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  • Illinois Improbable: A Story of Upending Expectations

    June 22, 2015 | 3:26 pm

    When I was a high-school student in Bethesda, Maryland, and beginning to think about college, my parents sat me down and set a parameter: they would only allow a school within 1000 miles of our home, with the idea that I would be more likely to visit over holidays if within that...
  • Illinois MERS patient ‘not infectious’; Florida patient released

    May 19, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    An Illinois man who had tested positive for antibodies to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus in his blood is no longer infectious, state health officials said on Monday.

    The case in Illinois was the first direct transmission of the MERS virus on U.S. soil. The two prior...

  • Illinois lawmakers begin considering approval of same-sex marriage

    January 3, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Illinois lawmakers began considering a measure on Wednesday that would make President Barack Obama's home state the 10th in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

    Supporters and opponents furiously lobbied lawmakers as a leading sponsor of the proposal pressed for a quick vote in...

  • Illinois congressional candidate denies Holocaust

    March 1, 2012 | 11:12 am

    A candidate from Illinois for the U.S. House of Representatives called the Holocaust “nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews.”

    Arthur Jones, a former member of the Nationalist Socialist Party, made the comments in an interview Wednesday with a local...

  • In Illinois, faceoff between Jewish candidates seen as bellwether for Dems

    November 21, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    A suburban Chicago congressional primary featuring two Jewish candidates is being cast by political observers as a test of the Democratic Party’s direction.

    The race’s two highest profile candidates are Brad Schneider, who enjoys establishment support and has strong ties to the...

  • Emanuel sworn in to lead Chicago

    May 16, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    Rahm Emanuel was sworn in as the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

    Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, took the oath of office on Monday. He was elected mayor of the country’s third-largest city in February after sitting mayor Richard Daley declined to seek a seventh term...

  • Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s pick for Chief of Staff, is tough, direct and wedded to his Jewish roots

    November 6, 2008 | 4:45 pm

    President-elect Barack Obama’s pick of Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) will put a tough, proven political operator at the center of a new Administration.

    It also raises the profile of a Chicago Jewish family firmly rooted in the worlds of Hollywood, medicine, politics…and Judaism.
  • VIDEO: Jewish Americans for Obama

    September 30, 2008 | 5:04 am

    Jewish friends, colleagues and supporters from Chicago say Barack Obama’s Yiddishe neshumah—Jewish soul—makes him the right candidate.  Official campaign video.

  • Rage Becomes Power in Writer’s Hands

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "I still write a lot from anger," playwright Mark Medoff said. "I've wanted to flagellate the world."

    Medoff, 61, is the author of the smoldering plays "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" "Children of a Lesser God" and "Road to a Revolution," now at Deaf West Theatre. His intense work...