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Tensions and torches after the Great Fire
Oct. 7, 2014
The collective myth is that the blaze of 1871 brought together Chicago’s rich and poor. It did, but it also drew dividing lines following what one resident called an ‘awful democracy of the hour.’
Chicago seeks to boost cabbies' incomes
Sep. 30, 2014
The City of Chicago is set to move on a series of reforms that would leave more money in taxi drivers’ pockets. But some cabbies say the measures avoid the central issue: a need for a fare increase.
Two neighboring states, one big financial gap
Aug. 27, 2014
Illinois struggles with debt and unpaid bills, while Indiana is sitting pretty with a surplus topping $2 billion. What’s behind the fiscal gap between these two neighbors?
Global Activism: 'The Mustard Seed' Fair Trade shop is transforming lives
Aug. 21, 2014
Judy Kohl grew up in a missionary family in Belgian Congo. When the Belgians were overthrown, her family was forced to flee to Kenya, where she spent much of her childhood. Those times developed Judy’s sense of social justice and giving back.
Ruling backs Illinois retirees on health benefits
Jul. 3, 2014
Illinois Supreme Court reverses a lower court decision allowing the state to force retirees to pay for a portion of their own health care.
Down but not out
Jun. 24, 2014
Left out of the economic recovery and unable to find employment, many workers earn cash off-the-books
Chicago could be a major tech hub for international startups
May. 23, 2014
Why international start-ups could choose Chicago over Silicon Valley.
Haymarket: Anarchism, the bomb and its aftermath
Apr. 29, 2014
The 1886 bombing transformed labor politics worldwide, but it also left hometown Chicago with plenty of scapegoating and soul searching.
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