the west. From Reeder:...


These 7 Pizza Styles Dominate the Midwest

Thrillist | October 17, 2014 | Taste
Ask 10 people to tell you which region can lay rightful claim to pizza -- and you'll get 10 different answers.
Brad Spirrison


How Google Glass Apps Showcase the Potential of Wearable Educational Technology

Brad Spirrison | October 17, 2014 | Technology
It's unclear whether this high profile focus on wearable computing will come anywhere close to matching the success of Google's Android operating system.
Reboot Illinois


Highest-paid Illinois College Football Coaches

Reboot Illinois | October 17, 2014 | Chicago
While football might not be as big in Illinois as it is in the South, particularly the Southeastern Conference -- where University of Alabama Head Coach, Nick Saban, made $5.4 million last year -- coaches at Illinois' public universities are still earning six-figure salaries.
Martha Burk


Women, Vote Yourselves a Raise

Martha Burk | October 17, 2014 | Politics
America goes to the polls in less than 3 weeks, there's a lot at stake for the majority of voters -- namely women. Unfortunately women also make up another majority -- those working for our pathetic $7.25 an hour minimum wage.
Robert Koehler


Our Souls Turned Into Weapons

Robert Koehler | October 16, 2014 | Politics
"During basic training, we are weaponized: our souls turned into weapons." Jacob George's suicide last month -- a few days after President Obama announced that the US was launching its war against ISIS -- opens a deep, terrible hole in the national identity. George: singer, banjo player, poet,...


The Coolest Hotel in Every State (and DC!)

Thrillist | October 16, 2014 | Travel
Unless your name happens to be Arthur Fonzarelli (in which case, that's crazy!), it's hard to define the word "cool." And even harder to apply the label to hotels, when "cool" could mean historic, or trendy, or that the place is actually a decommissioned Coast Guard helicopter with a full-service bar... in your room!
Matthew Dietrich


The Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Spent $35 Million in the Third Quarter

Matthew Dietrich | October 16, 2014 | Chicago
All together, the 10 candidates for statewide office spent more than $42 million from July 1 to Oct. 1. The candidates for governor, Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner, spent more than $35 million.
Ann Brenoff


The Golden Girls Got It Right

Ann Brenoff | October 16, 2014 | Fifty
Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to my commune -- the one I plan on forming when I'm older and widowed and my kids are launched into lives of their own. Think I'm alone in the commune-planning department? You'd be mistaken.
K. Sujata


Increased Minimum Wage Leads to Stability

K. Sujata | October 15, 2014 | Chicago
We must start somewhere. Raising our minimum wage to $13.00 an hour in the City of Chicago is that starting place. But $13.00 an hour by 2018 is truly a floor-base-minimum to ensure that our city has a viable workforce for a vibrant economy in the 21st century.
Zondra Hughes


Why Bad Relationships Happen to Good Women

Zondra Hughes | October 15, 2014 | Chicago
"Men are crafty, yes, and we help them by choosing to ignore the red flags in the relationship. If we're comfortable, and we like the guy, we're going to wear our blinders and hope for something more."
Michael Corbett


5 Things Your Landlord Wants You to Know

Michael Corbett | October 15, 2014 | HuffPost Home
Understanding the lease allows you to to avoid costly extra charges and keep you protected from giving the landlord reason to financially penalize you or worse ... evict you. Take the 15 minutes to read your lease -- it is a win/win for everyone.
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