| Mar 11, 2015
| 3:45 PM
In the last weeks of his campaign, Mayor Rahm Emanuel seems exhausted, spread thin.
You get the feeling there is too much toast and not enough cheese in him as he reaches toward the April 7 runoff election with Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy"...
| Mar 9, 2015
| 8:32 AM
Obama library officials likely will delay an announcement about the center's future home until after the April 7 mayoral runoff election, according to a source.
The Chicago City Council is expected to vote March 18 to allow a transfer of 20 acres of...
| Mar 8, 2015
| 3:48 AM
No one who knows anything about the way Chicago works expects the Chicago Plan Commission on Monday to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to transfer parkland to the city if the Barack Obama presidential library and museum lands here.
| Mar 4, 2015
| 2:08 PM
The portraits hanging in the Hinsdale Public Library's Quiet Reading Room are elegant, with a timeless formality about them though the people depicted are in attire worn 150 years ago. This exhibit deserves a visit as it is the product of a local artist:...
| Jul 18, 2011
So I hear about this guy named Mike Michalowicz, who has this idea that companies should institute "library hours," a chunk of time each day when everyone in the office shuts up, unplugs from the Internet and focuses on work.
My first reaction was,...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 6:23 AM
When Lisette Guillen attended the FBI's latest multi-cultural advisory board meeting, she never expected to hear her name called out loud.
W. Jay Abbott, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Indianapolis office, recently presented her with the 2014...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 4:24 PM
A public library can be ground zero for needed information, education, Internet access and, of course, thousands of books.
However, I'm told by many regular patrons that libraries also serve as unofficial warming shelters for our area's homeless and...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 6:46 AM
Maybe it's time to erect temporary, "proceed with caution" signs at the entrances to Chicago's Jackson and Washington parks. The signs would be directed not at drivers, but at President Barack and Michelle Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Barack Obama...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 10:00 PM
With snow days piling up and temperatures in the single digits, school-aged kids are developing serious cases of cabin fever. Museums are great cold weather destinations, especially those with activities geared toward children, but admissions aren't...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 9:47 AM
When you grow up, your heart dies.
I know this because Ally Sheedy told me so. She said we all become our parents, there is no avoiding it. Also, if I ever do decide to run away from home, I don't have to live on the streets; I could go to Afghanistan....
| Feb 3, 2015
| 9:48 PM
Peter Cook used to make lots of trips to the Palms Library to donate books, but then he got a better idea. He'd seen little homemade lending libraries in yards here and there and decided to make his own.
"I love working with wood and have a two-dollar...