| Feb 12, 2011
Born: Ralph Dale Earnhardt on April 29, 1951, in Kannapolis, N.C. Starts racing on local dirt tracks when he is 15.
Career pole positions: 22.
Career top-5 finishes: 268.
Career top-10 finishes: 404.
Winston Cup Championships: 7 (1980,...
| Mar 9, 2011
| 12:44 PM
It's a statistic that confounds and frustrates just about anyone who works to make sure the sounds of everyday living are heard: Only about 1 in 5 Americans with hearing loss actually uses a hearing aid.
The stumbling blocks? The cost of hearing aids,...
| Nov 16, 2010
When Amy Tiller became pregnant six years ago, she was a high school biology teacher in Waynesville, N.C., and the health insurance plan she had through her school system covered the tab for the birth of her twins.
A few years later, when she...
| Mar 8, 2011
| 6:18 PM
A suburban official who claimed 10 job titles at once has seen his retirement checks whittled by pension officials — though the 56-year-old is still getting about $230,000 a year.
The Tribune revealed in June that Bellwood had paid its comptroller,...
| Jan 17, 2011
| 9:55 PM
Illinois junior college linebacker Terran Buck said it has been one of the busiest, most exciting weekends of his life.
Buck (6-2, 235) took his official visit to UCF during the weekend. He was impressed by the program and quickly decided to sign his...
| Dec 6, 2010
| 4:21 PM
City officials made public the permanent debarment of Arrow Lumber on Monday, the same day a report was published in the Tribune detailing the company's lucrative contracts with the city, despite the owner's admission in 2007 that he'd participated in a...
| Nov 17, 2010
In a surprising move, the Obama administration will extend special bonus payments meant to reward top-performing Medicare Advantage insurers to those that score only average ratings.
The three-year plan goes beyond what the health law called for in...
| Mar 1, 2011
| 6:17 PM
In the days after a football injury left Eisenhower High School running back Rasul "Rocky" Clark paralyzed from the neck down, he was showered with attention from medical professionals and assured by school officials that he would be well taken care of,...
| Jun 20, 2011
| 2:44 PM
Orland Hills has a library board, but no library. Norwood Park has a paid three-member board with the sole job of overseeing 40 streetlights. And a southern Illinois tuberculosis board has amassed more than $200,000 yet it treats only one patient every...
| Dec 5, 2010
| 7:24 PM
Mayor Richard Daley's administration has known since 2007 that the owner of a South Side lumber company participated in a scheme to defraud the city, yet it has allowed him to continue to reap millions of dollars in city business, a Tribune review has...
| Jan 26, 2011
| 6:54 PM
When DuPage County decided it needed a new emergency radio network, it saw no reason to shop around.
DuPage's Emergency Telephone System Board awarded a no-bid, $7 million contract — funded through fees on landline and cell phone users' bills ...