| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:40 PM
U.S. District Judge James Holderman was in his chambers in early 2011 when he opened a piece of mail from a group calling itself the Sovereign American Consulate.
Inside was a document accusing the veteran jurist of failing to answer a summons issued...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:05 AM
When Mayor Rahm Emanuel bet late-night host Jimmy Fallon that Chicago’s children would read 2.4 million books this summer in order to bring “The Tonight Show” back to Chicago, it sounded like a lofty gamble.
But the odds are stacked in...
| Mar 1, 2014
How can a novel feel so suspenseful yet its plot seem so beside the point? How can a work of fiction be so slender yet so broad in scope? Only a great talent like Yiyun Li could perform this magic.
The story seems straightforward. Four adolescents...
| Mar 3, 2014
| 3:16 AM
"The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon walked into Lake Michigan Sunday morning in the promised suit and tie, turned toward the beach, then fell back into the water, going completely under.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ran in, then sort of laid down on...
| Feb 14, 2014
Oba William King plays a djembe drum, a kufi covers his bald head, and West African Anansi folk tales are in his repertoire. And although King's work is inspired by ancestral art forms, it would only be part of the story to label King an African...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 8:28 AM
Dr. John, Aaron Neville and Bettye LaVette will headline the 31st annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 13-15 in Grant Park, according to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The festival will kick off June 13 at the...
| May 25, 2014
| 3:29 PM
Monday is Memorial Day. The following services will be affected:
Schools: Public schools in Chicago will be closed. Most suburban and parochial schools will be closed. Check local districts.
Government offices: Closed.
Postal Service: No mail...
| May 6, 2014
| 6:40 AM
All branches of the Chicago Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 7, officials said this week.
That includes the Harold Washington Library Center, Woodson Regional and Sulzer Regional Libraries. The branches are being closed for a day of staff...
| May 6, 2014
| 10:26 AM
First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to present the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to 10 institutions, including the Chicago Public Library, at a White House ceremony on Thursday.
In an announcement today, the White House described...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 10:00 PM
I am an admirer and a supporter of President Barack Obama, but I am against the idea of Illinois paying $100 million for his presidential library.
Because I admire and support him, I would urge him to come up with an innovative and valuable alternative...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
How forgotten is MacKinlay Kantor's "Diversey"? Well, when I looked it up on the Chicago Public Library website, I found only one copy available systemwide, in the closed stacks of the downtown branch — meaning that any reader interested in taking a...