National Politics


Minimum Wage Protests Planned for April 15

Posted April 14, 2015 by Bill Raden

As President Obama’s efforts to nudge the U.S. minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour continue to be rebuffed by a Republican Congress, a national coalition of low-wage fast-food and retail workers will be taking their demands for a
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Hillary Rodham Clinton Signs Copies Of Her Book 'Hard Choices' In New York

Fired Up Over Hillary?

Posted April 13, 2015 by

Now that Hillary Clinton has formally entered the 2016 presidential race, expect even more unfair media criticism of her candidacy. The misleading private email “scandal”  was only the beginning. The media sees such negative stories as filling the void left
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is known among city activist for his insulting attitude towards the the city's marginalized and dispossessed and his drive to further transform Chicago into a city for the rich.  (Photo:  Daniel X. O'Neil/flickr/cc)

How Election 2015 changed Chicago politics

Posted April 10, 2015 by Ronnie Reese

For the first time in 20 years, Chicagoans had the opportunity to engage in an extended political debate regarding the city’s future, which created a massive coalition of labor, community organizations, social justice activists, clergy and people of all ethnic
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Media Goes Overboard on UVA Rape

Posted April 7, 2015 by

Rolling Stone got the story wrong. Way wrong. In fact, the reporter violated so many basic journalism rules that many wonder why she has not been fired. She should be. Her false reporting defamed the University of Virginia and specifically
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Rediscovering Cesar Chavez

Posted March 31, 2015 by Randy Shaw

Today is Cesar Chavez Day. When California in 2000 became the first of eight states to declare March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day, the goal was to connect the honor with a curriculum that would educate students about Chavez. Yet
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Researchers estimate that even Paris’s much-used Velib bike-share could attract 29 percent more riders by optimizing the location and size of stations. Photo: Wikipedia

Two Factors That Can Make or Break a Bike-Share Network

Posted March 30, 2015 by Angie Schmitt

What if you could dramatically increase the usefulness of a bike-share system without adding any bicycles or docks? Researchers at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business have come up with a model that they say could help even
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