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Producer Christin Mell Brings Gay TV Series Nikki & Nora Online (AUDIO)

Charlotte Robinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Charlotte Robinson

This week I talked with Christin Mell, film producer and CEO of tello Films, which focuses on stories for the lesbian community. Christin is proud to be one of the executive producers and the distributor of Nikki & Nora, the first unaired network pilot to be reimagined as a digital Web series.

State Rep. Jack Franks: Maybe Clifford Broke the Law?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.19.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

Ex-Metra CEO Alex Clifford might have had a duty to report to authorities the pressure he felt from House Speaker Michael Madigan and others to promote and hire certain workers. Madigan writes laws and doesn't break them.

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 ...

Crime, debt, flight = Detroit? Not to a Chicago cartoonist

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

MOTOR (WINDY) CITY Chicago Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis' view of crime-plagued, financially failing Detroit looks awfully familiar. He says a lot ...

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.

Rep. Franks: Maybe Metra's Clifford broke law?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

IT'S ALL IN THE BERRIOS FAMILY CIRCLE Cook County taxpayers got dinged this week by county Assessor Joe Berrios as they will foot the $500,000 bill fo...

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?

Is Nepotism Dying in Illinois?

Keith Koeneman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

There is an upcoming test case which that help to determine whether nepotism is actually dying in Illinois, or if it is poised to come roaring back. This pass/fail test is for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Metra scandal: Clout, connections, family ties

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA AND THE MADIGANS With a $718,000 buyout that required the recipient never to divulge why he was being bought out, the Metra scandal already cont...

Metra chief memo: I stood up to Madigan, others and got fired for it

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.14.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

METRA MEMO AND MADIGAN Even if you never ride Metra, if you live in Illinois, your tax dollars help pay for it. That's why you should pay attention to...

Sky the limit on campaign funding for 2014 Illinois gov race

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.11.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

SKY'S THE LIMIT? Illinois only recently imposed its first campaign contribution limits. But with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner likel...

Replacing Mell On City Council A Dilemma For Rahm

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.10.2013 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The last time Dick Mell helped a relative climb Illinois' political ladder, son-in-law Rod Blagojevich ascended to governor before being se...

Video: Lawmakers get testy with Quinn on pensions; Mell: political power as family heirloom; Google buzz on 2014 gov candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

LAWMAKERS TO QUINN: WHERE ARE YOU? Both Republicans and Democrats on a 10-member special pension committee teed off on Gov. Pat Quinn Monday. More acc...

Dick Mell Resigns After 38 Years On City Council

Posted 07.03.2013 | Chicago

Chicago Ald. Richard Mell submitted his resignation from the City Council to Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday. The resignation of 74-year-old Mell, ...

GOP Blasts House Concealed Carry Vote Process As 'Political Stunt'

Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago

In a marathon of a debate Tuesday, the Illinois House combed through various restrictions to a bill that would finally allow the concealed carry of we...

Report: Ald. Mell Stepping Down After 38 Years

Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

Updated story One of the mainstays of the Chicago City Council is reportedly preparing to retire -- and is planning to appoint his daughter to fill...

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Gay Marriage On A Fast Track To Passage In Illinois?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Emboldened by Election Day votes to allow gay marriage in three states, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ill...

State Rep. Mell Diagnosed With Cancer

Posted 06.14.2012 | Chicago

Story by Tracy Baim, courtesy of Windy City Times: State Rep. Deborah Mell, one of three openly gay members of the Illinois General Assembly, has b...

Abortion Bills OKed By Agriculture Committee

Posted 02.25.2012 | Chicago

Two contentious pieces of abortion-related legislation being pushed by pro-life lawmakers this week in Illinois sailed through the state's Agriculture...

Could Illinois Be The Next State To OK Gay Marriage?

Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

A group of pro-equality Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Lan...

WATCH: Gay Veteran Discharged Under DADT Re-enlists

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Discharged veteran Lee Reinhart made history Oct. 24 when he became the first known open...

Lesbian Rep. Goes Out Of State To Marry Longtime Partner

Posted 10.31.2011 | Chicago

Illinois State Representative Deb Mell recently married longtime partner Christin Baker in a quiet wedding ceremony performed by a judge in Davenport,...

Will Guzzardi

Nice Cream, Tough State: Regulators Threaten Life Of Small Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Will Guzzardi | Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

In many ways, Nice Cream is the quintessential small-business success story. Laid off from her job with the Chicago Public Schools, Kris Swanberg deci...

Civil Unions in Illinois: A Step Forward

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed civil unions into law on Monday. But while there was an air of celebration in the room, there was also a definite feeling of healthy impatience for full equality too.