"Where are you from?" It's a simple question, but for a generation of 20-somethings constantly trying to find themselves and where they belong, it's so much more than that.
While North Carolina's recent decision is clearly a setback, the progress in Illinois, Colorado, and nationally shows that when concerned citizens organize, we can make real change and beat back the onslaught of greed and political corruption.
The first one to watch is Texas, where briefings are due in early July. That state's marriage-equality ban has already been declared unconstitutional, but now we have to wait for an appeal to work its way through the system.
The much-loved poet Dr. Maya Angelou once wrote, "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." It is that unrelenting power of love that unfolded during our fight for marriage equality in Illinois.
This victory is the first time Illinois environmentalists worked together on fracking since four Chicago-based organizations chose to support a flawed regulatory bill over the loud objection of people in potentially impacted regions.
Memorial Day has come and gone and the summer season is officially underway. As the temperatures rise, you may be planning out the calendar for the next three months before autumn makes a return.
How much compromise is too much? It's a question that plagues policy advocates when their champion legislation is watered down or stuffed with pork in legislative committees.
It's budget time right now in Springfield, and this year lawmakers are arguing over whether to make permanent the temporary tax increase passed in 2011. The tax debate makes this year's budget talks all the more contentious.
No matter the outcome -- whether Republicans gain control or Democrats narrowly retain it -- it is worth taking a look at the underlying dynamics of the Senate field for the next two election cycles.
From musicians, professional athletes, actors, writers and both good and bad gunmen, here are 15 famous downstate Illinoisians. If you don't know much about them, there are some interesting tidbits of information following the list.
With the death toll still mounting at a coal mine in Turkey, another southern Illinois coal miner lost his life this week, along with two West Virginia miners. The state of Illinois, meanwhile -- called out at public hearings for a brewing coal ash catastrophe -- handed out a controversial permit for a Peabody Energy strip mine in southern Illinois.
Some of the names took fairly circuitous routes to get to Illinois. There are even cities elsewhere in the country that were named for places in Illinois. This is not an exhaustive list. Does the name of your community come from somewhere else or have a cool origin story?
Under the law, annual increases in benefits are reduced, the retirement age is raised and the salary on which a pension can be earned is capped.
Illinois lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of unemployment is nothing new... it has been that way since the recession. But why can't the Land of Lincoln catch up? Why does it have to be stuck in the pack at the back?
Teacher pensions have been a hot topic in Illinois for a while now. With the state drowning in debt, in large part because of unfunded pension liabilities, it's hard to be a teacher around here these days. But, for school administrators, life in the education sphere is a little more glamorous.
Across the nation, states have about $110 billion in capital available through similar water infrastructure funds, which are supported by annual federal and state appropriations. As climate impacts worsen, they are going to need to tap that cash.