| Feb 2, 2015
| 11:09 AM
Millions of American boys – and probably a few girls – dream of being a Super Bowl-winning quarterback who leads the team in a fourth quarter comeback, like New England’s Tom Brady did Sunday.
Not I. Instead of being a Super Bowl-...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 2:43 PM
When Lisa D'Amour wrote "Detroit" — a play that premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010 and went on to New York and London's National Theatre and became a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize — it seemed like she knew the Motor City...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 1:59 PM
Several weeks ago, before I even thought about seeing "American Sniper," I was on a plane on a runway in Philly awaiting takeoff to New Haven. It was the last leg of several delayed and canceled flights that had seen me sleeping one night in Chicago's O'...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 6:19 PM
The bizarre, tortuous journey of the Bahia Emerald began in the depths of a Brazilian mine and eventually landed it in a Los Angeles County sheriff's evidence locker, where it remains today.
Since 2009, the 180,000-carat, 840-pound behemoth of a gem has...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 6:08 AM
Ryan Pace hit the ground asking questions as general manager, trying to get a sense for how Todd Bowles would fit as the next coach of the Bears.
Thirty minutes into his position as head man of all football operations at Halas Hall, Pace walked into the...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 3:13 PM
The Chicago Bears introduced Ryan Pace as their new general manager Friday morning at Halas Hall. The ceremonial news conference came 11 days after the team fired former GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman following a disappointing 5-11 season....
| Jan 5, 2015
| 9:25 AM
The damage done by Hurricane Katrina was so significant that, 10 years later, charitable groups are still making annual treks down to New Orleans to help residents reestablish themselves.
Students in Lake Zurich High School’s jazz program will...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 4:28 AM
Federal inspectors have flunked the city of Hartford on its maintenance – or lack of it – on a massive system of levees, conduits and other installations that guard an estimated $1 billion worth of buildings and urban infrastructure from...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 8:46 AM
Sprinkle was transfixed by the reindeer headband with the jingle bells.
As the tortoiseshell kitten stared intently at the source of the sound, Ashton Keenan clicked away with a camera in one hand and the novelty antlers in the other, capturing the...
| Dec 21, 2014
| 4:00 PM
At the latest round of international climate talks this month in Lima, Peru, melting glaciers in the Andes and recent droughts provided a fitting backdrop for the negotiators' recognition that it is too late to prevent climate change, no matter how fast...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 2:12 AM
A steep rise in flood-insurance costs could soak Palm Beach County residents who can least afford to pay more.
Safety concerns about Lake Okeechobee's 143-mile long dike could translate to increased flood insurance costs for homeowners and businesses in...