| Mar 17, 2015
| 1:03 PM
Alton Brown is coming back to Chicago, and this time he's packing ponchos.
The iconic TV cook/mad scientist/would-be Vaudeville performer takes the stage March 25 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet for a 2½-hour variety show that includes stand-up...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 2:05 PM
"This is the starting gun," said state Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno, referring to the budget proposal Gov. Bruce Rauner revealed Wednesday, "not the checkered flag."
Actually, it's more like the red cape — an illusion designed to...
| Mar 15, 2015
| 5:48 PM
The first of three televised debates between Mayor Emanuel and his challenger Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is Monday on NBC 5, but competing for the attention of younger voters is tough with Millennials, who increasingly are turning...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 7:49 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia will meet Monday evening for the first of three scheduled head-to-head debates before the April 7 runoff election.
The hourlong debate will be televised live at 6 p.m. on WMAQ-Ch. 5 and in Spanish on...
| Mar 14, 2015
| 2:36 PM
Homewood-Flossmoor High School Principal Ryan Pitcock has been nominated for the 2015 Golden Apple Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award.
It will be only the second year that the Golden Apple Foundation, which is dedicated to providing exceptional...
| Mar 15, 2015
Every now and then I make a list of things I've liked lately. Here's one for the approach to spring.
The light returns fast now, 21/2 minutes more of it every day. We come out of our caves, squinting.
We love the light even more because...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 12:37 PM
A documentary about White Sox great Minnie Minoso, whose death was reported Sunday, will air Monday night on the local PBS affiliate, WTTW-Ch. 11.
"Baseball Has Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story" (comprising footage shot by producer...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 8:10 AM
There are few places less hospitable on a Chicago winter morning than an "L" stop. But that's where hundreds of thousands of us spend time and where candidates for political office occasionally show up, smiling and pressing the flesh and otherwise...
| Feb 27, 2015
| 1:47 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia are headed for a series of one-on-one debates as the Chicago mayor's race comes down to a six-week sprint to a runoff election.
Emanuel's campaign announced Friday that the mayor had agreed to three...
| Feb 24, 2015
| 1:07 PM
It seems like all I did at the end of 2014 was wait for snow.
I spent the better half of last year working on a project about the bison reintroduction to the Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Ill. During that time I had tramped around their...
| Feb 20, 2015
| 12:14 PM
East Aurora's Fred Rogers Magnet Academy, an elementary school for third- through eighth-grade students talented in math, science and technology, is moving to public television Sunday as some its kids will be featured at 11 a.m. on WTTW in a show called...