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David Ormsby

Poll: Duckworth Leads Kirk by 16 Points

David Ormsby | July 3, 2015 | Chicago
If U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) emerges as the 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Illinois, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk faces an enormous challenge holding onto his seat, a new poll suggests.
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Rauner to Lawmakers: Pass a Budget, or No Pay Raise

Matthew Dietrich | July 2, 2015 | Chicago
The fact that the law may not be on his side here is irrelevant. The bigger question: What lawmaker right now will be willing to be a plaintiff in the lawsuit that seeks restoration of those statutorily guaranteed raises? Precedent says it will be a slam-dunk victory in a court of law. But the jury in the court of public opinion won't be so kind.
Reboot Illinois

7 Terrible Consequences of the Illinois Government Shutdown

Reboot Illinois | July 1, 2015 | Chicago
Everything appears to be in flux, but here's a look at some things that might happen as state government enters the legal and political limbo that comes with running the state with no spending plan.
Matthew Dietrich

Is Madigan or Rauner Winning in the Illinois Government Shutdown?

Matthew Dietrich | July 1, 2015 | Chicago
Gov. Bruce Rauner says he can ease the pain of a state government shutdown by paying state employees for as long as takes to enact a state budget. House Speaker Madigan suddenly is the most media-friendly figure in Springfield. He's presenting himself as the genteel, moderate figure in the budget standoff.
The Outbound Collective

America's Best 20 Hikes

The Outbound Collective | July 1, 2015 | Travel
Distance: 3.2 miles round trip; Elevation gain: 1,050 ft.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

New Overtime Pay Protections for American Workers

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | June 30, 2015 | Politics
The fight for fair wages is far from over. We have already heard opposition from some Congressional Republicans who want to block this common-sense measure to expand overtime pay for hardworking families.
Reboot Illinois

Map: Which States Illinoisans Moved to the Most

Reboot Illinois | June 30, 2015 | Chicago
New research from Northern Illinois University's Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) found that Illinois lost nearly 10,000 citizens between 2013 and 2014. This was the largest decline in absolute numbers of any state in the nation.
Andy Thayer

The Court Didn't Give Us the Right to Marry

Andy Thayer | June 30, 2015 | Chicago
One of the many hidden stories of how we got to today involves how some Dems got "turned" on the issue. It wasn't through polite lobbying. Or reasoned argument. It was power politics.
Justin Barbin

46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | June 30, 2015 | Chicago
An estimated 1 million people attended this past weekend's 46th Annual Chicago Pride Parade which was even more of a celebration thanks to the Supreme Court's historic ruling to make same-sex marriages legal across the country.
Barack Obama

A Hard Day's Work Deserves a Fair Day's Pay

Barack Obama | June 30, 2015 | Politics
Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That's partly because we've failed to update overtime regulations for years -- and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year -- no matter how many hours they work.
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Rewind: This Little Girl Sees the Way Forward for the State's Children

Matthew Dietrich | June 29, 2015 | Chicago
A series of reports by the Daily Herald and WBEZ finds indisputable evidence of something we've suspected for decades: "Kids who come from poverty plainly do not perform as well as those who are born to better circumstance." Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek calls on Illinoisans to care for all children in their communities and remembers her own community-aided upbringing.
Reboot Illinois

10 Best Illinois Cities for Starting a New Business

Reboot Illinois | June 29, 2015 | Chicago
Illinois is the state with the second-best environment for starting a new business. Here are 10 of the best cities for starting a new business in Illinois.
Travel + Leisure

Top 10 Outlandish Ice Cream Sandwiches to Eat This Summer (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | June 29, 2015 | Taste
Your inner kid would go gangbusters for one of these ten.

America's Most Amazing Meals for $10 or Less

CheapTickets | June 29, 2015 | Taste
We scoured North America for bargain-priced, refreshingly creative plates, and found 11, all 10 bucks or under.
Conrad C. Nowak

Serving our Nation: The Immigrant Tradition

Conrad C. Nowak | June 28, 2015 | Politics
Immigrant Heritage Month gives us an opportunity to recognize the stories and contributions from those who came to make this country great in their own way. Let us not forget that one of those ways represents among the highest possible patriotic callings, to serve in our nation's Armed Forces.
Henry Henderson

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | June 26, 2015 | Chicago
Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Ecstasy and Despair on This Historic Day

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | June 28, 2015 | Religion
I am rejoicing today, and ecstatic that in the years to come, the love that I share with my husband and the love that millions of other LGBT Americans experience will be honored and that LGBT people will have gained dignity and justice at last.
Jim Werner

10 Life Hacks For Your Best Gay Pride Yet

Jim Werner | June 26, 2015 | Gay Voices
This weekend, Chicago, New York City and San Francisco host some of the largest Gay Pride events in the country. Here are some tips to make the most of your Pride travels.
David Ormsby

Poll: Gov. Bruce Rauner's Support Slumps

David Ormsby | June 26, 2015 | Chicago
Since Governor Bruce Rauner unleashed his nearly $2 million TV Ad buy two weeks ago, political and media pundits have been almost exclusively focused on diagnosing the 30-second spot's 20-second attack of House Speaker Michael Madigan. What has escaped any substantive analysis is the ad's 10-second promotion...
The Kitchn

What It's Really Like to Cook on a Food Stamp Budget

The Kitchn | June 26, 2015 | Taste
For many people, the difficulties start before stepping foot in the store.
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