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Should Chicago Have a City Income Tax?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No one really enjoys taxes, but they're necessary to help pay for the government services we receive. That's why Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a potential property tax increase to help the city make up the pension deficit it currently is facing.

Who's Cheering Pat Quinn's Minimum Wage Hike Effort?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 02.24.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The minimum wage debate is setting up to be one of the most important topics in the 2014 Illinois election. Incumbent governor Pat Quinn has made it well-known he wants to increase Illinois' minimum wage.

USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With its recent editorial 'Obamacare Overreach Tramples Little Sisters of the Poor," USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to "get it" when it comes to religious freedom.

Who's Connected to Whom? Who's Invested in What? We Should Know More

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you think Illinois law should make it easier for taxpayers to untangle these webs of connections, and various other financial interests of office-holders, you'll want to read this.

Tribune Co. Becomes One Of Country's Largest TV Station Owners

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media

CHICAGO (AP) — The Tribune Co. said Friday that it has completed its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC. The company ...

'Quiet Dell' by Jayne Anne Phillips

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The moment when Duty, twice the survivor of families lost to disaster, is reconnected to murdered 9-year-old Annabel Eicher through her worn doll, Mrs. Pomeroy, will not leave a dry eye. Quiet Dell is a rare book. We readers are taken on a brilliant literary journey that passes through the netherworld but leaves us touched by grace.

'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants.

The 6 Things That Helped Me Get to the Finish Line of the Chicago Marathon

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ana Beatriz Cholo

I would reach that finish line, even if I had to crawl, which is why I sought the help of professionals, like the podiatrist and a good physical therapist who preached that you don't run to train, you train to run.

Cartoonist Explains Evolution of His Gay Marriage Stance

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The fast rise of support for the marriage bill that passed on Tuesday represents an amazingly rapid evolution for an issue that even five years ago was incomprehensible to much of the general public -- not to mention extremely sensitive politically.

Hidden Agenda Fuels Challenge to Pivotal Death Penalty Case

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony Porter, the exonerated death row inmate whose jubilant release from prison was the catalyst for abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, is back in the news after living in relative obscurity for years.

The Tribune Murdered the Truth

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

"Who Committed Murder?" the editorial's headline blared. Its focus was on a double homicide of a young couple that led to the conviction and near-execution of Anthony Porter in 1998. Porter was freed after another man, Alstory Simon, confessed to the slayings on videotape.

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

Why You Should Resist Term Limit Temptation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.

Take our Poll: Capitol Doors -- Sound Investment or Insane Boondoggle?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin is a staunch defender of the state Capitol refurbishing project that cost more than $50 million and included historically correct copper doors that cost $670,000.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bruce Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.24.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

What kind of watch does a man as wealthy as Bruce Rauner wear? It's among our Fun Facts for the Chicago venture capitalist-turned-gubernatorial candidate.

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Bill Daley

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bill Daley bowed out of the governor's race this week, we lost not only an exciting contested Democratic primary. We also lost one of the most potentially colorful candidates in recent election history.

Term Limits and Unintended Consequences

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.

Daley on Exit: I Could Have Won, That's Why I Quit

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Bill Daley offered a unique excuse Tuesday for why he had abandoned his bid for governor the previous day: He was confident he'd win. And he realized that, at 65, he wasn't prepared for the 5- to 9-year commitment winning the governorship would entail.

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.

Sponsor: Progressive Tax Push Coming in Spring

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

There are a handful of bills in the General Assembly seeking to change the state constitution to allow Illinois to drop its one-rate-for-all income tax system and implement a progressive income tax. But so far there's been no legislative push to get things moving.

Capitol Doors: Boondoggle, Investment or Symptom?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.12.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It seems like there are only two people who are happy about the shiny new $680,000 doors on the State Capitol: the architect overseeing the project and former Gov. Jim Thompson.

Emanuel on Letterman: Chicago Mayor "Best Job Ever'

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Hear Emanuel's response and his thoughts on gun control, Syria and running a president's staff -- plus a pretty good impression of his former boss, Bill Clinton -- in the video.

2014: Former Govs. Thompson, Edgar endorse Dillard

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.09.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Kirk Dillard already had the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Edgar, for whom Dillard was chief of staff before launching his Illinois Senate career in 1993.