New Notre Dame Coach Discusses Brave New NIL World

It will soon be 2022, and with that the first full year of the NIL (name, image, likeness) era of college football. Just a couple weeks ago, we saw our very first national signing day of this brave new world that NIL has ushered in. New Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman, who will lead his guys for the very first time on New Year's Day in the Fiesta Bowl, discussed how his regime will try and handle the NIL situation in recruiting.

"You've got to show them that you have a plan, but there's certain rules within the NCAA that you can't do," Freeman said at a recent press conference. "We can't say we're providing this name, image, and likeness deal for you and things of that nature."

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Arlington Park Hopes to Keep Running OTB Until Bears Arrive

Arlington Park, the biggest and most prominent horse racing facility in Chicagoland, or the state of Illinois for that matter, shut down close to three months ago, but the massive stadium keeps remaining in the headlines nonetheless.  operating its off-track betting parlors even The facility's owner, Churchill Downs Inc., shuttered the very historic track on Sept. 25, and four days later, the local NFL franchise, the Chicago Bears, announced a pending deal to purchase the land.

A lot has been made about whether or not the Bears will actually leave downtown Soldier Field and move to suburban Arlington Heights, and how that would all play out, but that's still a long ways down the line. It will be well over a decade before the Bears can actually get set up, and up and running at Arlington Park, so what will become of it in the meantime?

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New Volume Covering History of British PMs Inspires Thought and Debate

You might recall this specific classic sequence from This Simpsons, during the animated series' golden age. Barney, the most dedicated denizen of the local pub, declares Lord Palmerston the greatest Prime Minister in England history.

Major League All-Star Wade Boggs disagrees, stating his belief that William Pitt the Elder is the true greatest PM that the British Isles have ever seen. The debate gets heated enough that it actually turns physical. There is, indeed, a Simpsons quote for anything and everything in life. Now you can come close to settling this argument, at least in your own mind (and without any need for fisticuffs) with the help of a new book from the History of Parliament Trust.

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Illini Star Kofi Cockburn Also Very Socially Conscious

When the Illinois Fighting Illini are good, they truly are/become Chicago's college basketball team. We really saw that in 2005 and the immediate years that followed. While the program metaphorically fell off the Chicagoland map for most of the 2010s, it roared back to life last season with a Big Ten Tournament title and a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Unfortunately, the Illini crashed out early, at the hands of another local team- Loyola University Chicago. However, they could be just as good, if not better this season, led by their star center Kofi Cockburn, someone who is truly more than an athlete.

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Northwestern Sports Commences Winning Off the Field Campaign

This week saw Northwestern University launch their Department of Athletics and Recreation (NUDAR) "Together We Win" campaign, with the purpose of raising awareness for the department's commitment to create a diverse and inclusive community.

Their stated aims are to create a program that fosters belonging and celebrates authenticity. Each one of Northwestern's 19 varsity programs, this academic year, will feature one "Together We Win" game, in which their campaign to advance the culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion, will be spotlighted. 

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Rise Up By Taking In the New LGBTQ Rights Exhibit at Illinois Holocaust Museum

While the Newseum is no more, and that is an extremely unfortunate truth for American society as a whole, at least much of what was displayed there remains available for viewing at other museums. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a 64,000 square foot space in suburban Skokie, now hosts close to 100 of the artifacts that were formerly on display at the Newseum.

Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement was developed by the Newseum, an affiliate of the Freedom Forum, an organization whose mission is to further foster First Amendment liberties. The Holocaust Museum added on to their collection of artifacts, and there are now close to 85 of them on display at this special exhibition, which opened Oct. 17.

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STD rates are up to three times the national average in Chicago - why is herpes still a stigma?

Research has shown that an STD diagnosis has a significant impact on one’s quality of life, to the point where it reduces the ability to face daily problems. People who have sexually transmitted diseases are thus at a higher risk of experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and social isolation. Sometimes, these negative psychological effects are stronger than the physical impact of the disease, preventing people from making lasting romantic connections. For STDs that have no known cure, such as herpes, the emotional toll that a diagnosis can take is devastating. Even STDs that are perfectly curable, such as chlamydia, are scarier than fatal diseases.

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Raiders Rebuild After Gruden About Much More than Football

With head coach Jon Gruden resigning in disgrace, the Las Vegas Raiders are at a major crossroads. Rich Bissacia is in charge for the interim, and the way forward begins with him. Gruden had to go, as his leaked emails showcased the ugliest side of both his worldview and his personality.

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Millionaires Really Are Happier, According to New Study

The saying “money can’t buy happiness” has been around for so long that most of us take it to be true, but studies actually contradict it. The most famous study on the correlation between money and happiness was conducted in 2010 at Princeton University and it found that a higher income did equate to higher emotional well-being,... Read more »
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Illinois Using Technology to Crack Down on Uninsured Drivers

Credit the Illinois Secretary of State- they're utilizing technology in a way that benefits society, at a time when a lot of companies are using it against people. The state has employed an electronic verification system that can consistently catch uninsured motorists.

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