Who’s Who of Illinois CEOs Call for $8 Billion Revenue Hike


A just-released report from Chicago’s premier group of business executives says Illinois needs $8 billion in new and increased taxes to get back on track. 

Amid Turmoil Over Russia Probe, Trump Prepares For First Trip Abroad


The two-state solution, relations with the Saudis, and U.S. involvement in NATO are all on the table as the president embarks on his first trip abroad.

Sweaters and Other Strange Ephemera of Chicago’s 1970s Street Gangs


In the early days of their existence, Chicago’s street gangs developed some unique conventions that, ironically, helped law enforcement track them down. We took a look at the history of Chicago’s gang sweaters.

Former Ed Secretary: ‘No Silver Bullet’ in Elected School Board Debate

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Despite ongoing calls for an elected school board, John King, the former U.S. chief of public education, said Thursday there’s “no silver bullet” management style to boost school success.

Have Some Cash? Illinois.com Domain Name For Sale

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Bids are expected to exceed tens of millions of dollars for the singular domain, which Chicago entrepreneur Josh Metnick put up for sale earlier this week.

Expansion Plans at Speer Academy Charter School Stall Out

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A Chicago charter school looking to expand its building size and enrollment will have to hold off on those plans after an alderwoman refused to support the project.

Revisiting the ‘Miracle’ that Sparked the Farm-to-Table Movement


Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” helped launch a new, healthier food movement a decade ago. We speak with the author about the recent “One Book, One Chicago” selection.

Hacking the Traditional Museum Experience, One Tour at a Time

A Museum Hack tour in progress at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy of Museum Hack)

Museum Hack’s offbeat tours of the Art Institute of Chicago aim to engage the next generation of museum-goers. “Your job is fun first, education along the way,” says one tour guide.

Mother Sues Website Following Daughter’s Murder

Yvonne Robinson-Ambrose speaks to the press about her daughter Desiree Robinson. “She excelled at everything. Track and field, basketball. You name it.”

A Chicago woman says the classified ads website Backpage.com should be held responsible for her teenage daughter’s murder late last year.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 18-21

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Frank Lloyd Wright homes, outdoor festivals, comfort food and a giant garage sale usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Obstruction of Justice? Former Federal Prosecutors Weigh In On Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17, 2017.

A memo written in February by former FBI Director James Comey raises new questions about the presidency of Donald Trump. Two former assistant U.S. attorneys join us in discussion.

Ask Geoffrey: How Do You Make the Popular Downscope Cocktail?


For decades, a cocktail called the Downscope was served up at Skipper’s Marina on the Calumet River. Its recipe was a closely guarded secret, until now. Geoffrey Baer tells us what's up with the Downscope in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Obama Biography Paints Complicated Picture of a ‘Rising Star’

Former President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

In his new book, historian and author David Garrow traces how Barack Obama’s life led him to the presidency – and paints a complicated, sometimes critical portrait of a polarizing and iconic figure.

New ‘GoCPS’ High School Application Site Goes Live

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The districts’ common high school application website officially went live this week, less than a month after the Board of Education approved the new model.

Chicago Police Department Toughens Use of Force Standards


Chicago police officers will only be allowed to use deadly force as a last resort, according to new guidelines unveiled Wednesday by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Chicago’s Low-Line Project to Offer a New Urban Retreat


Unlike the popular 606 trail on the city’s Northwest Side, a new pedestrian path in Lakeview is keeping a low profile.