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Don’t let city’s top planner fool you, Englewood residents have long had a plan

Responding to Chicago’s planning chief, the former CEO of Whole Foods Market says the chain’s Englewood grocery is part of a larger grassroots strategy to help the South Side community.

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Why bosses should let employees surf the web at work

Cyberloafing may not be a waste of time after all. Research shows it can help workers cope with an exceptionally stressful work environment.

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Deflecting questions about Madigan, Pritzker talks about goals for the legislative session

The governor will let investigative process work as he focuses on recreational marijuana, downstate broadband and other issues.

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Why teen depression rates are rising faster for girls than boys

Rates of depression started to tick up just as smartphones became popular, so digital media could be playing a role.

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How Neil Peart and Rush changed my hard-rock loving life

Neil’s song "Subdivisions" still resonates with every dreamer or misfit: "In the high school halls, in the shopping malls, be cool or be cast out."

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Help law-abiding immigrants become citizens — don’t arrest them

The fact that children right here in Chicago are afraid of coming home from school and finding their parents missing is an indictment of where we are as a country today.

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Harvey Weinstein jurors must differentiate between consent and compliance — which isn’t easy

We tend to imagine that people — including ourselves — would behave in more forceful ways in response to inappropriate behavior than people actually do when confronted with such behavior.

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In an age of shifting attitudes about gender identity, ‘they’ was the word of the decade

The American Dialect Society chose "they" as their Word of the Decade to honor the way it has become a singular pronoun for many people who identify as nonbinary.

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Growing up on food stamps, I had no idea I was despised

I appreciate that society fed me and my mother when she couldn’t work. But does needing help make you less than the giver?

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Three straight years of falling crime rates — and yet Chicago has a long way to go

Our work will not end until Chicago is the safest big city in the country.

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Four big moments in politics coming to Chicago and Illinois in 2020

The outcome of the Illinois March primary may be a deciding vote in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

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Why some people distrust atheists

Even atheists trust their fellow atheists less than religious people.

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Why the U.S. military usually punishes misconduct but police often close ranks

Both soldiers and police officers put their lives on the line for their team every day. So what explains their divergent attitudes toward bad behavior?

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Why bad customer service won’t improve anytime soon

In 2013, Americans spent an average of 13 hours disputing a purchase or resolving a problem with customer service.

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How St. Francis created the Nativity scene, with a miraculous event in 1223

The earliest biblical descriptions do not mention the presence of any animals. Animals first started to appear in religious texts around the 7th century.

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It is time — finally — to unwind the war on drugs in Illinois

Entire neighborhoods in our city — and communities all across the State — have been devastated by having so many of their community members swallowed up by the justice system.

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What happens when black Americans leave their segregated hometowns

It often means moving up the residential ladder.

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‘Richard Jewell’ is only the latest film to depict a female journalist trading sex for scoops

Female reporters have long faced discrimination in newsrooms. These sorts of depictions in popular culture do little to help their cause.

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We can protect the savings of older Americans through commonsense reforms

Older people lose as much as $36 billion every year through scams and financial exploitation.

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Why are kids today less patriotic?

The very students who refuse to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance exhibit their patriotism by demanding a better tomorrow.

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Limited eating times could be a new way to fight obesity and diabetes

It may be just a matter of restricting your eating time to a daily 10-hour window.

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Why your generic drugs may not be safe

How safe should we feel when 80% of the active ingredients in our drugs are made overseas? The FDA can’t trust the documents that foreign manufacturers produce to ensure that their products meet quality standards.

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Living up to ideals takes constant work

Building an honorable ethic in the nation’s military has been the work of decades, even centuries. Undermining it can be the work of months.

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Dear Donald, May I offer you a modest slice of advice about how to go out a winner?

Imagine the victory laps — streets lined with celebrants in red states, grateful prosecutors dropping charges in blue.

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Give thanks for the humanitarian habits of religious people

Studies show that religious Americans give away two to four times as much of their income every year as those with no religious affiliation.

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The more women run for president, the more they are treated like candidates — not tokens

Sexism has left the building, but the critical mass of women candidates for president in 2020 may have changed the dynamic.

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Redemption can heal

Cop who owns security firm says he is looking "for some kind of forgiveness."

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Madigan needs to address deals for ex-aides

We’re waiting to see if any official steps were taken to further any alleged conspiracies.

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Reflecting on memories of Thanksgivings past

A mix of hard-to-unearth emotions buried deep inside as Thanksgiving nips at my ears like a bitter wind.

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How to put city budget on solid footing

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s budget is precariously balanced. The slightest change or miscalculation will impact the stability of the entire budget.

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Tariffs work well for this steel buyer

Our products are used in everything from commercial construction and apartment buildings to energy infrastructure and data centers.

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Patriotism and nobility of impeachment witnesses is inspiring

My growing sense of anguish about the ethical state of our country was replaced by a sense of pride for these public servants selflessly and fearlessly demonstrating the best of American values.