The headline on the Cook County budget website reads: "The Cook County 2012 budget: How did we get here?"And "here" includes an estimated $315 million dollar shortfall, which roughly equates to 10% of the county's total annual operating budget."
Politics is not just about the party line: Many politicians hold ideas that are left or right of their official positions on fiscal and social issues. Former Illinois Sen. Charles Percy was one such politicians. Percy, who died Saturday at the age of 91, made his career in Chicago.
The man who inspired dance moves throughout the hour was DJ Frique. Also known as Terry Allen, Frique spent the better part of the '90s spinning house music throughout the city. But in the aughts, he moved a little closer to the mainstream.
Small circuses and indie rock acts will come together under the big top in Chicago over the weekend. Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements, a 3-day festival, was inspired in part by the Vaudeville days of old.
Most book tours involve stops at local book stores but Wednesday night, a venue best known for live music will host poet Kevin Coval to celebrate the release of his third book, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems.
President Obama delivered his jobs bill to Congress Monday. He also gave legislators a nudge to put politics aside to put Americans to work. But how easy is that? A recent study showed some companies cannot find enough skilled workers despite a high number of Americans looking for work.