| Jan 22, 2013
| 12:26 PM
Woe to Edgar Allan Poe. In life, the writer was ill-served by fortune: orphaned as a toddler, an indebted college dropout, Poe moved often, usually to dodge creditors. His beloved wife (and, um, first cousin) died in the Bronx at age 24; two years later...
| Dec 18, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Former Mayor Eddie Perez's appellate case will not be heard by a judge until at least February, an appellate court clerk said Tuesday.
Although the case was put on a court docket that reads "court dates are expected to be Jan. 2 to 23," the clerk said...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 3:46 PM
It is no coincidence that the lead character—the insecure, ambitious, lonely, befuddled, athletic, smart and searching John Lincoln—of Richard Babcock’s fine new novel “Are You Happy Now?” is an editor with a small Chicago...
| Jan 1, 2013
| 5:29 PM
Baltimore was unable in 2012 to sustain a significant milestone — the first drop below 200 homicides in a generation — but officials see reasons to remain optimistic that declines will resume.
As the Police Department's leadership changed,...
| Mar 16, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.
| Mar 22, 2013
| 5:46 PM
A former Chicago police officer accused in a gruesome plot to extort, murder and dismember a local businessman is now facing charges he agreed to kill another individual in exchange for revenue from a strip club and later tried to get his wife to...
| Dec 2, 2012
| 4:01 PM
Luis Ernesto Rodriguez eyed the metal door as he waited for his little girls. Now 6 and 5 years old, they were his only children, inseparable, with thick black hair and mischievous smiles that reminded people of little mermaids.
More than two years...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 10:00 AM
A former Chicago police officer was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison today for using his police muscle to extort protection payoffs from heroin and crack dealers in the Ida B. Wells public housing complex.
Kallatt Mohammed, 47, remained defiant...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 3:36 PM
Two veteran Chicago police officers were indicted on separate charges that each extorted payoffs from a tow truck driver in return for steering business to him.
The two -- Deavalin Page, 46, and Francis Zoller, 43, who were both assigned to the South...
| Nov 1, 2012
Proposition 35, the human trafficking measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, is a near-perfect example of how far the initiative process has strayed from its original role as the people's essential check on the Legislature and how it is now helping to run the...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 6:45 AM
A former Willow Springs officer facing federal extortion charges died early Monday morning in what officials believe is an apparent suicide.
Gary Engel, 61, was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m. Monday after officials say he hanged himself in his McHenry...