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Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Frederick's Table

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Paula Gordon

I find myself anchoring my grief over the loss of this remarkable man in simple objects ... little things, like our kitchen table. That may seem odd, given that Dr. Ferré was the world's leading Constructive Post-Modern philosopher, but therein lays the eternal magic of his inspiring legacy.

Heroes of the Planet

Doug Demeo | Posted 01.21.2013 | Green
Doug Demeo

A new sense of appreciation in humbled relationship with nature can spread like wildfire, and help us build an ecological foundation for life and prosperity, hundreds, even thousands of years into the future.

Our Work Begins on November 7th

Ivanley Noisette | Posted 01.04.2013 | Politics
Ivanley Noisette

Although it does mark the end of long and grueling campaigns, the day after Election Day should not be perceived as the end, but rather, the beginning.

Tips for Chicago's TIF Panel

David Orr | Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

Members of Mayor Emanuel's newly appointed TIF panel will soon roll up their sleeves to start rebuilding city policy on TIFs. This is a welcome development.

Book Review Roundup: David Foster Wallace's Posthumous Novel And A Guide To Modern Poetry

Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

"The Pale King" by David Foster Wallace Slate Incomplete or not, The Pale King is whole enough, a fully imagined, often exquisitely fleshed-out ...

Renewed Call for a TIF Moratorium

David Orr | Posted 06.08.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

For too long, TIFs were used as corporate subsidies. We have far too much at stake in our city to allow TIF money to be poorly used or misused.

YERT Blockbuster: Your Environmental Road Trip Film Wins EFFY 2011 Audience Award: Interview With Filmmakers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 06.08.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

YERT is a hilarious, powerful and often poignant chronicle of a year-long journey in search of innovators, scientists, activists, farmers, and artists working to move their communities toward a more sustainable future.

Mayor Daley Will Not Seek Another Term, Chicago's Political Landscape 'Changes Enormously'

AP | TAMMY WEBBER and DON BABWIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Mayor Richard M. Daley, who wielded more control over Chicago than anyone but his father decades before, said Tuesday he will not seek...

Zadie Smith, Chuck Klosterman

newhavenreview.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

OK, so you may remember that a few months back a little magazine called The New Yorker decided to make a list of 20 top fiction writers under the age ...

How the World Votes

David Orr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Orr

As Americans, we are proud of the strides we have made over time to extend the voting franchise to all citizens, however halting these steps may have been.

Stroger Vetoes Measure To Limit His Hiring, Salary Powers

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Cook County Board President Todd Stroger wielded his veto stamp Monday on a measure to freeze hiring and salaries until he leaves office N...

Shining Light On County Lobbyists

Huffington Post | Tim Taliaferro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative passed the finance committee unanimously on Thursday. It goes to a full vote at the Board's Oct. 6 meeting. ...

Sunlight Proposed For County Lobbyists And Politicians

Chicago Tribune | Hal Dardick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County lobbyists would have to disclose new clients within two days of landing them under new ethics rules proposed Monday by county Clerk David ...

Orr Warns Of Political Machines, Quid Pro Quo As Election Season Begins

Chicago Public Radio | Ammad Omar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Clerk David Orr says residents shouldn't be fooled into collecting signatures for candidates promising them a job down the line....

Daniel Fore: Homeless Man Appeals His Removal From Oak Park Ballot

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A suburban Chicago man barred from running for elective office because he's homeless has filed an appeal of the decision to keep him off the ballot. ...

Washington Post, Tribune, Local Democrats Call For Burris Resignation

The Huffington Post | Ben Goldberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE LATEST UPDATES Barely a month after being sworn in as a U.S. Senator, Roland Burris is being called on to resign by the Chicago T...

Special Election For Emanuel's Seat Hits Snag

Chicago Sun-Times | Natasha Korecki | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A planned special election to fill the congressional seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama's new chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has hit a sn...

Dreaming the Future Can Create the Future

Kenny Ausubel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kenny Ausubel

We stand at the threshold of a singular opportunity in the human experiment: To re-imagine how to live on Earth in ways that honor the web of life, each other and future generations.

Chicago May Consolidate Election Offices

Chicago Public Radio | Mike Rhee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The city of Chicago could save money by transferring its election board's responsibilties to Cook County. Mayor Richard Daley says he's open to the id...

Huge Early Voting Crowds Draw Fire Marshals

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Election officials counting ballots throughout Illinois say the state has set a new record of more than 821,000 early votes cast. Authorities say th...

Final Day To Vote Early

CBS 2 | Joanie Lum and Mike Flannery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois voters who don't make it to the polls for early voting on Thursday will have to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots. As CBS 2's J...

Early Voting Closes After Record Turnout

CBS 2 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On the last day of early voting, officials are reporting that more than 400,000 people in the city and suburban Cook County have already turned out to...

Early Voting Turnout Shatters Records

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

More than 544,000 people have voted early in the Chicago area, the Tribune reports: By the time early voting is over Thursday, 697,000 people are e...

TIF Districts Costing City Over $550M: Study

Chicago Reader | Ben Joravsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Clerk David Orr's annual TIF report is due out tomorrow, and the news is all bleak. On the one hand, the city's tax increment financing d...