In the Chicago area, business leaders see the growth of a service economy driven by an expansion of tech firms and independent practitioners looking to capitalize on the demands of a 21st-century marketplace.

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I’m not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly didn’t expect it to be so fractured and bogged down in hate.

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Willie Moore was a Black man who endured segregation and saw the school where he taught integrated after a long fight for racial equality.

As Americans fled Kabul and desperate Afghans sought to follow, Jerry and Brett Young stood in the yard of their rural Rochester, Ill., home recently and remembered their boy who never got to see his 26th birthday.

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On a cold December night, Cook County Sheriff’s Office police responded to a frantic 911 call from a family whose son was behaving erratically and threatening to kill himself.

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Over the past few days, I have had an opportunity to chat with several fellow veterans, service members, military family members and Gold Star families.

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Under a well-intentioned, but really dumb, bill that passed both state houses on May 31 and was sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker on June 29, pet shops can sell dogs and cats only if they are obtained from a pound or rescue group.

As demonstrators in Havana, Cuba, marched through the streets earlier this month waving U.S. flags, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan sat in his Kankakee home, watched the reports on television and remembered another controversy regarding the Stars and Stripes and Cuba.

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.

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