It rose to 80 degrees in Chicago on Saturday, the warmest day of the year so far, and a spasm of gunfire quickly followed. Over 36 hours, at least 36 people were shot. 

IOP Fellow Roger Simon takes on gang violence in his column this week. Check out his next seminar Wednesday at 430 at the IOP house. RSVP

Right Now: “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools” with Elizabeth Dozier, Principal of Fenger Academy High School, Lila Leff, founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Michelle Morrison, Chief Executive Officer for Youth Guidance, Karen VanAusdal, Director of the CPS Office of Social and Emotional Learning, and Christopher Huff, Master’s Candidtate at the School of Social Service Administration. Moderated by The Chicago Tribune’s Noreen Ahmed-Ullah.

Right Now: “The Chicagoland Lens: A Look at Chicago Public Schools” with Elizabeth Dozier, Principal of Fenger Academy High School, Lila Leff, founder of Umoja Student Development Corporation, Michelle Morrison, Chief Executive Officer for Youth Guidance, Karen VanAusdal, Director of the CPS Office of Social and Emotional Learning, and Christopher Huff, Master’s Candidtate at the School of Social Service Administration. Moderated by The Chicago Tribune’s Noreen Ahmed-Ullah.

Right Now: Todd Purdum talks with Prof. Adam Green about his new book on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Right Now: Todd Purdum talks with Prof. Adam Green about his new book on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Happening now: Roger Simon’s Fellows Seminar: “Dying Is Easy; Comedy Is Hard” with guest Kevin Bleyer, Emmy Award-winning former writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Happening now: Roger Simon’s Fellows Seminar: “Dying Is Easy; Comedy Is Hard” with guest Kevin Bleyer, Emmy Award-winning former writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Congratulations to UChicago student Erin Simpson on being named a Truman Scholar!
https://www.truman.gov/stories/2014-truman-scholars

Congratulations to UChicago student Erin Simpson on being named a Truman Scholar!

https://www.truman.gov/stories/2014-truman-scholars

Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is coming to the IOP house tomorrow at 3 for a discussion with IOP fellow David Muir. RSVP here

Former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd is coming to the IOP house tomorrow at 3 for a discussion with IOP fellow David Muir. RSVP here

Enjoying CNN’s Chicagoland? If this new series has sparked your interest on public education in Chicago then come by the Quad Club Thursday night to see come a panel of educators and experts discussing discipline and intervention methods in Chicago Public Schools. Register here

Enjoying CNN’s Chicagoland? If this new series has sparked your interest on public education in Chicago then come by the Quad Club Thursday night to see come a panel of educators and experts discussing discipline and intervention methods in Chicago Public Schools. Register here

If you’re interested in what’s going right (and wrong) in CPS then come by Thursday at the Quad Club for our panel of educators and experts discussing discipline and intervention methods in Chicago Public Schools. Register here

Happening Now: A conversation with Rep. Robin Kelly.

Happening Now: A conversation with Rep. Robin Kelly.

"Doris Kearns Goodwin is a petite person who writes about towering figures: Lyndon Johnson, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, the Kennedys.

She sat in a hushed meeting room Monday at the University of Chicago’s hushed Alumni House, where David Axelrod asked her unhushed questions. 

“People ask why can’t Obama be more like Lyndon Johnson?” said Axelrod, director of the Institute of Politics at the university. “Why can’t he command the bully pulpit the way Teddy Roosevelt did?” ‘

This is the latest column by IOP Fellow Roger. Simon is leading seminars every Wednesday at 4:30 at the IOP house so drop by.