But people are stressing and straining to keep up with the necessities of life and it's going a bit too far to tax everyday people trying to find escape in something as simple as bowling with friends or watching a good show on cable.
Peacemaking circles, a cornerstone tool of the restorative justice movement, bring together victims and perpetrators, estranged or upset family members -- and on a weekly basis at The Center, members of opposing gangs.
A tiny white nun with glasses and grey hair, Donna rolls down her window to wave to everyone she passes on the street, from heavily armed police patrols to clusters of men she knows to be gang members.
Elections have consequences and none more so than in Illinois. While the obvious places of change (State House & Senate and Congressional races) became clear throughout Tuesday night, the less obvious is becoming clearer everyday after.
When I last wrote about Stanley Wrice, he was hoping to walk his daughter Gail down the aisle. Hope does not come easily to a man serving a 100-year sentence for a gang rape back in 1982, but Wrice had seized the momentum in his fight for exoneration.
Although Governor Pat Quinn disclosed no statistic revealing how many foreclosure have been prevented when he rolled out a batch of Illinois foreclosure prevention statistics over the weekend, he may have revealed something about 2014.