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Illinois Is One of the Best States to Earn a Living in the Country

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Illinoisans rarely are surprised when they hear bad economic news about the state. But a new study shows that Illinois scored high in one important area related to jobs and business: The state ranked as the nation's fifth-best place to make a living in 2015.

21 Things You've Definitely Eaten If You Grew Up In The Midwest

Thrillist | Posted 03.28.2015 | Taste

The region is flooded with deliciousness that much of the rest of the country hasn't even heard of.

The Many Voices of Being a Man

Curtis Shaw Child | Posted 03.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Curtis Shaw Child

While Roman and Nyro begin to navigate the tween express lane toward adulthood, I find myself connecting with and interpreting the many voices of being a man that I absorbed from my father.

Plan Your Ski Holiday: North American Ski Resorts at a Glance

Liftopia | Posted 02.08.2015 | Travel

One of the hardest, but most important, parts of planning is choosing where you want to go. With hundreds of ski areas in North America, where the heck do you start? Here's a quick guide on North American ski regions to help guide your planning.

Notes on a Midwestern Childhood as Ferguson Waits

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Karen Dalton-Beninato

After driving through an hour of cornfields, you passed the suburbs with fancy department stores, followed by the extreme poverty of East St. Louis, and then the city itself. A gauntlet of polar opposites before you even arrived.

Alright GOP, Time to Put Up Or Shut Up

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Congratulations Republicans, you've won control of Congress. Now it's time to put down the talking points, stop your OCD obsession with ObamaCare and ...

How One Man's Ohio Pop-Up Restaurant Is Bringing The Nashville Heat To The Midwest

Molly Tavoletti | Posted 10.13.2014 | Taste
Molly Tavoletti

What is it about THIS chicken that renders tourists, families and loyal locals alike so deliciously drawn in?

Report: Illinois is the Worst State in the Midwest to Raise Kids

Reboot Illinois | Posted 11.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Whether you live in an urban/suburban or rural area has a significant effect, as does household pre-tax annual income.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 5: Congressman John M. Shimkus

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.08.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's not just dirty money that earns Congressman Shimkus today's Dirty Denier award, it's his opposition to reducing dangerous carbon pollution.

This Is Why It's So Great To Be A Midwesterner, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Huzzah for America's Middle West! Its heartland. Its breadbasket.

Startup Voodoo Hopes to Highlight Thriving Midwest Startup Scene

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Dr. Abraham Froman

Sure, Silicon Valley has a new hit HBO show named after it due to a well-deserved penchant for deep-pocketed VC firms and companies launching culture-altering technologies. But to quote the "X-Files'" Fox Mulder, "Are we alone in the universe? Impossible.

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

Carny Philosopher King With Buffalo Bill Beard

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We're in a carnival bar, everyone in this bar is a carnival person. He was raised in carnivals and lives in carnivals. Yet he's not jaded.

Game-changing Quiet Revolution in Midwest Energy Efficiency

Howard Learner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Howard Learner

Electricity use and demand is truly disconnected from GNP growth. Our economy is growing, but more efficiently. This is a very big deal.

Left Out in the Cold

Sid Mohn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Last year 6,276 people were found to be homeless in Chicago, a number that is tallied by way of a one-night count.

Illinois Lags in Population Growth Among Midwest States

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When your economy thrives, your population grows. When it tanks, you end up like Illinois in the new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

11 Ways to Survive Chicago's Polar Vortex

The Second City Network | Posted 03.08.2014 | Chicago
The Second City Network

Holed up at home with your significant other/kids/dog/non-condoned space heater? Don't waste a perfectly good sub-zero day. Here are 11 ways you can have fun today (without losing any of the good parts of your face).

Midwest Under High Storm Threat

AP | By DON BABWIN and DAVID MERCER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unlea...

Illinois Fails to Make the ACT Honor Roll

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This isn't good news for the state or the country. We have to do better preparing our students for college and the workforce.

Nebraska Tornado May Have Been EF4

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2013 | Green

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A tornado that ripped through Nebraska, injuring 15 people and flattening buildings, may ...

22 Reasons The Midwest Is The Best

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel

1. Open roads 2. Steak 'n Shake 3. The Great Lakes 4. Paul Bunyan's birthplace 5. The Mall of America 6. The actual Field of ...

What Makes a Character 'Midwestern?'

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Nina Badzin

"Southern" conjures up certain images and characteristics in my mind. Same goes for the West Coast, Upper Northwest, Southwest, New York, and New England. But what about the Midwest? What does it mean to be Midwestern?

Alpita Shah: Sometimes, ‘Right Where You Started From' Is Right Where You Belong

Alpita Shah | Posted 08.02.2013 | Women
Alpita Shah

A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. At that point, I had been in government and international service for over a decade; I had begun questioning whether exporting Western capitalism to developing countries was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

Highlights From Tedx Midwest

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.13.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Tedx Midwest, brought to Chicago by Mike Hettwer and an organizing committee consisting entirely of dedicated volunteers, took place in Chicago on May 2nd and 3rd.