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When Who You Know Just Won't Work

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.28.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Taxpayers who are footing the bills want to know and trust that people are being hired on skill and merit, period. That they're being given promotions based on performance. And too often in Illinois government it does work that way.

Deb Mell Is a Qualified Candidate Chosen Through a Corrupted Process

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 07.25.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

State Rep and soon-to-be Alderman Deb Mell is, by all accounts, qualified for the job she is about to assume. She seems to have done good work in Spri...

Income tax debate takes center stage

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SPOTLIGHT ON INCOME TAX Jan. 1, 2015, is D-Day for Illinois' income tax. That's when most of the 2011 temporary income tax increase expires, dropping ...

Where to Begin on Metra Mess -- And Where Will It End?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.21.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

This Metra mess is wrong on so many different levels, it's hard to know where it will end or where to begin.

Madigans and Mells: Who Needs More From Our Political Family Dramas?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 07.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Will Lisa and Mike stand side by side smiling warmly at the Democrats' big rally day at the state fair? Or will Attorney General Madigan authorize an investigation into Speaker Madigan's Metra manueverings?

Social Media Week, I Mean Social Media Life

Joe Moreno | Posted 11.27.2011 | Chicago
Joe Moreno

There's literally no excuse for elected officials not to utilize social media. I would love to be known as the most accessible alderman in the city.

Chicago Runoffs Feature Limited Turnout

John V. Santore | Posted 06.09.2011 | Chicago
John V. Santore

14 Chicago wards hosted an aldermanic runoff on Tuesday, April 5th, determining close to a third of the City Council's composition. On average, voter ...

Aldermanic Candidate Che "Rhymefest" Smith on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mark Bazer

The rapper and Chicago aldermanic candidate stopped by The Interview Show, hosted by Mark Bazer at The Hideout, to discuss his campaign, his message and his past.

Democracy Is Not a Tragedy

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Kelly Kleiman

Rahm Emanuel's decision to return to Chicago reflects the most troubling aspect of Chicago politics: the notion that the city needs a dictator and the only important challenge is finding a new one.

How Melinda and Bill Gates Taught Me that Great Philanthropy is Not Just About Money

Lisa Endlich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lisa Endlich

Great philanthropists know that failure is almost certainly one of the first few steps. In good economic times and in bad, with small effort or large: get on with it, get over it and just start.