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A New Initiative Combats Teens' Deadly Texting-While-Driving Behavior

Mackenzie Hughes | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Mackenzie Hughes

How long is five seconds? It's the amount of time the average driver looks away from the road to send a text. If you're going about 55 mph, by the time you look up from your phone, you'll have driven the whole length of a football field without looking at the road. Touchdown? Not quite.


Chris Weigant | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Jeb Bush could wind up being America's next president. That's a statement that my fingers would actually refuse to type for several other Republicans, just because attempting to substitute "Donald Trump" or "Carly Fiorina" in that sentence would be so downright laughable.

Santorum and Pataki Jump In

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As with all the other candidates who have officially thrown their hats in the ring, today we will take a serious look at Santorum and Pataki, and attempt to predict what their chances for victory could be.

How Many More Wars?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

All those who criticize President Obama's handling of foreign policy -- which includes the entire Republican presidential field, it almost goes without saying -- should really have to detail precisely what they'd do differently. The voters really do deserve an answer to this question, since these people are running to take Obama's place in the White House.

Clinton Commercial Series -- Where Are the Avenging Furies?

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Starts out with images from Congress finalizing the Iraq War Vote in 2002. Sound of Hillary saying "Yea."

Bernie Sanders Jumps In

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

No matter what you think his chances of winning the nomination (or the presidency), Bernie Sanders is going to force everyone else to focus on the little guy.

Toughening Up Hillary

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I write today to challenge what is fast becoming conventional wisdom in the political world -- in particular, the notion that Hillary Clinton really needs a strong primary challenge to "toughen her up" for the upcoming race with whomever the Republicans decide upon. When you deconstruct the logic behind this idea, however, it falls apart.

Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

How the Next President Will Change the Lives of LGBTs

Matt Baume | Posted 06.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Whether we wind up with President Clinton, Cruz, Rubio or Kardashian, whoever wins in 2016 will likely appoint justices to a court that already has a precarious ideological divide. There's no way to know, for sure, what cases they'll face in a few years, but there are already some major issues that appear likely to come before the court in some form.

Campaign 2016: Hillary Clinton to Replace Her Cold Cyborg Heart With a Human One

Spencer Green | Posted 06.13.2015 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"We want to show America the real Hillary: the spontaneous Hillary; the fun, breezy Hillary; the Hillary who doesn't need constant battery charges or modifications to her enhanced biofuel cells."

From Door-to-Door to Digital Activism to Living on $1.50 a Day

Justine Lucas | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Justine Lucas

At twelve, my father dragged me -- braces, glasses, and a smile from ear to ear -- out to canvas our neighborhood, advocating for votes to a referendum that would build a new public school.

Miller: Aaron Schock Could Have a Bright Career Post-Congressional Resignation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

March 31 was U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's last day in office after resigning from Congress following questions about possibly improper spending. But while the resignation and fall from public favor have been a disappointment for Illinoisans and the national Republican Party, Capitol Fax's Rich Miller says Schock could still have better days ahead of him.

The End of Hillary's 140-Character Campaign

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The only way to get control of the situation is to, well, get control of the situation. Hillary Clinton has to take the reins for herself, and get out there and answer questions about the emails.

#CureFSHD: The Inspiring Stories Behind the Campaign

Max Adler | Posted 05.03.2015 | Impact
Max Adler

I have experienced FSHD firsthand, with both my mother and grandmother diagnosed. It was heartbreaking to watch their struggle to complete simple, everyday tasks that many people take for granted.

Please Run, Donald. Pretty Please?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

May I just take a moment to speak for all of America's political pundits, celebrity-watchers and late-night comedians, as I openly beg for such rich pastures of political amusement: "Please run, Donald. Please?"

Gov. Bruce Rauner Spent a Lot of Money on TV Advertising During the 2014 Campaign

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.30.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

More than a quarter of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's $65 million campaign fund went straight to TV advertising during the general election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections information.

The Multi-Ring Republican Nomination Circus

Chris Weigant | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The sheer size of the Republican field, even at this early date, is downright astonishing. By some calculations, there are over two dozen valid possibilities for the Republican nomination.

Public Opinion Overwhelmingly Supports Transparency: The Next Big Political Issue

David K. Rehr | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
David K. Rehr

The issues of transparency and accountability have moved beyond just declarations of support by politicians or their issuing a news release declaring strong support. Savvy politicians have the chance to become the champion of these issues in their respective levels of government.

In a Transactional Town, You Need Real Relationships

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

While tradeoffs are an essential ingredient to reconciling conflicting positions, the transactional view in some ways puts the cart ahead of the horse. In reality, genuine personal relationships are essential to create any hope of bridging differences and finding common ground.

Understand Human Nature, Protect Human Rights

Luna Atamian | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Luna Atamian

"Compassionate empathy" is what the advocates for any cause want to ignite in their supporters. That's also the biggest challenge in advocacy: taking supporters from just caring about a cause to actually doing something about it.

2014 Election Lesson: Politics Is About Delivering for Your Constituents

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Dave Johnson

The economy is not going to get better for most Americans until some fundamental changes are made. It's a structural problem. The system is rigged for the benefit of a very few and their giant corporations. This is what has to be fixed before a better life can be delivered to most people.

How An Election Night Loss Can Be Your First Victory

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Knowing what to say and how to act in your campaign's lowest moment can be the spark that helps you kick-start your next successful run for office. It's an audition for the role you didn't know you were up for. In short, people are watching. Make it good.

Campaign Time

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 01.03.2015 | Education
Dr. Dustin Swanger

We need to have open discussions on campus, not about each and every issue (there isn't time), but about the need to think critically regarding voting. Teaching students to look at the issues and the candidates is important, it is also difficult.

Girls in Tech Ask Tech Companies to Close the Gender Pay Gap Through Their "Raise Awareness" Campaign #RAISETECH

Anne Ravanona | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Anne Ravanona

There has been much backlash in the press towards Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who told women at a tech conference last week, that they should not ask ...

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

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

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.