| Jan 2, 2014
A friend recently got stuck when he tried to explain to his son, who was struggling to find a job, how our economy got to be the way it is. He asked my help since I am a well-known crank on the matter. I offered him three short anecdotes:
| Jan 3, 2014
| 8:12 AM
Is it a law of evolution that the fatter the wallet, the thinner the skin? The wallet of Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot, is so fat he he must sit on it funny, yet there he was the other day, crabbing to CNBC about Pope Francis'...
| Dec 27, 2013
From policy changes to new buildings around town, much is on tap for Downers Grove in the new year.
Tax deal to fill vacant 'Expo'
Downers Grove agreed to rebate sales taxes for 15 years to attract Art Van Furniture to the site of the shuttered Home...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 12:00 PM
A woman watering her lawn can be slightly sexy, but a silver butane tank can change a man's life.
John Divola, a photographer in chase of the sublime, discerned this as a graduate student in a ponytail, peddling his bicycle and taking pictures of...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 10:58 AM
On weekday mornings, Jose Mendez is up at 4 a.m. to make breakfast, send his wife off to work and ready his five kids for their three schools. A stay-at-home dad since 2006, his marathon days of chauffeuring, cooking, cleaning, helping with homework and...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 2:07 PM
Shots were reported fired Tuesday in the 1400 block of Garcia Court.
Aberdeen police report:
Wires and a generator were stolen from a construction site in the 800 block of Long Drive on Monday.
Christmas lights were stolen from a porch in...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:03 PM
Target Corp. became the latest major company to say it will stop offering healthcare coverage for part-time workers, and experts said it won't be the last.
The Minneapolis company announced in a corporate blog post that it was changing its benefits...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:11 AM
Yesterday, Governor O’Malley delivered his eighth—and thankfully—final state of the state address of his administration. And, as usual, his speech was filled with so much that isn’t so.
Now, I’ve done a few O’Malley...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:40 PM
In what may be the perfect mash-up of retro-nostalgia with modern-day reality TV mania, you can now grow a "Duck Dynasty" beard via Chia Pet.
We caught a blurb about the Chia Willie and Chia Uncle Si handmade decorative planters on NBC's "Today" show...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:27 PM
West Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency for five counties Thursday after a chemical spill contaminated the Elk River, affecting tens of thousands of people and forcing schools and eateries to close.
[Updated, 7:25 p.m. PST Jan. 9: The...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 9:01 AM
Three hundred dollars of donated materials plus skilled labor — and a priceless spirit of giving — provided ramps at a Northbrook home so a wheelchair-bound woman can get to know her small grandchildren.
Andi Ship, 64, felled by a massive...