| Aug 14, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Oprah Winfrey has been making all kinds of headlines recently -- starring alongside Forest Whitaker in "The Butler," recounting an alleged incident of shopping-related racism in Switzerland, and wearing a ginormous Afro wig on the September cover of O...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 5:06 AM
Longtime Chicago media columnist Robert Feder is launching a standalone media blog next month through a partnership with the Chicago Tribune.
The editorially independent Web site, RobertFeder.com, will be owned by Feder, but licensed and marketed by...
| Aug 31, 2013
"The papers in Chicago in those days were unlike any printed anywhere else," wrote the great Hugh Fullerton in 1928 for the Saturday Evening Post. "They were written largely in the language that the wild growing young city understood." On the evidence...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 9:06 AM
Birthdays carry burdens for young Claire. Each year, her beleaguered father takes her from their shack in a seaside Haitian village to visit the grave of her mother, who died giving birth. Claire's seventh birthday dawns with an additional portent, as a...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:29 AM
"The Childhood of Jesus" features no character named Jesus.
That surely counts as one of the major provocations in J.M. Coetzee's delightfully vexing new novel.
This piece first ran in Printers Row Journal, delivered to...
| Sep 15, 2013
One unheralded author and a tiny publisher received a Pulitzer surprise in 2010 when Paul Harding's “Tinkers” won the big prize for fiction. The debut novelist and his publisher, Bellevue Literary Press (based at the New York University School...
| Sep 15, 2013
In the wake of the great Elmore Leonard’s death, I immediately felt a great sense of loss. Leonard was for decades a constant in my reading life, each book coming at me with fascinating characters and perfect dialogue; each book reminding me how...
| Feb 13, 2014
| 6:46 AM
As part of our 250th celebration, I'll be posting selected historical cartoons from The Courant's files every Thursday. Today's is a 1955 syndicated cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jacob Burck of the Chicago Sun-Times. Henry McNulty, who is our...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 4:17 PM
A nephew of former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley today began serving his 60 day sentence after pleading guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter, officials said. Richard Vanecko, 39, turned himself into McHenry County officials where he began serving...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 8:52 PM
Over the course of a 17-month investigation, after nearly 150 interviews and a review of more than 300,000 pages of records, special prosecutor Dan Webb found no evidence that former Mayor Richard Daley exerted political pressure to shield one of his...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 1:22 PM
Nanci Koschman had spent almost a decade waiting for this moment.
After a sleepless night, she sat in a Rolling Meadows courtroom Friday fighting back tears as Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of former Mayor Richard Daley, turned to face...