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A Billionaire Governor Says Protests Don't Matter. He's Wrong.

Roberta Lynch | Posted 06.20.2016 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

"If protesting solved problems, Illinois wouldn't have any problems."

Illinois Has a Crisis of Confidence in Government. Here's What We Can Do to Change That

Ra Joy | Posted 03.14.2016 | Chicago
Ra Joy

We, the people, have the power to fix the governing crisis in Illinois. All of us who care about achieving true democracy should resolve to get informed and get more involved in our public life.

Will Rideshare Apps Change Springfield's Drunk Driving Culture?

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.25.2015 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

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.

It's Groundhog Day at CPS

Matt Farmer | Posted 09.17.2015 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

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.

Illinois 18th Congressional Candidates Support Climate Action in Democratic Debate

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.23.2016 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

The two Democrats running to replace Aaron Schock in Illinois' 18th Congressional district supported action on climate change in a recent debate sponsored by several news organizations.

Illinois State Senators Square off and Share Competing Ideas

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.10.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

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

Constitution Rock

Matt Farmer | Posted 06.02.2016 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

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.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Abraham Lincoln's Funeral

Lisa Singh | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel
Lisa Singh

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.

Roseland Deserves a First-class Hospital

Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston | Posted 10.05.2013 | Chicago
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston

Roseland Community Hospital (RCH) saved my life on Dec. 7, 1972. I was ten years old playing 'Bob Luce Wrestling' with my BFF Mark Gadison. Roughhous...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 07.23.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

The subject of political corruption is nothing new to Illinois, but the recent accusations of patronage against House Speaker Michael Madigan made by ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Last week Governor Pat Quinn fulfilled his threat to lawmakers that if they did not come up with a proposed solution to the pension crisis, they will ...

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

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.

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.31.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

I took their triumph as a sign of hope for Chicago and the state of Illinois that improvement in an organization, whether it is a hockey team or a government, is possible.

My Top Quotes in Illinois This Week

Madison Bondi | Posted 08.24.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

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.

Illinois House: Pass Marriage Equality to Make the "Land of Lincoln" Worthy of its Name

Brian Levin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Chicago
Brian Levin

If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he would surely deliver "The Springfield Address" that goes something like this.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities For Women

The Huffington Post | Hilary Tuttle | Posted 04.27.2012 | Crime

In only the first four months of 2012, almost 300 rapes and four serial rapists have been reported in Detroit, and a 2011 survey found 37 percent of w...

City Says Obama Owes $55,000 For Campaign Event 3 Years Ago

Posted 02.06.2012 | Chicago

Though more than three years have passed since the city hosted then-presidential candidate Barack Obama's announcement of Joe Biden as his running mat...

Springfield Mayor Changes His Tune On Civil Union Benefits

Posted 01.04.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston has come out in support of civil union spousal benefit...

Does Actress's Program Teach Good Manners Or Scientology?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Chicago

While her animated counterpart could use a lesson or two in good manners, the actress who has for years lent her voice to Bart Simpson is pushing Illi...

Springfield Mayor Found Fatally Shot In His Home

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Springfield Mayor Tim Davlin was found dead in his home early Tuesday, in what appears to be a suicide. The State Journal-Register reports that Davl...

Incredible That It's Business -- And Politics -- As Usual

R. Eden Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
R. Eden Martin

Without reforms and cuts, taxes will eventually go up a lot more than Quinn's budget director is signaling. Investments and jobs will leave the state.

Vacation Time in Springfield?

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

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.

15,000 Rally to Demand a Responsible State Budget

Dan Lesser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Dan Lesser

Reasonable minds do not disagree: a substantial increase in the state's revenues is an indispensable piece of the fiscal puzzle if our state is to avoid financial collapse.

Atheism Lawsuit: Illinois Politician Claims Atheist Sign Is 'Hate Speech'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

William J. Kelly, a Chicago Republican, is suing the Illinois Secretary of State for allowing an atheist sign to be placed next to a nativity scene in...

Unemployment Money To Increase For Illinois' Jobless

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- As jobless rates climb toward record highs, Illinois residents looking for work will see an extra $25 a week in unemployment...