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Lonna Saunders

Scholars in the Trenches: WWII Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary December 16, 1944-January 25, 1945

Lonna Saunders | January 29, 2015 | Chicago
As 70th anniversary remembrances wind down, the Battle of the Bulge, also known as the Ardennes Campaign, remains the U.S. Army's bloodiest, longest, largest land battle.
Matthew Dietrich

Three fun facts from the 2014 Illinois governor's race

Matthew Dietrich | January 29, 2015 | Chicago
Illinois' 2014 governor's race was a big one for the state--record spending and the first Republican governor elected in 12 years. We've extracted some more fun facts about the race from a new study from the Paul Simon Institute of Public Policy at Southern Illinois University. ...
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Illinois Educational Funding -- Expect Deep Cuts

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | January 29, 2015 | College
Within 24 hours of Governor Bruce Rauner taking office, numerous media outlets reported on his immediate steps to rectify Illinois' dire financial situation.

2015 U.S. Best Ranked Cities for Hotels

trivago | January 29, 2015 | Travel
Arizona leads the 2015 Best Ranked Cities list with cities in first and third place, but it's Florida that dominates with three cities in the Top 10 and a total of nine in the Top 50.
Matthew Dietrich

How Can Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Maintain His Outsider Status While on the Inside?

Matthew Dietrich | January 28, 2015 | Chicago
Illinoisans elected Gov. Bruce Rauner in large part because he offered new ideas for the state government. Voters chose an outsider who promised to fix insider culture.

The 21 Best Diners in America

Thrillist | January 28, 2015 | Taste
We ate pie, drank milkshakes, and confusedly stared at birch beer for a while.
Matthew Dietrich

A New Era in Illinois Politics?

Matthew Dietrich | January 27, 2015 | Chicago
With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?
U.S. News Travel

Best Hotels in the USA 2015

U.S. News Travel | January 27, 2015 | Travel
Quite a few newcomers cracked the top 10 list this year, thanks in part to their improved ratings among travelers and additional industry accolades.
Peter Greene

More Hard Charter Lessons

Peter Greene | January 27, 2015 | Education
Enrolling your child in a charter is making a bet that the school will be in business as long as you want to send your child to it. If you lose the bet, you have to know that losing was always a possibility when you made the bet in the first place.
Kathleen Harris

The Eight Kinds of People Who Post on Facebook During #Snowmageddon

Kathleen Harris | January 27, 2015 | Comedy
2. The Curmudgeons: originally hail from Canada, the Northeast, or the Midwest, and virtually roll their eyes at any precipitous snow-related hand-wringing.
Reboot Illinois

Here Are 10 of Illinois' Top 50 School Districts

Reboot Illinois | January 27, 2015 | Chicago ranked 747 of Illinois' 863 public school districts based on schools' test scores.
Martin Marty

Football and Ethics

Martin Marty | January 26, 2015 | Sports
One topic is the main ethical debate around professional football's "Deflategate" and whether quarterback Tom Brady and/or other New England Patriots are cheating and lying. The second topic is a constant: the morality of supporting football.
Matthew Dietrich

Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner Has Not Shut the Door on Tax Hikes

Matthew Dietrich | January 26, 2015 | Chicago
Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how exactly Rauner and his team plan to deal with the state's issues, including the possibility of higher taxes along with spending cuts.
Dan Glickman

2015 Means New FDA Calorie Labeling on Menus

Dan Glickman | January 26, 2015 | Politics
Readily available calorie information is crucial for consumers to be able to make informed food choices throughout the day as they get their food from a variety of venues. Our nation is facing rising rates of obesity and chronic disease that continue to push health care spending higher.

21 Things You've Definitely Eaten If You Grew up in the Midwest

Thrillist | January 26, 2015 | Taste
The region is flooded with deliciousness that much of the rest of the country hasn't even heard of.
Roger Wright

The Night Ernie Banks Died

Roger Wright | January 26, 2015 | Chicago
Ernie Banks died tonight. And in the summer green fields of heaven, they are playing baseball. Later on, I'll go listen to Steve Goodman sing "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request." But not right now.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Other Mr. Cub I Remember

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | January 25, 2015 | Black Voices
Banks lived on Chicago's South Side. He often commuted to Cubs home games on the L train. He had no choice. Though he was the biggest name and biggest draw the Cubs had, he could not buy a home or rent an apartment in the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field.
Sugar Rautbord

Sigmar Polke's 'Siberian Meteorites' Installed at Park Hyatt

Sugar Rautbord | January 23, 2015 | Arts
An arty crowd recently braved January's Siberia-like winter weather to assemble at the Park Hyatt Chicago in celebration of the installation of Sigmar Polke's 10-foot tall canvas entitled Siberian Meteorites. The 8-foot wide painting is a consummate example of a period in Polke's...
Reboot Illinois

$9 Billion Is a Lot of Money: How Much Could You Buy With Illinois' Budget Deficit?

Reboot Illinois | January 26, 2015 | Chicago
New information from the Fiscal Futures Project of the Institute for Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois shows that Illinois' finances are in worse shape than previously predicted. By Fiscal Year 2016, the state will owe $9 billion in unpaid bills.
Matthew Dietrich

Reeder: Quinn's Inauguration Absence a Disappointment

Matthew Dietrich | January 23, 2015 | Chicago
Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn was not present at Gov. Bruce Rauner's inauguration ceremony on Jan. 12. To Scott Reeder of the Illinois News Network, this was the ultimate act of sour grapes.
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