| Apr 7, 2014
| 2:30 PM
The people yes
The people will live on.
The learning and blundering
people will live on.
--Carl Sandburg, "The People, Yes"
. . .
By the splittest of split decisions, by the narrowest and, yes, the most partisan and ideological differences of...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Pete Seeger was best known as a folk singer, an archivist and writer, and the purveyor of such beamed-from-the-heavens standards as "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn, Turn, Turn."
But among the musician's most important roles was one...
| Dec 25, 2013
"Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish"
"In their purest form, murals have the ability to tell stories," writes Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair. But as he also points out, there...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:15 PM
The poet is on vacation until April, that “cruelest month” of T.S. Eliot’s, and so was to be found one afternoon in early December sitting at the bar at the Billy Goat Tavern and drinking a beer.
His name is J.J. Tindall (James Joseph)...
| Dec 15, 2013
When trolleys traveled the city's streets, Chicagoans looked down the tracks with a mix of emotions: frustration on cold nights when it seemed a car would never come; anticipation of a jostling ride in a crush of strap-holders; anger at the streetcar...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 9:53 AM
Mundelein officials are ready to pay for the first half of 44 properties they need to acquire to begin Hawley Street improvements.
Trustees recently agreed to cut checks for 16 pieces of land along an approximately mile-long stretch of Hawley slated...
| Nov 3, 2013
When last we read Theresa Schwegel, she was four fine novels into a successful career.
The first book, "Officer Down" (2005) won the prestigious Edgar Award for Best First Novel by an American Author. That was followed by "Probable Cause" (2007),...
| Oct 27, 2013
This is a football city, and that is because we (or most of us) still like to think we live in a rough-and-tumble town. The echo of Carl Sandburg remains strong. He called the city “alive and coarse and strong and cunning” and endowed it...
| Mar 28, 2014
"Play normal music!"
The woman yelling this at Neil Young stood three rows away from him at the Rosemont Theater in 2004. Between each song, as he spoke to the crowd about the next chapter in "Greendale," the theatrical rock play he was presenting...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 6:05 PM
Mundelein police confirmed tonight a suspect is in custody after a girl was found dead at a home in the north suburb about 8:30 a.m., prompting a lockdown at three schools.
For 11 hours, police would not comment on what caused the lockdowns at Mundelein...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:17 PM
The Homewood-Flossmoor varsity girls basketball team had just grabbed the No. 1 ranking in the state when a new adversary appeared -- a lawsuit alleging its coach had recruited players in violation of the rules.
The suit, filed by a parent of a...