| Jan 6, 2015
| 3:38 PM
As Washington welcomes the 114th Congress, the capacity of our national legislature to address the nation's problems is in doubt.
Public approval of Congress hovers near historic lows. The contrast between Congress' bare ability to pass routine...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 10:14 AM
On Dec. 18, Oak Park Elementary District 97 School Board member Peter Traczyk marched triumphantly into the tail end of a board meeting, elated. After nearly a year, the district had come to an agreement with its teachers union.
"We've got a contract,"...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 10:08 AM
An Oak Park school board member was found dead in a west suburban meadow Saturday morning, officials said Sunday.
Peter Traczyk, who has been on the District 97 School Board since 2007, was found on North Avenue, east of First Avenue, in Melrose Park....
| Feb 9, 2015
| 2:08 PM
The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival kicks off its 48th year next weekend. Young musicians from more than two dozen schools will perform Feb. 20 through 22.
As in past years, this year's festival offers listeners the opportunity to hear a mix of energetic...
| Dec 18, 2014
| 10:25 AM
As a budding food scientist, northwest suburban native Amy DeJong is used to lab coats, beakers and goggles.
But, for one month last summer, DeJong embarked on a new experiment while dashing around the world with her lab partner as contestants on CBS'...
| Dec 20, 2014
| 5:58 PM
Northwest suburban native Amy DeJong and teammate Maya Warren — the “Sweet Scientists” — won a sweet victory on CBS’ reality television show “The Amazing Race” on Friday.
After a 26,000-mile journey through...
| Dec 7, 2014
| 9:40 AM
Of all the activities he is involved with at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Travis Christner’s favorite, by far, is helping his peers.
That’s saying a lot, because the junior is involved with a long list of activities.
He is on the...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 7:10 PM
Rumors of the death of the Rose Bowl game are, once again, greatly exaggerated. The old girl hasn't lost a step.
That's true, even though college football will play for the big title elsewhere to end this season. And probably elsewhere for seasons to...
| Dec 16, 2014
| 2:28 PM
As the district administrator of the nonprofit Jewish Family and Community Service in Highland Park, Isadora Sherman was for many years a lifeline for scores of struggling teens and their families.
Her work was particularly important during a 17-month...
| Dec 17, 2014
| 1:35 PM
Connie R. Curran started out as a nurse before moving into consulting and executive positions during a career focused on health care and education.
"Connie was such a strong voice for nursing and for board governance," said Daniel Hamburger, president...
| Dec 4, 2014
| 12:39 PM
On Nov. 4, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner won more than an election. He won the opportunity to change our state's kleptocratic political culture and make Illinois once again a hospitable place to raise a family and grow a business.
Rauner campaigned as a...