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The Real College Financial Crisis

Adam Andrzejewski | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Adam Andrzejewski

If you want to understand the real college crisis in rising college costs, you don't need to look to the Ivy League or even your state's flagship university. Simply take a look at your local community college.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Bruce Rauner (R), an Illinois businessman and gubernatorial candidate, is being called out for running a television ad with some altered news headline...

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican appears to have brought sunlight to the ...

10 Things to Know About Bruce Rauner's Budget Plan for Illinois

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.18.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The third installment of Rauner's "Bring Back Blueprint" outlined the candidate's "Jobs and Growth Agenda" and followed up on previous sections that f...

Should Bruce Rauner Share an Illinois State Budget Proposal?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

This is the hottest, smartest and most entertaining online debate you'll find about the 2014 race for Illinois governor.

Top 10 Campaign Donors to Both Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois gubernatorial elections are less than four months away, and the candidates' campaigns are starting to heat up. But to be able to get their messages out to voters, they'll need money -- and boy do they have a lot of it.

Gov Faces Big Questions About Questionable Program

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, locked into a competitive re-election bid, is fighting to maintain an image as a reformer who's c...

Woman Convicted Of Burying Man Alive Seeks Clemency

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 07.08.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — Tearful relatives appealed for clemency Tuesday for an Illinois woman they say was wrongly convicted nearly three decades ago of taki...

Pretty Much No One Excited To Vote In Key Governor's Race

AP | SARA BURNETT | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The people of Illinois are feeling particularly gloomy about their state, with its high unemployment, billions of dollars in debt, de...

Amma's Seeds Thrive in Illinois

Sally Duros | Posted 06.18.2014 | Chicago
Sally Duros

Today she travels the world city to city offering thousands of hugs, setting an example of selfless giving that inspires others to give to each other and their communities, good deed by good deed.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Exclusive Reboot Illinois Poll: Who's Got the Early in the Governor's Race?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

It's still early in the race but this poll provides a glimpse into which candidate is looking good so far and which candidate has some work to do to catch up.

The 2015 Illinois Budget Is Ridiculous, and Here's 15 Reasons Why

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.02.2014 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

The 2015 Illinois budget absurdity and hypocrisy knows few bounds. Yes, there was no vote to raise taxes, making the 5 percent rate permanent. That w...

Illinois Rejects Fracking Sacrifice Zones in Latest Victory

Will Reynolds | Posted 07.29.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

This victory is the first time Illinois environmentalists worked together on fracking since four Chicago-based organizations chose to support a flawed regulatory bill over the loud objection of people in potentially impacted regions.

Rep. Joe Walsh Says He Can Overlook Bruce Rauner's Views on Abortion

William J. Kelly | Posted 07.23.2014 | Chicago
William J. Kelly

Conservative leaders criticized Rauner last week after he skipped an Illinois Right to Life (ILRTL) dinner to attend a pro-choice gala for the ACLU. Rauner reiterated his pro-choice position on abortion Monday at a North Shore women's group.

Illinois' Pension Reform Law Is Scheduled to Take Effect June 1... But Will It?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Under the law, annual increases in benefits are reduced, the retirement age is raised and the salary on which a pension can be earned is capped.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Attends Pro-Choice Event, Anti-Abortion Groups Freak Out

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics

A Republican businessman challenging Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) attended an abortion-rights gala Saturday. Unsurprisingly, anti-abortion groups in th...

Illinois Infrastructure: Getting Our Water Systems Up to Snuff Amidst the Climate Crush

Henry Henderson | Posted 07.09.2014 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Across the nation, states have about $110 billion in capital available through similar water infrastructure funds, which are supported by annual federal and state appropriations. As climate impacts worsen, they are going to need to tap that cash.

Ever Want to Know How the State Spends Your Tax Dollar? Now You Can.

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You pay taxes to the state every year. It's our duty as citizens to open the checkbook and give to Illinois, along with local governments and the federal government. But at the state level, what exactly are your tax dollars going for?

Pat Quinn's Anti-Violence Program Faces Federal Probe

AP | Associated Press | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking for information related to a troubled anti-violence program started by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. ...

How Much Fracking Will Remain Unregulated in Illinois?

Will Reynolds | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Will Reynolds

Opposition to fracking in southern Illinois continues as people learn more about the inadequacy of a law that was written behind closed doors and rushed through the legislature with very little public scrutiny.

Polls: Rauner With a Slight Edge Over Quinn, While Madigan's Unfavorable Ratings Are High

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A couple of polls popped up over the weekend focusing on some of the key players in Illinois politics.

Springfield's Gift to Chicago: Step One of Pension Reform, or an Election Year Headache?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.09.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pension bill finally got passed through the General Assembly after some property tax language was stripped from the bill.

Time to Protect the Prairie State from Coal Mining

Jack Darin | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Jack Darin

Across the Illinois countryside, rural citizens are fighting for their livelihoods, drinking water, farms, and future, and they are asking if the State of illinois has their backs -- or not.

Chicago Pension-Cutting Plan Would Harm City Retirees, Neighborhoods

Henry Bayer | Posted 06.08.2014 | Chicago
Henry Bayer

roponents of the drastic Chicago pension cuts sought by the city have threatened a range of doomsday scenarios if their proposal is not enacted. Rather than the thoughtful, informed discussion this matter deserves, this is the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a crowded theater.