It's true. Springfield has a drunk driving problem. The city was third in the state for DUI arrests in 2014. Although they make fewer arrests than Chicago police, the Springfield DUI arrest rate per officer is much higher.
Five years ago, on September 15, 2010, a group of mothers began a sit-in at Whittier Elementary School in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. The mothers took this action only after trying unsuccessfully for years to get a library for their kids' school.
Social studies teachers at Chicago's Darwin Elementary School probably had a blast last month preparing their seventh and eighth-grade students for the state-mandated constitution test. Let's face it. In this town, test prep material practically writes itself.
The small town of Springfield, Illinois is gearing up for a global event. April 15 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and local community leaders are busy preparing to reenact the historic procession in his adopted home state of Illinois.
While many people relaxed in celebration of the 4th of July holiday, Illinois was buzzing from the recent release of former Governor George Ryan, Bill Daley's endorsement from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Quinn's partial veto of a concealed carry firearms bill.
Starting with the seemingly-endless battle of pension reform in Springfield, to our crumbling public school systems in Chicago; no one can deny that this week in Illinois was brimming with some pretty intriguing sound bites.
The real fixes for our state's budget crisis -- fixes that will likely include both an income tax hike and some deep spending cuts -- are being put off, for reasons purely political, until after Election Day.