The idea behind a referendum is to give voters a direct voice in making their community better. These ballot questions can cover anything from stem-cell research to the fate of an empty lot. They may be binding or just advisory. Last month, referenda were on ballots in nine Chicago precincts.
In the critically acclaimed documentary Waiting for Superman, teachers unions are given a large slice of the blame for the systemic problems in America's public schools.It’s a narrative echoed in current public dialogue, and you don’t have to look very hard to find it.
Political activity has been sweeping the Middle East and North Africa. For decades the region has been mostly under autocratic rule. Now long-standing dynasties, from Qaddafi in Libya to Khalifa in Bahrain may fall.
President Obama’s second State of the Union address stuck to tradition by highlighting the progress of the nation but many considered the tone of the gathering to be different – that a bipartisan, even conciliatory air prevailed.
Roger Ebert named "Scrappers" one of the best documentaries of 2010. The film follows two men who make their living dumpster diving for scrap metal. A few years back, at the height of the scrap metal economy, copper iron or aluminum commanded hundreds of dollars per ton: Not any more.
Now that the dust has settled and it’s clear the online discount company Groupon has reportedly walked away from six billion bucks from Google, we wanted to find out what else is going on in Chicago’s tech scene. Turns out, the hog butcher for the world may in fact be moving toward a cyber fut