An excerpt from the new book Punks in Peoria: Making a Scene in the American Heartland takes us back to central Illinois in the 1970s.
You’re innocent until proven guilty—but that doesn’t mean you can vote
Dems and Republicans clashed over a bill giving those unable to post bond while awaiting trial the right to vote.
Downstate hate: A history of the bitter, nearly 200-year rivalry between Chicago and the rest of Illinois
The animosity between Illinois’s largest city and its smaller towns is almost as old as the state itself.
Judge blocks Trump administration threats to defund sanctuary cities, and other Chicago news
Also, Kwame Raoul, Gery Chico, others express interest in replacing Lisa Madigan as attorney general.
Caterpillar moving global headquarters to Chicago from Peoria, and other news
Also, wealth inequality between whites and minorities in Chicago is reportedly higher than the national average.
Rahm Emanuel releases several years’ worth of e-mails, and other Chicago news
Also, outgoing Republican senator Mark Kirk laments the lost of the moderate establishment in the age of Trump.
Chicago authors share their secrets
Chicago authors with spring books coming out share methods for combating writer’s block and other secrets.
Taste of Randolph 2013
Taste of Randolph 2013: Try a bit of the Joy Formidable with your Publican Quality Meats.
The Best New Restaurant in the Midwest?
Peoria, IL: Drawing on the same farms that supply Chicago’s best, a homegrown chef has the culiscenti parachuting into Peoria.
Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before. . .
There’s nothing new or specifically modern about men of the cloth taking liberties with young parishioners
Landesman to Play Peoria
NEA chair Rocco Landesman will visit seven states to push his message that “art works.” First stop, Peoria, where he has some fence-mending to do because of remarks he made last summer comparing Peoria theater negatively to theater in Chicago.
Open mouth, insert foot, chew, and swallow
If Jon Stewart weren’t God, we’d have to invent him.