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The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Honors Our Literary Giants

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Every year, six critical writers who hailed from Chicago at least during some point in their careers are heralded posthumously for the important works that left their mark on future generations of writers and artists.

Hidden in the Shadows of the Government Shutdown, Millions Are Now Eligible for Health Care Coverage

Ben Hecht | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Despite the well-publicized issues with the Health Insurance Marketplace Open enrollment, millions of people are eligible to enroll, and demand is high. Websites crashed from exceeded bandwidth limits and anxious Americans.

Easy Reader: Recommending Michael Feinstein on the Gershwins and Him, Gary Marmorstein on Lorenz Hart

David Finkle | Posted 03.01.2013 | Books
David Finkle

Ostensibly, what Feinstein is offering in his book is, as its title promises, a prolonged glimpse into his life as a devoted George and Ira Gershwin protegé.

The Kind of Innovation America Needs

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

We must grow and mentor cutting edge entrants to tech if we are to forge a new middle class in a new economy with very different rules.

When Comedy Was Clean and Comediennes Were King

John Farr | Posted 04.05.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

For those wanting a respite from today's low, "in-your-face" brand of comedy, here are a few tried-and-true classics featuring these top screen comediennes. These special ladies made us laugh -- and feel smart -- at the same time.

Apps for Parents: New Children's Tales by VivaBook Are Worth Exploring

Greg Archer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Greg Archer

I quickly found myself chucking my "hatred" for things like iPad books. I'm a sucker for "heart." There's a lot of "heart" here. There's also a lot of fun.

Group Donates $80 Million To Help 5 Struggling U.S. Cities

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

More than $80 million in grants, loans and investments were awarded Thursday to fund five U.S. cities' initiatives to help low-income communities, rep...

Four Steps to Save Publishing, by the Unpublished

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karen Dalton-Beninato

The collective naval-gazing of reporters and publishers far exceeds the outcry when free downloads upended the music industry and streaming video tanked television ratings, because when a crisis hits the writers it's what we write about.