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Cosmetology Rules Show Absurdity of Occupational Licensing

Hilary Gowins | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

Increasingly, going into business for yourself or embarking on a new career doesn't just require setting up shop and acquiring the necessary skills for success. It's about paying fees and meeting arbitrary government requirements.

Three Cities Show How Food Trucks Live and Die on Political Whim

Hilary Gowins | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Hilary Gowins

If you care about people having access to good, reasonably priced food, and the ability to open and operate a safe, responsible and successful business, the food-truck fight happening across the country should matter to you.

Memorial Day: For Vets, Too Many Delays and Not Enough Parades

Michael Winship | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our veterans deserve much, much better. And of course, as far as I'm concerned, a lot more parades.

Regulations Don't Kill Jobs, They Save Lives

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

It's one of the oldest right-wing claims: "Excessive" regulation will harm job creators and kill the economy. But is it based on sound economics?

Policies Are Evil

Liz Ryan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

If we care about quality, and energy, and trust, we'll talk about situations that arise, and handle them in context, the way people have done in every society since the dawn of time.

'I Like My Skin Thin, Thank You'

Lisa Guest | Posted 07.25.2012 | Women
Lisa Guest

I've been told I over-analyze things too much. I've been told I'm too sensitive about little things. I've been told I should grow a thicker skin. I like my skin thin.

Courage in the Adoption Waiting Game

Craig Juntunen | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Craig Juntunen

Today, courage and strength have replaced love and desire as the most important characteristics for people who take on the international adoption process. The expected 18- to 24-month adoption process has turned into a maddening and unnecessary four or five year ordeal.

Matt Sledge

Obama PledgesTo 'Clear Away The Red Tape' For Construction Projects | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.26.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama promised in his 2012 State of the Union address on Tuesday night to "sign an executive order clearing away the red tape that sl...

The 10 Colleges With The Worst Bureaucracies

Posted 01.31.2012 | College

Hating waiting forever to get your transcript? Don't want to deal with a nightmare when you switch majors? It may be time to look critically at scho...

Kitchen Found 'Not Liable' For City Fines, But Remain Incensed

Posted 10.29.2011 | Chicago

When Logan Square Kitchen owner Zina Murray announced last week that she was heading to court to challenge three violations she described as "groundle...

Shared Kitchen 'Fed Up' After 19 City Health Inspections

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

The Logan Square Kitchen, a collective kitchen space based on Chicago's near Northwest Side is no stranger to red tape, but after nearly 20 inspection...

Two Years Later, City Allows Chicago Hot Dog Stand To Hang Their Sign

Posted 10.12.2011 | Chicago

The owner of Felony Franks, a prison-themed West Side hot dog stand, on Thursday installed a sign advertising his business following a two-year legal ...

City Rolls Out Red Tape For Bike-Powered Pub Crawl

Posted 09.20.2011 | Chicago

A popular Minnesota-based bike-powered pub crawl company looking to expand into the Chicago market has run into more than its fair share of difficulti...

Chicago Scene Boat Party Leaves City For Hammond, Ind., After Permit Issues

Posted 08.31.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Scene Boat Party, a shindig "consistently voted the wettest and wildest event of the summer" according to its organizers, had better hope ...

U.S. Firms Growing Impatient With Chinese Bureaucracy, Survey Says

Reuters | Koh Gui Qing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By Koh Gui Qing BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. firms are increasingly vexed over growing Chinese red tape that prevents them from expanding quickly in Ch...

Red Tape: A Solar Play in One Long, Expensive Act

Peter Hanlon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Hanlon

Customers who want to install small-scale, distributed generation like solar panels and wind turbines are confronted with a maze of complex, expensive and lengthy local permitting requirements.

Park Service Releases 2,400 Pages Of Dog Walking Rules | January 26, 2011 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama promised to streamline government, reorganize agencies and eliminate unnecessary rules to get bureaucracy out...

Captive Flower

H. Candace Gorman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
H. Candace Gorman

My client, Mr. Al-Ghizzawi, told me during one of our first visits about a flower that was outside his cage at Guantanamo, just sticking out of the desert terrain, by itself.

Italy: No Country For Young Men

Alessandro Fusacchia and Fabio Oliva | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alessandro Fusacchia and Fabio Oliva

Change, unfortunately, is hard to come by in Italy, a country bogged down by red-tape, political scandals and lack of innovation.