| 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 15, 2014
| 12:35 PM
Sign up for $300 in coupons for projects inside and out from The Home Depot.
If your thumbs are green (or if they'd like to be), join the home improvement center's Garden Club or Orange Insider newsletter for $5 off $50 purchase coupons. After you join,...
| 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 4, 2014
| 9:16 AM
The whiteboard that keeps track of Jack Andraka's schedule would be an exhausting blur for anyone, let alone a 16-year-old high school student: Last-minute requests are squeezed into already full days, scientific conferences bump up against speaking...
| 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...
| 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'...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 3:51 PM
Art Van Furniture is poised to call Downers Grove home, as the village council signed off on a tax-incentive agreement to bring the Michigan-based chain to town.
The council voted unanimously at its Nov. 12 meeting to allow Art Van to open at 1021...
| 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...
| Dec 14, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Christmas came early for Alburtis residents, at least those hungry for a sit-down restaurant in the borough.
Thanks to a six-month overhaul of the former Iron Horse Inn, which had significantly deteriorated under longtime owner Hermann Sulderits, 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...
| 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...