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Matthew Dietrich

Three of Illinois' Biggest Political Blunders of the Last 40 Years

Matthew Dietrich | March 4, 2015 | Chicago
Any Illinoisan can tell you there have been a lot of political missteps in the state's history. But which ones were the biggest, and what effect did they have on the state's political landscape as a whole? But for a few twists of fate and different decisions, Illinois' political landscape today might have looked a whole lot different.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

'Sensible Majority' That Approved DHS Funding Could Address Immigration

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | March 4, 2015 | Politics
We know there is a sensible bipartisan majority that is willing to compromise and do what has to be done to keep the basic functions of government operating; they voted yesterday. And the leadership should find a way to let that sensible majority govern despite those who take every opportunity to make governing next to impossible in this body.
Thrillist

The 27 Best Bad Decision Bars in America

Thrillist | March 4, 2015 | Taste
Lucky you, you now have the option of making another bad decision.
Travel + Leisure

America's Original Speakeasies (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | March 4, 2015 | Travel
As the contemporary speakeasy trend rages on, it seems apt to also celebrate the many American bars operating today that were actual speakeasies. San Francisco's popular Bourbon & Branch, for example, was the location of JJ Russell Cigar Shop, which was a front for a speakeasy for 10 years.
Reboot Illinois

Did You Know These 7 Famous Athletes Were From Illinois?

Reboot Illinois | March 3, 2015 | Chicago
Whether you're from downstate and prefer to identify with St. Louis teams, or live up north and call yourself a cheesehead, no one can deny Chicago is the mecca for the state's professional sports teams, and also home to some of the world's most valuable franchises.
Matthew Dietrich

Moody's Downgrades Chicago in a Financial Version of the Polar Plunge

Matthew Dietrich | March 3, 2015 | Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn't do the Polar Plunge this year, but Chicago's credit rating took an icy dive. That's bad news for everyone in Illinois, not just Chicagoans.
Nancy Michaels

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | March 3, 2015 | Education
Restorative justice has the capacity to empower those who have not been empowered in the past. Individuals and communities begin to act collectively, which is necessary in order to challenge the punitive structures that keep our young black and brown boys from succeeding.
Laurie Levy

Opting Out of PARCC Testing for Children With Special Needs

Laurie Levy | March 3, 2015 | Education
As usual, it is those who need the most help who are crushed under the heel of the educational-industrial complex.
Arianna Huffington

My Q and A With Christian Benedict on the Link Between Sleep and School Performance

Arianna Huffington | March 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
After many years of neglecting sleep's importance in our lives, we've entered a golden age of sleep studies. Christian Benedict, a neuroscientist at Uppsala University in Sweden, is helping lead this scientific movement, with a particular emphasis on how sleep is connected to performance in school.
Lonna Saunders

House and Senate Dems, Show Up for Bibi Please!

Lonna Saunders | March 3, 2015 | Chicago
To House Democrats, Democratic Senators, your taxpaying constituents pay your salaries for you to show up. Whatever you think of the man, you need to honor and respect his office.
Hilary Gowins

Rauner Budget Would Cut Medicaid, Restore Funding for Other Social Services

Hilary Gowins | March 2, 2015 | Chicago
Rauner's 2016 budget proposal is far from law -- any spending plan must first pass the Illinois General Assembly, which will happen sometime over the course of the coming months. Until then, Illinois will prove a testing ground for how to dig out of debt without undue harm to the state's most vulnerable residents.
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Colleges With Students Who Have the Highest Average ACT Scores

Reboot Illinois | March 2, 2015 | Chicago
While a student's ACT or SAT scores might be only one part of a college application, they can be a useful numerical marking of the kinds of students applying to and being admitted to particular schools.
Thrillist

The Best Burger in Every State in America

Thrillist | March 2, 2015 | Taste
We think we've got a case for a burger you're going to love in every single state in the Union.
Matthew Dietrich

Novara: As Chicago votes, the city's racial segregation problem must receive more attention

Matthew Dietrich | March 2, 2015 | Chicago
A renewed focus has been cast on the future of the city of Chicago with a mayoral runoff election set for April 7. One of the most important issues facing the city, says Marisa Novara of the Metropolitan Planning Council, is how to address the city's increasingly severe racial segregation....
Thrillist

10 Ways Road Tripping Was Different In The '90s

Thrillist | March 4, 2015 | Travel
Sure, new technology in cars, stereos, and maps have made just about every aspect of a long haul in a car better. But that doesn't mean you'd trade in your dashboard Discman for anything in the world.
Leo W. Gerard

GOP's Blind Hate of Labor Union Members

Leo W. Gerard | March 2, 2015 | Politics
It has never been clear until now why Republicans so hated the idea of hard-working Americans banding together to negotiate to receive a more fair share of profits derived from the sweat of their brows. Walker's conflating ISIS terrorists with labor protestors while CPAC conference attendees cheered explains it all.
George Goehl

People Power Beat Big Money in Chicago

George Goehl | February 27, 2015 | Chicago
Cynics said Rahm and his cronies on the City Council could not be beat. Plutocrats spent millions trying to make sure they were right. A group of dedicated grassroots activists just proved that they were wrong.
Reboot Illinois

100 Years After the Eastland: Three Deadly Illinois Disasters

Reboot Illinois | March 2, 2015 | Chicago
Nearly 100 years after the single biggest loss of life event in the continental United States in the 20th century, video of the disaster keeps popping up. The steamship the Eastland capsized in the Chicago River in 1915, killing 844 people.
Molly Sprayregen

What I Thought and How I Lied: Coming Out to New Friends

Molly Sprayregen | February 27, 2015 | Gay Voices
Everyone is going through something, and nobody is looking for perfect friends. We are just looking for people with whom we can bond over a mutual lack of clarity.
Roger Germann

All Roads Lead to the Great Lakes: How Invasive Species Get Here & Ways You Can Help

Roger Germann | February 27, 2015 | Green
For anglers, sometimes bait is the key to a catch, but did you ever stop to think that your bait could become an invader?
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