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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 »

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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Sports Book to Set Up Shop Near Lambeau Field This Season

A record 45.2 million Americans (or about 18% of the population) plans to wager on the upcoming 2021 National Football League season, according to research released today by the American Gaming Association (AGA).

The NFL season gets going in a matter of hours with the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosting "America's Team," the Dallas Cowboys tonight. Compared to last season, we are expected to see a 36% increase in the number of Americans placing a bet on pro football this season.

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NFL Season, Bears Optimism to Boost Chicagoland Sports Betting

Happy NFL kickoff eve everybody! Yes, the National Football League gets started tomorrow night with the traditional defending Super Bowl champions hosting a home contest on Thursday night. Then it really begins, in earnest on Sunday, where our local team, the Chicago Bears, are in the prime time evening clash at the Los Angeles Rams. 

NFL season, Bears season, football season, whatever you call it brings a boost to certain cottage industries and ancillary economic sectors. Sports bars, restaurants, alcohol and junk food sales are all about to see a surge, and the same holds true for the gaming industry. 

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