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Report: Illinois is the Worst State in the Midwest to Raise Kids

Reboot Illinois | Posted 09.12.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Whether you live in an urban/suburban or rural area has a significant effect, as does household pre-tax annual income.

Economy or Environment? We Need Both.

Joe S. Whitworth | Posted 09.11.2014 | Green
Joe S. Whitworth

I remember as a kid walking the fields with my grandfather. He said, "No man has the right to take more from the land than the land itself can withstand." That balanced approach made sense to me when I was six, and it still makes sense to me today.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 5: Congressman John M. Shimkus

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's not just dirty money that earns Congressman Shimkus today's Dirty Denier award, it's his opposition to reducing dangerous carbon pollution.

This Is Why It's So Great To Be A Midwesterner, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

Huzzah for America's Middle West! Its heartland. Its breadbasket.

Startup Voodoo Hopes to Highlight Thriving Midwest Startup Scene

Dr. Abraham Froman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Technology
Dr. Abraham Froman

Sure, Silicon Valley has a new hit HBO show named after it due to a well-deserved penchant for deep-pocketed VC firms and companies launching culture-altering technologies. But to quote the "X-Files'" Fox Mulder, "Are we alone in the universe? Impossible.

A Strange Journey Into A Near-Deserted Secondhand Store

Annabel Osberg | Posted 07.12.2014 | Weird News
Annabel Osberg

On the fringes of the boarded-up hinterlands of a former industrial section of a small Missouri town stands a building, decrepit yet painted a shade of purple so striking that it seems phantasmal against its drab backdrop of deadened grays and tans.

Carny Philosopher King With Buffalo Bill Beard

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

We're in a carnival bar, everyone in this bar is a carnival person. He was raised in carnivals and lives in carnivals. Yet he's not jaded.

Game-changing Quiet Revolution in Midwest Energy Efficiency

Howard Learner | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Howard Learner

Electricity use and demand is truly disconnected from GNP growth. Our economy is growing, but more efficiently. This is a very big deal.

Left Out in the Cold

Sid Mohn | Posted 04.22.2014 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Last year 6,276 people were found to be homeless in Chicago, a number that is tallied by way of a one-night count.

Illinois Lags in Population Growth Among Midwest States

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When your economy thrives, your population grows. When it tanks, you end up like Illinois in the new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.

11 Ways to Survive Chicago's Polar Vortex

The Second City Network | Posted 03.08.2014 | Chicago
The Second City Network

Holed up at home with your significant other/kids/dog/non-condoned space heater? Don't waste a perfectly good sub-zero day. Here are 11 ways you can have fun today (without losing any of the good parts of your face).

Midwest Under High Storm Threat

AP | By DON BABWIN and DAVID MERCER | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the Midwest on Sunday, leaving at least six people dead and unlea...

Illinois Fails to Make the ACT Honor Roll

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.18.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This isn't good news for the state or the country. We have to do better preparing our students for college and the workforce.

Nebraska Tornado May Have Been EF4

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2013 | Green

By Kevin Murphy KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - A tornado that ripped through Nebraska, injuring 15 people and flattening buildings, may ...

22 Reasons The Midwest Is The Best

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.12.2013 | Travel

1. Open roads 2. Steak 'n Shake 3. The Great Lakes 4. Paul Bunyan's birthplace 5. The Mall of America 6. The actual Field of ...

What Makes a Character 'Midwestern?'

Nina Badzin | Posted 10.05.2013 | Books
Nina Badzin

"Southern" conjures up certain images and characteristics in my mind. Same goes for the West Coast, Upper Northwest, Southwest, New York, and New England. But what about the Midwest? What does it mean to be Midwestern?

Alpita Shah: Sometimes, ‘Right Where You Started From' Is Right Where You Belong

Alpita Shah | Posted 08.02.2013 | Women
Alpita Shah

A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with cancer for the second time. At that point, I had been in government and international service for over a decade; I had begun questioning whether exporting Western capitalism to developing countries was how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

Highlights From Tedx Midwest

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.13.2013 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

Tedx Midwest, brought to Chicago by Mike Hettwer and an organizing committee consisting entirely of dedicated volunteers, took place in Chicago on May 2nd and 3rd.

12 Fire Departments Respond To Massive Greenhouse Blaze

AP | Posted 04.22.2013 | Crime

OBERLIN, Ohio — Freezing temperatures hampered firefighters as a wind-whipped blaze ripped through one of the Midwest's biggest greenhouse opera...

To Move Or Not To Move?

Amelia | Posted 04.21.2013 | Gay Voices

As our children grow, we look around and wonder, "Is this the right place for us to be? Is this where we want our children to grow up? What is the environment we've chosen teaching them?" These questions were heightened after our oldest son started identifying as gay at a young age.

Moving to a Fly-Over State? FAQs About the Midwest

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 02.09.2013 | Fifty
Carolyn Bucior

OK, I'll just blurt it out: I am moving to the Midwest. Please calm down, especially you, Mom and Dad. I know you never saw this coming and I suspect you have questions and concerns. I've anticipated some of them below.

Vibrancy in an Unknown Place

Susan R. Hatten | Posted 01.19.2013 | Travel
Susan R. Hatten

Of those surveyed initially who did find an attraction to our Greater Des Moines community, the words vibe and artful energy, kept appearing.

Some B&Bs Catering To Biz Travelers

iLoveInns | Posted 01.09.2013 | Travel

Looking for more than an Internet connection in a hotel room? Being away from friends and family on business can be more comfortable in the Midwest in an inn that feels like home but offers all the amenities you need to do your work while on the road.

Monica Nassif Loves Minneapolis

Love Letters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Travel
Love Letters

Not only was the lake gorgeous, but there were people everywhere -- walking, running, skating, cross-country skiing, playing hockey, chasing dogs -- ignoring the cold. I was smitten. I had found my people.

No Jobs In Your City? 3 Steps To Build Entrepreneurial Ecosystems In B And C Cities

Young Entrepreneur Council | Posted 09.30.2012 | Business
Young Entrepreneur Council

Roughly four years ago, while working for a technology company based in New York, I experienced firsthand the entrepreneurial ecosystems of San Franci...