“Downstate” Illinois Means What You Want It To Mean

Growing up in the Chicago area has absolutely shaped my perspective on the state of Illinois as a whole. Whether or not we were in…

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Mass Transit Usage Needs an Incentivized Boost

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Chicago-area expressways recently, commuting back and forth to the city as I run between a new freelance…

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One Picture Sums Up the State of the Newspaper Industry

I took the above picture a few weeks ago while on the Metra train from Aurora into Chicago. It's the shelf those sitting on the…

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The Magic of Cubs Twitter

My latest on Voce Nation: Full squad workouts began last week in Mesa, AZ, as Chicago’s National League Ball Club – the Cubs, in case…

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Collected thoughts on the future of Chicago media

Last night I opened my computer, fully intending to get some writing done while occasionally checking on Twitter to get updates on the Cubs game.…

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Opening Day 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xBxZGQ1dJk The Cubs take the field in Pittsburgh today for the first game of 2014. While the 2013 season largely eluded me I'm excited about…

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Meet Clark…you’ll find him on Addison

So yeah... The Cubs have an official mascot. His name is Clark, and he'll make his debut Monday during a visit to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical…

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Maddux goes to the Hall

Congratulations to one of the, by all accounts, nicest guys in professional sports. Always a class act on the field, obviously a mentor to younger…

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Brookfield Zoo seal pup

Because I'm just a big old softy who's a sucker for pictures of cute baby animals born at local zoos and such. Photos: A Grey…

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30 calories of soda

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