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Artist Mom Captures Suburban Life In Whimsical Photo Series

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.18.2017 | Parents

Photographer and mom of three Julie Blackmon finds creative inspiration in her suburban surroundings. Over the past 10 years, she’s photographed her...

In 25 Cities, Communities Say NO To Islamophobia

Donna Nevel | Posted 12.23.2016 | Politics
Donna Nevel

photo from JVP Western Mass, Springfield, MA On Wednesday evening, Dec. 21st, in 25 cities across the United States, Jews, Muslims, and other commun...

Sport and Society for Arete - Basketball's Birthday

Richard Crepeau | Posted 12.22.2016 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Invented in the United States by a Canadian in the late 19th century, basketball may be the most American of all sports. Within less than a half cent...

Here's A New Clue About Where 'The Simpsons' Actually Takes Place

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | Posted 09.27.2016 | Entertainment

The Simpson family has resided in the American town of Springfield for nearly three decades. But despite millions of fellow Americans watching their l...

Pizzeria Owner Wins Thanksgiving With Amazing Sefless Gesture

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 11.27.2015 | Good News

A pizza restaurant owner in a small town in Ohio gave a free meal to over 100 people on Thanksgiving after a sign he posted offering to feed anyone in...

Will Rideshare Apps Change Springfield's Drunk Driving Culture?

Will Reynolds | Posted 11.25.2016 | 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.

Trump to Hold Rally in Springfield After Hosting "SNL"

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.05.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Billionaire/reality TV star/GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump will hold a rally in Springfield on Monday, less than 48 hours after hosting "Saturd...

10 of the Saddest Things That Have Happened Because of the Illinois Budget Battle

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.23.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

As the Illinois budget impasse drags on, we wanted to recap some of the saddest repercussions the logjam in Springfield has had on people and organiza...

Two of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000 in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 10.05.2016 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

A new analysis of the FBI's latest crime data ranked two Illinois cities among the nation's Top 10 most dangerous with populations under 200,000.

How Universal Studios Hollywood Uses Krusty Burger to Keep Theme Park Guests from Peeking at Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 09.26.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Fans of The Simpsons have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield. Well, that dream became a reality back on April 2nd of this year when Springfield officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Rauner Administration, Democrats Getting Very Good at Driving Each Other Crazy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.25.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois Public Radio reporters Tony Arnold and Amanda Vinicky this week teamed up for a pair of stories that, in highly entertaining and informative fashion, describe two methods the opposing sides have used this year to antagonize each other and whip up the hostility that defines the 2015 legislative session.

Rauner on Property Tax Freeze Bill: Illinois Should Not Be 'Dictatorship From Chicago'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.06.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner says a property tax freeze passed by the Illinois Senate this week is more evidence of Illinois being run as a "dictatorship from Chicago" by House Speaker Michael Madigan and his Democratic allies in the city.

What Can Happen When a District Takes Responsibility for its African American Students?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.05.2016 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Lexington is almost a textbook case of a high-performing school district that had dismissed the low performance of its low-income and African American students for years, until a determined superintendent found a way to serve them better.

3 Ideas on Dealing With Illinois' Pension Crisis

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.18.2016 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Now that the Illinois Supreme Court has said that the state's 2013 pension reform law won't fly, Illinois finds itself in a difficult position. How to (legally) reform the state's pension systems in a way that saves money and maintains the necessary components of the pensioners' benefits?

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DUI Suspect Can't Seem To Keep Her Tongue In Her Mouth | David Lohr | Posted 04.07.2015 | Weird News

The tongue is an ingenious organ. It manipulates food for consumption, and conveys a range of moods and biological urges. The outstretched muscular...

Miller: Gov. Bruce Rauner Has Not Shut the Door on Tax Hikes

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.28.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Rich Miller of Capitol Fax took a look at how exactly Rauner and his team plan to deal with the state's issues, including the possibility of higher taxes along with spending cuts.

3 Challenges Facing Illinois in 2015

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.04.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The new year has a lot in store for Illinois, with a new governor, the process of replacing late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and the prospect of mor...

Public Recordings of Police Officers Will Be Legal in Illinois After All

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.15.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

I'm not sure how this caught fire and spread so quickly on Facebook and Twitter, because the whole point of the eavesdropping law revision was to remove language that made it a felony for any citizen to record a law enforcement officer on duty. It was that portion of the eavesdropping law that made it both unconstitutional and absurdly antiquated.

20 Facts That Prove the Simpsons Live in Illinois

Madison Bondi | Posted 01.13.2015 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

While The Simpsons has shown us the lighter side of history, politics and pop culture, one thing they haven't shown us is their home state. This ongoing gag has stirred up quite the tug-of-war among Simpsons fans wanting to stake their claim.

Embracing Gratitude in Our Daily Lives

Dannia Guzman | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Dannia Guzman

Every single day we all have small and big things that make our lives better. It is up to us to choose to live mindfully in the present while learning from the past and planning for the future. We can take action now and start by being grateful for every day.

There May Be Fewer Reporters Covering State Politics in Illinois, Across U.S.

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

According to a new PewResearch Journalism Project report, the number of accredited Illinois Statehouse reporters has nearly halved in the last decade, down from 43 in 2003-2004 to just 22 this year.

Thanks to Yelp, We've Assembled Your City-by-City Illinois Restaurant Travel Guide

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 08.25.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you're having a hard time figuring out where to take the family for dinner, or maybe that hot date of yours, there's a list for that.

Watch Chicago's Middle Class Disappear With This Amazing Map

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.04.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In 1970, Chicago had a booming middle class. In the 40+ years since then, the middle class has disappeared from the city, squeezed out by growing lower and upper classes. It has left the city with two different economies.

Springfield, Mass.: Oh, the Places You Don't Know

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

For travelers who believe Springfield to be a one-stop wonder, think again.

Where Are Illinois' "Super Zips"?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Zip codes with very high median incomes and large percentages of college graduates are considered "Super Zips." Illinois has a handful. Do you live in...