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Showdown in Chicago: Harold Washington Loyalist vs. 'Mayor 1 Percent'

Robert Naiman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Robert Naiman

National media are already portraying this as a national showdown between the Hillary Clinton/Wall Street/corporate wing of the Democratic Party and the Elizabeth Warren/Bernie Sanders/Harold Washington populist wing.

An Open Letter to My Students: I Am Sorry for What I Am About to Do to You

Jessica Lifshitz | Posted 03.05.2015 | Education
Jessica Lifshitz

To all of my precious students: My guess is that all of you will wonder why I am making you take these tests. And the answer is simple. I have to. Our state and federal government say that I have to give these tests to you. That you must take them. And I need you to know how very sorry I am about that.

The Case for Restorative Justice

Nancy Michaels | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Nancy Michaels

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.

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 03.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Ku Klux Klan Fliers Promoting Islamophobia Found In Washington State Neighborhood

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

Ku Klux Klan fliers are rattling a city in Washington state, after residents found the anti-Muslim propaganda thrown in their driveways last month. ...

John O'Hurley (aka J. Peterman) On Life, Love And His Favorite 'Seinfeld' Episode

Pat Gallagher | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

John O'Hurley is the unofficial seventh most interesting man in the world. We know this because the 'Seinfeld' actor cleverly surmises that little-known fact on his Twitter bio.

I On Exceptional Living -- Catharine Hamilton: Chicago to Versailles

Irene Michaels | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Irene Michaels

Catharine Hamilton is not only an exceptionally graceful individual, with an elegant Texan drawl and charmed sense of style, she has dedicated her time to many great causes and organizations, from the Institute of International Education and the Junior League to the cause closest to her heart, the restoration of Versailles.

Chicago's First Black Major League Baseball Player Dies

AP | JAY COHEN | Posted 03.02.2015 | Sports

JAY COHEN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Minnie Minoso, who hit a two-run home run in his first at-bat when he became major league baseball's f...

Wesley Kimler: 'I Never See Beauty'

John Seed | Posted 02.28.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Wesley Kimler, one of the last tough-guy painters, likes his studio chaotic. It's a kind of parallel universe, which suits Kimler fine, since he acknowledges that he has "an inability to live in the real world."

Friday Talking Points -- D.C. Smoke-In History

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington D.C., deserves at least an honorable mention, for standing strong in the face of threats of jail time from House Republicans, for allowing the will of the voters (70 percent of them) to become law this week.

Chicago Nears Fiscal Free Fall With Latest Downgrade

Reuters | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business

(Recasts; adds details of financial pressures, comment from watchdog group, trading of bonds) By Karen Pierog CHICAGO, ...

People Power Beat Big Money in Chicago

George Goehl | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
George Goehl

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.

7 Ways Chicago Ended Up with an Emanuel-Garcia Runoff

Reboot Illinois | Posted 02.27.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Chicagoans spoke at the ballot boxes while voting for mayor Feb. 24 -- and their choice for the next leader of the city was not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia or for any of the three other candidates. The decision made by Chicago voters was "We're not sure yet."

Chicago Rallies Around Cleantech Women in the Shark Tank

Amy Francetic | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Amy Francetic

I recently had the great honor of celebrating the success of LuminAID, a Chicago-based cleantech company that produces solar-powered inflatable lights...

Former Detainees Detail Abuse At America's 'Domestic Black Site'

First Look | Posted 02.26.2015 | Crime
Read More: Chicago, Crime News

On Tuesday, The Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman reported on the “equivalent of a CIA black site” operated by police in Chicago. ...

How The Internet Warmed The Hearts And Home Of These Chicago Nuns

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 02.28.2015 | Religion

These Chicago nuns have been taking care of needy strangers for years. Now, it’s their turn to be sheltered and protected. Strangers have raised...

This Billionaire's Wife Reportedly Wants $1 Million A Month In Child Support

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 02.26.2015 | Divorce

After filing for divorce last year, billionaire Kenneth Griffin reportedly says his wife is claiming $1 million in monthly expenses to support their t...

With Chicago's Mayoral Election Headed to a Runoff, How Badly Do Chicagoans Still Want the 'Strongman' Style of Emanuel?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.25.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

On Feb. 24, Emanuel did not win outright. He won about 45 percent of the vote, with challenger Jesus "Chuy Garcia" winning about 34 percent. The two will go head-to-head in an April 7 runoff. Will Chicagoans double down on their wish for an Emanuel-strong leader or forge a new road and elect Garcia?

Why I Choose to Be the Annoying Friend

Mac Grambauer | Posted 02.24.2015 | Women
Mac Grambauer

I am an annoying friend. I am the person that gets unfollowed on Facebook and that people avoid mentioning certain topics around. I am the friend constantly sharing petition and calls to action, political articles and news stories. At parties, I am the one that shouts at friends to go vote, and lectures siblings when they don't update their voter registration address

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

The Agency Vince Built: Chicago Entrepeneur and Family's Five Decades in Travel Industry

Steve Karras | Posted 02.23.2015 | Chicago
Steve Karras

Conenna's son John, now the President of Venus Travel recalls the hardworking father who tirelessly kept long hours.

7 People Who Care for Nature and Community

Marianne Krasny | Posted 02.23.2015 | Green
Marianne Krasny

Whether planting trees in New Orleans or picking up trash in Tehran, one of the most effective ways to heal disaster-struck and neglected places is through community led and driven action. The folks who take care of their local environments and communities are not famous. But we could all learn from their bold actions.

Ready to Give 'Not Tonight, Dear' a Rest? The Truth Behind Headaches, Hormones and Sex

Trupti Gokani, MD | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Trupti Gokani, MD

"I have a headache." We have all been there. Our lives often seem so over-scheduled with working, carpools, kids activities, running to the grocery st...

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

David Orr | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
David Orr

Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Names 3 New National Monuments | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will designate three new national monuments on Thursday and announce a new initiative to increase the number of c...