Paul M. Banks

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Paul M. Banks is a RedEye special contributor.

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  • Will our generation show up at the polls more than it did in 2012?

    Will our generation show up at the polls more than it did in 2012?

    There are now more Millennials in America than Baby Boomers. Thus the youngest demographic of the electorate could tremendously influence the electoral result, should they decide to truly turn out. Margaret Wheeler Johnson is the managing editor for Romper.com, a website for Millennial moms owned...

  • Who exactly are the people running your polling place?

    Who exactly are the people running your polling place?

    Election judges are the unsung heroes of Election Day. They will work a 14-hour shift that begins well before dawn. Before serving in this capacity, they must complete a four-hour training course that covers how to manage the polling station, operate the machinery and identify and sort all the...

  • Sox legend Frank Thomas wants Cubs to win the World Series as much as anyone

    Sox legend Frank Thomas wants Cubs to win the World Series as much as anyone

    For White Sox fans feeling conflicted as the 112th World Series gets under way, perhaps the opinion of a team legend can provide perspective. The most iconic Sox player of this generation, "The Big Hurt" enthusiastically hopes for a Cubs World Series title. "I would love to see them win it, I'll...

  • Why can't Illinois have what Wisconsin football fans have?

    Why can't Illinois have what Wisconsin football fans have?

    The proverbial grass seems perpertually greener on the northern side of the Illinois-Wisconsin border on autumn weekends these days. "America's Dairyland" has a consistent winner on fall Saturdays with the Wisconsin Badgers, and on Sundays with the Green Bay Packers. The Badgers have three Big...

  • See the '90s Cubs in a new light thanks to a photographer who broke gender barriers

    See the '90s Cubs in a new light thanks to a photographer who broke gender barriers

    The Cubs' historical struggles, while monumental in their own context, pale in comparison to the battle women have fought against sexism. Photographer Andie Giafaglione has worked to shatter gender barriers since taking a job with the Cubs in the late '90s. Few women worked in the field at the...

  • Rating every Big Ten team's chances of making a bowl game in 2016

    Rating every Big Ten team's chances of making a bowl game in 2016

    The Big Ten, like college football at large, is a world of haves and have-nots. Distinct tiers exist within the conference, and the bowl system complements this stratification. Some might call that system overgrown. Regardless, it's the only one that exists right now, and teams often measure success...

  • #YourMottoHere: What's in a college football team's slogan?

    #YourMottoHere: What's in a college football team's slogan?

    "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose!" is one of the greatest motivational mantras ever. Unfortunately, it belongs to a fictional team on "Friday Night Lights," a TV series that went off the air in 2011. However, the saying conveys how seriously football teams take sloganeering. While some slogans...

  • Chicago's lucky the Olympics ended up in Rio

    Chicago's lucky the Olympics ended up in Rio

    "Blame it on Rio" will be a popular headline/hashtag this month. No, Hollywood isn't rebooting the 1984 Michael Caine-Demi Moore rom-com, as it has done with seemingly every '80s film these days. Rather, it's the reality of Rio de Janeiro, awarded this Summer Olympiad over Chicago and two other...

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