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Young and Entrepreneurial: How Former Consultants Turned Startup Founders Will and Fei Are Tackling the Quarter Life Crisis

David Ongchoco | Posted 07.23.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

You can call them the hipsters, the millennials, the crazy ones, the ex-consultants, the immigrants but the Quarter Life Crisis (QLC) team has found a problem they want to solve.

State Rep. Batinick: Our biggest problem is not pensions or the budget

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.19.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Reboot Illinois is talking to 22 new Illinois legislators about what they hope to accomplish during their time in office, what they love about Illinoi...

12 Women Startups Aim to Disrupt Startup World at Women Startup Pitch Competition

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, the Women Startup Challenge is on a roll. In Round I, over $315,000 was raised by the startups. A panel of judges consisting of investors and t...

Illinois State Senators Square off and Share Competing Ideas

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.10.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois lawmakers are back to the drawing board when it comes to figuring out a balanced budget for the state.

Some Good News Out of Illinois' Crazy Spring Legislative Session

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.05.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There are at least a few bright spots in Illinois politics worth remembering if for no other reason than to fight off depression at the dysfunction of Illinois government. Here are some of the best bills that the General Assembly passed this spring, which are awaiting the governor's approval.

Rauner and Madigan Have the Power to Sink or Save Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the two sides are disagreeing politically on how to run the best government for Illinoisans, Rauner, Madigan and their colleagues have surprisingly similar stated goals in the work: champion the middle class.

WATCH: Illinois Political Leaders Knock Heads

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois Democrats and Republicans weren't able to come to a budget compromise that pleased nearly everyone in Springfield by the end of the spring legislative session May 31. Now the people most directly involved have issued frank and sometimes cutting opinions on who is to blame.

5 Reasons Illinoisans Are Paying for the Madigan/Rauner Budget Fight

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.28.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinois lawmakers only have until midnight May 31 to approve a state budget and spending plan that is balanced and funds all of the programs the state needs to run efficiently. The House and Senate Democratic majorities very likely will approve one, but it will be rejected.

Improving Millennials' Financial Literacy With Mobile Technology

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

The global growth of handheld digital devices among younger people is transforming the way consumers are getting their information in general, and financial information in particular. On April 15, the 2015 Financial Literacy Summit brought together international financial literacy experts to discuss how mobile technology can improve financial literacy for today's young adults.

Taking Action to Fund Women-Led Startups

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

It's about time that we invest more in women-led startups. There's talk about how we need to #changetheratio, but talk's not enough. There's gotta be action that disrupts the tech sector. Today, I'm partnering with Women Who Tech to launch the first-ever Women Startup Challenge.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Suggests Widespread Spending Cuts in Budget Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.20.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner introduced his plan for the state's Fiscal Year 2016 budget during an address in front of the General Assembly Feb. 18. Rauner outlined a plan that his administration says would eliminate a $6.2-billion budget deficit.

Gov. Bruce Rauner faced Democratic laughter during minimum wage increase proposal at Illinois State of the State speech

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.11.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Gov. Bruce Rauner suggested in his State of the State Address raising the minimum wage to $10 over seven years, Democrats in the audience laughed...

Big Improvements Ahead for Illinois Infrastructure?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.01.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's many challenges as he attempts to lead the state in a better direction will be to improve its infrastructure.

A New Era in Illinois Politics?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.29.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Executive Mansion in Springfield, could this really be the beginning of a new, cooperative era in Illinois politics?

Illinois' State Legislators Have the Fifth-Highest Salaries in the Country

Reboot Illinois | Posted 03.22.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The states that paid their legislators the most in 2014, ahead of Illinois, were California, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan. New Mexico's state legislators don't receive an annual salary and New Hampshire lawmakers only earn an annual salary of $200.

Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

Jim Edgar remembers his own time as an Republican governor working with a Democratic legislature in Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.24.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will follow in the footsteps of former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar when he takes control of a state in a fiscal crisis ...

New Laws in Illinois You Don't Want to Miss

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.21.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

On January 1, many new Illinois laws went into effect, including prohibiting cellphone use while driving and a speed limit increase on some Illinois highways. Since then, the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly brought another batch of new laws and other actions. Here are five.

"Two Persons"

Brett Webb-Mitchell | Posted 08.30.2014 | Religion
Brett Webb-Mitchell

While I live in a state that amended its constitution to define marriage by religious morality rather than constitutional law, making it impossible for my partner and me to marry in North Carolina, at least my Church appreciates the many ways that love and marriage can be defined. After all, we are just two persons in love.

The Presbyterian Church's Tough Love of Israel

Sam Bahour | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sam Bahour

Palestinian civil society and Palestinians -- Christians and Muslims -- have urged everyone interested in seeing peace with justice to divest from the occupation and to invest only where the occupation does not benefit.

Tech Startups With Federal Purse Strings

John McLaughlin | Posted 08.17.2014 | Technology
John McLaughlin

Startups can live or die by the depth of their investors' pockets, but some have stumbled on what can often be the most reliable source of funding -- contracts with the federal government.

How to Raise a Billion Dollars

Lee Schneider | Posted 07.01.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

More than a billion dollars has been raised on Kickstarter since the platform was founded in 2009. Hundreds of millions have been raised on IndieGoGo,...

Customer Loyalty With a SXSW Interactive Twist

Kristen Tischhauser | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Kristen Tischhauser

Those who go to Austin, Texas for South by Southwest Interactive, otherwise known as SXSW Interactive, know they're going to enjoy an incredible confe...

California Regulators Say Coding Bootcamps "In Good Faith" Won't Be Shut Down

Turnstyle | Posted 04.05.2014 | San Francisco
Turnstyle

by Nishat Kurwa (@nishatjaan) The cease and desist letters sent to so-called "hacker schools" in California is an attempt to protect students, not e...

Shift:Tech -- New Entrepreneurial Initiative Brings Tiny Armenia to forefront of World IT Industry

Christopher Atamian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

ONEArmenia and its latest venture, the Shift::Tech initiative bring tectonic change to Armenia, one project at a time.