Signature of Saul Bellow from 1975
Public Domain
June 10, 2015

Saul Bellow’s Editor Remembers The Chicago Novelist On His Centennial

Saul Bellow would have been 100 on Wednesday. The novelist who set much of his work in Chicago, immigrated to Chicago from Montreal in July of 1924 and his family settled in Humboldt Park. He stayed in Chicago for most of the rest of his life, attending Northwestern University and teaching at the University of Chicago. We talk with Beena Kamlani who began editing Saul Bellow’s works at Viking in 1988 about her time working with the author considered one of the United States’ greats.


A view of one of the control consoles at the training center of Exelon’s Clinton nuclear power station in DeWitt County. Exelon officials say their training center includes a mockup of the nuclear plant’s master control center that duplic
(Photo: Jim Meadows)
June 05, 2015

Legislative Nuclear Power Deal Still In The Dark

Exelon still has hopes for the legislation, once lawmakers are done dealing with the state budget. And whether or not it passes could have in impact on the price of electricity in Illinois, and the fate of its three nuclear plants in Clinton, Byron and Quad Cities, which are losing money.


Millennium Falcon spread from Ultimate Star Wars
Courtesy of DK
June 05, 2015

New Star Wars Book Sets The Stage For Episode VII

Star Wars fans are waiting anxiously to see what Disney does with Star Wars when Episode VII: The Force Awakens opens on December 18th. Adam Bray is excited. He’s one of the authors of a forthcoming Star Wars guide: Ultimate Star Wars that sets the stage for Episode VII.


Members of the Illinois assembly meet in the House chambers, at the state Capitol. Pieces of Illinois Democrats' proposed state budget are coming into focus as lawmakers begin advancing them in the Legislature ahead of a scheduled Sunday adjourn
(AP Photo/Sara Burnett)
June 03, 2015

What Does A Budget Shutdown Look Like?

Democrats did pass several spending bills before the end of the regular session, but the state doesn’t have the money to fully back them up. Rauner says he won’t consider new revenue until the General Assembly approves at least some of his business-friendly agenda.


Gov. Bruce Rauner at a press conference on the final day of the legislature's session on Sunday.
(Photo: Brian Mackey)
June 02, 2015

Rauner, On The (Ad?) Attack

Rauner, a Republican, is in a battle of wills and political might with Democratic leadership: House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton.  They're at odds over the budget, business practices, union rights and more, and it's been widely reported that Rauner is planning to once again win over the public using the strategy that helped him get elected, TV commercials.


The To Write Love On Her Arms Webpage
May 28, 2015

To Write Love On Her Arms Founder Says Help Is Necessary

Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love On Her Arms, which helps people with depression, substance abuse, and self-injury. He has released a new book, If You Feel Too Much, and will be speaking in Chicago on June 8th. He talked with us about his non-profit, the movie based off his original short story, and more. 


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