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Reparations and Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The story that troubles me is what occurred under America's first African-American president, in our own time. I refer to the preventable catastrophe of the wipe-out of black home equity. Beginning in the 1970s, when the Federal government finally stopped colluding in racial redlining, black families at last got a reasonable shot at accumulating wealth via the dream of homeownership -- assets for one's old age and something to pass along to one's children. One of the most disgusting slanders by the right against low-income people and especially African Americans is the claim that the subprime collapse resulted from the government pressuring lenders to loan to unqualified borrowers. The vast majority of subprime loans were written by mortgage companies not even covered by federal law. Subprime was a scheme originated on Wall Street to profit from deceiving borrowers.

When Conan Plays Video Games, No Trees Are Safe

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 05.23.2014 | Comedy

Trees in futuristic Chicago better beware. This week, Conan O'Brien, talk show host and "Clueless Gamer," got a sneak preview of "Watch Dogs" for P...

The Climate Post: EPA Power Plant Rule Deadline Approaching

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.23.2014 | Green
Tim Profeta

Next month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will issue a proposed rule that sets the first-ever carbon emissions standards for the country's existing power plants. The rule, to be announced by President Barack Obama, is rumored to include a phased approach leading to steeper emissions limits over time.

Marriage Can't End Poverty

Sid Mohn | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

To say that marriage would end homelessness, illness, joblessness and injustice -- issues at the core of poverty -- simply doesn't make sense. Getting married doesn't put a roof over your head, treat your illnesses, or get you a better job.

Vegetarian Eating in Chicago

Findery | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Findery

When you hear the words: "vegetarian Chicago," do you think: cheese pizza? Hot dog, hold the dog? In a city obsessed with Hot Doug's, you may not know that Chicago has a thriving vegetarian -- and vegan -- dining scene.

An Energetic Yet Emotionally Empty Motown the Musical

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

If more real, connecting moments like this could have been found within this story, Motown the Musical could be more than just a glossy hit parade of fabulous songs backed by a smattering of a history lesson.

Is Illinois Raking in Taxes from Your County?

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.22.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

It's budget time right now in Springfield, and this year lawmakers are arguing over whether to make permanent the temporary tax increase passed in 2011. The tax debate makes this year's budget talks all the more contentious.

McDonald's CEO Under Pressure In Wake Of Protests

AP | By CANDICE CHOI and TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) — McDonald's CEO Don Thompson sought to address a growing chorus of critics on issues including worker pay and marketing to chi...

Chicago Novelist And Producer Dies At Age 83

AP | Posted 05.21.2014 | Black Voices

CHICAGO (AP) — Poet and novelist Sam Greenlee has died in Chicago at the age of 83. Greenlee was best known for his 1969 novel "The Spook Who Sat b...

More Fast Food Unrest Coming

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business

By Lisa Baertlein May 21 (Reuters) - Fast-food workers from three dozen U.S. cities on Wednesday will protest at the headquarters of ...

College Student Vanishes At O'Hare Airport

Posted 05.20.2014 | Crime

Law enforcement and other officials are working to locate a missing Illinois college student who disappeared after checking his luggage at O'Hare Inte...

Cause and Effervescence: O-Zell Soda Bubbles Back

Chuck Mirarchi | Posted 07.15.2014 | Taste
Chuck Mirarchi

While still living in Kansas City, Elias Disney, Walt and Roy's father, was growing tired and frustrated with the newspaper delivery business. In the spring of 1917, he decided to invest in a jelly company.

Amatus' Broken Compass

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Although her lyrics sometimes fall short of insight, her sultry delivery makes up for the missing poetry, especially heard in the last two tracks "Punk" and "Cherish."

A Refreshingly Hilarious Buyer and Cellar at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse

Robert Bullen | Posted 07.19.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

On paper, this seems like such a niche subject for a very specific audience of Babs worshipers. Would we be subjected to a second-rate Streisand interpretation all night bookended by rabid fangirling?

Why Turning 25 Matters

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 09.26.2014 | Women
Evelyn Lauer

Twenty-five. Why is this age so significant? Why does it feel like we should accomplish something by this time? Why is it a marker -- like 30 or 40 or 16?

5 Ways Chicago Transit Authority Shows It Hates Chicagoans

Olivia Cole | Posted 07.15.2014 | Chicago
Olivia Cole

If you live here, you have felt it. Perhaps you've thought, "I have been standing on this platform/bus stop for half of my life. Why? Someone must hate me."

Good Food On Every Table

Jim Slama | Posted 07.14.2014 | Home
Jim Slama

It is clear that the Good Food movement has gained a strong foothold, despite the continued dominance of a conventional food system controlled by large-scale agribusiness interests.

Bloody Carny Fights: Then, Now and Future

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We all fight for our bit of colored ribbon, for what we want, however small or grand. How strange is it then that people who work with their hands, fight with their fists.

Why Is Illinois' Unemployment Lagging Behind the Rest of the Nation?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.12.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois lagging behind the rest of the country in terms of unemployment is nothing new... it has been that way since the recession. But why can't the Land of Lincoln catch up? Why does it have to be stuck in the pack at the back?

Betcha Didn't Know These 10 Famous People Were From Illinois!

Reboot Illinois | Posted 07.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

There's actually a decent amount of famous native Illinoisians, most of whom don't live here anymore -- if they are in fact still living. From writers, movie stars and politicians to notorious criminals, here are 10 famous people you may or may not have known are from Illinois.

No Lollapalooza Tickets? No Problem -- These Chicago Festivals Rock Just as Hard

WHERE | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
WHERE

So you didn't get tickets to Lollapalooza. It wasn't even a "you snooze, you lose," situation -- those passes sold out in minutes, not hours. Thankfully, Chicago has so much more to offer in the way of live music festivals.

Anita Wilson Takes Gospel to More Relevant Heights With New Album "Vintage Worship"

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.12.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

On June 24, 2014, music lovers around the world will hear a new sound of gospel that hasn't been experimented like this in years.

Rahm's Reelection Bid Is Not Looking So Hot Right Now, Poll Shows

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

A new poll shows Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) could face trouble in his bid for reelection. Conducted on Wednesday by McKeon & Associates for t...

The Hedge Fund That Ate Chicago

Les Leopold | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Les Leopold

There's a battle royale raging in Chicago. It pits hedge funds, the Chicago financial exchanges, real estate interests and Mayor Rahm Emanuel on the one side, against public employee unions and community groups on the other.

TOMS and Warby Parker Aren't the Only Buzzworthy Brands

Joah Spearman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Style
Joah Spearman

The success stories of both TOMS and Warby Parker have been written and written again, but there are two companies in their shadows that deserve your ...