| Jan 12, 2015
| 10:25 PM
The show Monday night was forecast to draw the largest audience in cable television history. A 30-second advertising spot was going for as much $1 million.
The cause of all this attention: the first-ever College Football Playoff championship game....
| Jan 11, 2015
| 4:00 PM
College football finally has a real playoff, and millions of us can't wait to see who will win the championship matchup. It is ironic, however, that even the players at the top of the game, who will be engulfed in adulation Monday night, are also...
| Jan 11, 2015
| 5:20 AM
CHICAGO On the third-floor hospital maternity ward at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Bionka Burkhalter had just given birth to her first child, a 7-pound, 4-ounce boy named Josiah. There was a knock on the door, and two women asked to give a...
| Jan 4, 2015
When former Gov. Bob McDonnell stands before U.S. District Judge James Spencer on Tuesday for sentencing, the big question will be: Is the core of political corruption taking money when in office, or doing something in return?
For the prosecutors who...
| Jan 5, 2015
| 4:46 PM
Dr. Henry Betts, an outspoken advocate for people with disabilities and a pioneer in the field of rehabilitation medicine, led efforts to transform the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago into the leading facility of its kind.
Dr. Betts, 86, died in his...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:27 PM
Lee Sandlin, a writer, covered a broad range of subjects in books and articles, producing everything from a historical look at life along the Mississippi River in the 19th century to a study of how early tornado chasing brought about the field of...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 1:51 PM
Most people would be slowing down at age 71, but not Sandy Haggart.
"The hardest part is trying not to work too hard (because) then I feel like I'm out of balance," says Haggart, who founded the nonprofit Feed the Dream (feedthedream.org), a nutrition...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 7:09 AM
To help children recover from surgery, a dose of "Diamonds" or "Shake It Off" could do the trick, according to a recent study.
Research from Northwestern University and Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago asserts that listening to music and...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 12:37 PM
The president of Chicago-based Roosevelt University was paid nearly $1.8 million in 2012, making him the fifth highest-paid private university president in the country that year, according to an annual survey of college presidents' compensation.
| Jan 1, 2015
| 10:00 PM
Points pondered while starting the new year off with a really sore/stiff neck, the result of paying $6 at a service station for 3.05 gallons of gas, and then spending the next four hours perusing the sky in search of flying pigs.
1) It may be that...
| Dec 29, 2014
| 3:39 AM
Drew McDonough walks quickly past the 50-pound bags of brown sugar and the huge tubs of chocolate frosting. He takes a second to clock in at a computer, dresses in his bakery clothes (hairnet, work shirt, apron), and then speed-walks toward the...