Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot landed in a maelstrom of controversy last month when she said she only would allow “journalists of color” to interview her for pieces about her first two years in office.

Imagine a state government with the worst credit rating in the nation borrowing money to pay off the personal debts of individuals with six-digit incomes who are buying homes that cost as much as $500,000.

Every year, some Illinois legislator proposes a bill to remove public notices from being published in newspapers and to allow units of government to post their public notices on their websites.

“This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

You can call it haggling, dickering, bargaining or whatever you want, but negotiating gives me purpose.

The nun’s ruler snapped across Anne Burke’s knuckles as she struggled to form words onto a page.

We live in a society where it is unacceptable to ridicule a candidate’s race or religion, but increasingly, a politician’s physical size is fair game. As politics have become increasingly mean-spirited, fat “jokes” have become more commonplace. Politicians such as former New Jersey Gov. Chri…

The political obituaries for Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan may well be premature.

Tis the season to be jolly, but for many small business owners, it’s anything but.

A candidate concession speech is an important rite in a democracy that is done, not for the benefit of the winner or the loser, but as a means of honoring the voters and our system of government.

As we live through this pandemic and other social problems, I am reminded of advice from my dad who lived through the Great Depression.

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Thank you to the donors, supporters and volunteers who have restored Beverly’s iconic Castle!

Recently, I picked up my 15-year-old daughter from school and told her I had an interview with a Supreme Court justice that afternoon.

A friend who is an old newspaperman contacted me the other day and wanted to know what I thought of the local newspaper no longer endorsing political candidates.

Two books have helped me grapple with the federal government’s response to the pandemic with which we continue to live.

It is effortless to name the critical concerns of our time.

There’s no way of sugar-coating this: 2020 has been nothing less than catastrophic.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker hired a lot of expert talent to guide his $5-million “It Only Works if You Wear It” campaign to encourage Illinoisans to wear a facemask.

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One of the most indelible memories in an adult’s life is the first week away from home.

If it can happen to Art Turner, it can happen to just about anyone.

In my years covering Illinois politics, I’ve known two men called “Public Official A.”

On July 30, three Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers were shot and wounded when a carjacking suspect opened fire in the 25th District police station’s loading bay. On July 28, for the second time in 2020, a member of the CPD died by suicide. During a recent weekend, 59 people were shot…

Six years ago, the city of Chicago passed a law restricting pet stores to only source dogs from shelters and rescues. At the time, supporters claimed this was a guaranteed way to shut down bad breeders and save shelter dogs.

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Thinking back recently about Father’s Day, I found myself contemplating the veterinarians in my life.

As I’ve been watching racial tensions escalate, my mind has wandered into the realm of poetry.

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Democracies have little tolerance for sore losers.

For the first time in my life, I recently put a “political” sign in my front yard.

While the world stays apart, everything about the Christmas Without Cancer message says “Come Together.”

With BAPA’s unique history around racial integration and diversity, and as a community of first responders and helpers, we feel it’s important for you to hear from us about recent events.

An open letter from 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and Alexa James, LCSW, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Chicago.

As a proud Morgan Park homeowner, I am passionate about investing in my local community.

The global headlines regarding victims of domestic violence and the particular dangers they face while “sheltering in place” during the COVID-19 pandemic have been hard to read.

As we endure the coronavirus lockdown, it’s important to remember those who are most vulnerable to becoming infected: the elderly, cancer patients, those with HIV and those who have undergone an organ transplant.

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