| Sep 19, 2014
| 4:44 PM
Take a look at the new Twitter avatar that Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis posted last week, then tell me she's not running for mayor.
The avatar is the little image — usually a portrait — that appears prominently on a user's...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 4:37 PM
What to do about our state's worst-in-the-nation pension liability?
Gov. Pat Quinn says he doesn't need a "Plan B" to address the problem because he believes the Illinois Supreme Court will uphold the pension reform law he signed in December.
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:40 PM
As Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete prepares to visit Chicago next week, a Tanzanian diplomat sent a message to Chicago media referring to "Mayor Rahm Emmanuel."
Uh-oh. Not good to misspell the mayor's name before an official visit.
| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:45 PM
The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 11-5 (.688). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 8:03 AM
What exactly is meant by the term "Latino music"?
The rubric is so all-encompassing as to be virtually meaningless, for there are at least as many styles and genres and varieties of Latino music as there are Latino and Hispanic cultures on the planet....
| Sep 10, 2014
| 12:27 PM
The star of a new, compelling and cautionary documentary titled "From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction" (10 p.m. Thursday on WTTW-Ch 11) is a dead pigeon named Martha.
She died on September 1, 1914, in a zoo in Cincinnati,...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 2:50 PM
The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer, examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to Glantz-Culver (O/U = over/under). Farmer’s record last year was 159-96-1 (.624). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 9:30 AM
Best-selling chef and TV host Ina Garten is coming to the Auditorium Theatre on Nov. 6, and she’ll be joined by Catherine De Orio, host of “Check Please!” on WTTW-Ch. 11.
Garten, host of Food Network’s longtime cooking show...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 7:53 PM
1871, the city's leading home for tech startups, announced Friday that its incubator for women-led companies would begin accepting applications this week under a new name, brand and logo.
But the newly christened WiSTEM 1871 still lacks what matters...
| Aug 22, 2014
| 8:30 AM
It’s time for the Emmy Awards again, and I am excited and angry.
More angry than excited, so let’s take a bite out of that apple first.
I’m angry because the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards telecast airs almost a month earlier than usual...
| Sep 9, 2014
Martha Stewart, Ina Garten and Dorie Greenspan are coming to Chicago this fall, and each of them will arrive bearing gifts for their fans: brand new cookbooks. Here's what to expect from three of the culinary world's brightest stars when they come a-...