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Watch: What Does Gov. Rauner's Budget Proposal Mean for Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.21.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Bruce Rauner didn't just deliver his Budget Address on Wednesday. He detonated a bomb over state budgeting practices and philosophy that have guided Illinois government finances for at least 12 years.

Will Part of Chicago's Historic Washington Park Be Confiscated for the Obama Presidential Library?

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 03.14.2015 | Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum

Mr. Douglas says the ultimate decision about the library's location rests with President and Mrs. Obama, which raises a question: If president Obama wants to again make history, does he want to do so by endorsing the expropriation of public parkland?

he TV Generation, Healthy Snacks and Husky Toughskins

Tom Cramer | Posted 01.16.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Recently, I read an article that said many boomers prefer the term "TV generation" over baby boomer, and I strongly identify with that.

"We Are the Ninety-(Fill in the Blank) Percent"

Matt Farmer | Posted 08.12.2012 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

There's an obvious disconnect between teachers' perceptions of Jean-Claude Brizard and Brizard's claimed relationship with teachers. It's been a problem for some time, and it's just getting worse.

Veteran Chicago Journalist Carol Marin Reflects on Politics, Media

David Vognar | Posted 08.04.2012 | Chicago
David Vognar

Reflecting on her own career, Marin realized that there has been a revolution in technology every ten years and told the young people listening to expect even more revolutions to come.

Behind the Scenes With Actresses Joyce Piven and Joan Cusack

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 08.07.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Behind the Scenes With Master Puppeteer, Blair Thomas

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.24.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

What Blair Thomas creates in his puppet theatre is nothing short of magical. Blair often does everything from puppet building, the costume creation, and music to the performances themselves.

'A Vast Wasteland': 50th Anniversary Of A Classic Speech

The New York Times | JAMES WARREN | Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

Sitting high above the Loop with Newton Minow, I realized that history buried his lede -- to his everlasting good fortune....

Behind the Scenes With Blues Musician, Nicholas Barron

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 06.05.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In Episode 1 of Fear No ART Chicago, Nicholas Barron belts out the blues in his guitar-filled studio. He also talks about when a song is good... and, well, not so good.

Behind The Scenes with Fashion Designer Lauren Lein

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In this segment from Fear No Art Chicago, long-time Chicago fashion veteran Lauren Lein talks about the thriving fashion community and how young Chicago designers are getting noticed.

Behind the Scenes With Art Collector Candace Jordan

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

I usually interview artists on Fear No ART Chicago. However, art collectors, in addition to artists, make it possible for the arts to thrive.

Behind the Scenes With Tango Dancer Jorge Niedas

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Feeling like this winter is dragging on too long without passion and zest in your life? I found that nothing revitalizes the senses like a tango lesson!

Behind the Scenes With Ceramic Artist Jay Strommen

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Ceramic artist Jay Strommen is opening a new show, Accolades to the East, at the Perimeter Gallery.

Tony Tasset, Giant Chicago Eye Sculptor

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano


The Untold Story of Black Chicagoans

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

It is true that violence is rampant in predominantly African-American neighborhoods, but the actions of a few should not lead to unfair stereotypes of the majority.

At the Movies: The Curtain Falls on a Chicago Institution

Donald Liebenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Donald Liebenson

Siskel and Ebert were the unlikeliest of pop culture icons. The cancellation of At the Movies is another ominous portent for the future of serious film criticism.

Feder: Where Is The African-American Presence On "Chicago Tonight"?

Vocalo | Robert Feder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The idea of a Chicago television news operation without a single African American reporter or anchor on staff seems like a throwback to some other era...