| 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...
| Mar 4, 2013
Last week, I enjoyed joining a lunch discussion with a few dozen community leaders who were interested in education, volunteerism, and the community. The goal of the lunch was to brainstorm ways together to inspire students, parents and policy-makers to...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 11:19 AM
The main scenic elements for "How Long Will I Cry?: Voices of Youth Violence," the latest in a sudden string of intense Chicago productions aiming to engage us in the crisis of youth violence, have a distinct resemblance to the Crown Fountain in...
| Mar 11, 2013
| 11:29 AM
The Chicago Public Library's latest selection for "One Book, One Chicago" charts the history of African-Americans who moved to Chicago and other cities after leaving their homes in the Jim Crow South.
"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 3:38 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintained Tuesday that a pension fix overwhelmingly rejected by Chicago police sergeants remains a road map to restoring financial soundness to the city's woefully underfunded pension system.
“Every other aspect of this plan,...
| Aug 29, 2013
In the world of book publishing, summer is generally a time for "beach reads," fun, lighter books that readers can jump in and out of while splashing through the surf or visiting family.
Not for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Emanuel detailed his summer...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 12:48 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel left himself some wiggle room on trying again to privatize Midway Airport to raise money, saying today he was giving up the idea for "the foreseeable future" after recently halting the process of accepting bids to lease it.
| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.”
Rebecca Makkai is...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:54 PM
Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
| Apr 12, 2013
From his stove, Nelson Algren saw a dark shape stumble out of the bar across Wabansia Avenue. It teetered once, then slumped under the Nectar Beer sign, sizzling neon in the bitter February cold. Eight degrees, an army fatigue jacket, and too many shots...