| Feb 12, 2015
| 5:20 PM
Scott Walker was gone. Dropped out. And in the spring of his senior year.
In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University. Walker, the campus' suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico — who enjoyed the place so much that he had run...
| Mar 11, 2015
By Suzanne Kurtz Sloan
Yaniv Sadka met many kids while coaching his Los Angeles youth lacrosse league. But during the summer of 2011, one 13-year-old boy stood out.
"Benny became like my third brother," said Sadka, 19. "We would do brotherly things like...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 10:28 AM
Tom Yeager witnessed major college conferences enact historic legislation that will allow schools to provide extra benefits to scholarship athletes. When voting concluded at last month's NCAA convention, he and many others couldn't help but think: Now...
| 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,"...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 9:04 AM
Driving a 27-foot-long hot dog will get you noticed, and that's just the point for Alexandra Longo, a former Miss Addison who has spent the last eight months relishing her travels aboard the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
She has logged 27,000 miles so far...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 6:49 AM
Carl Barks' Duck by Peter Schilling Jr., Uncivilized, 122 pages, $12.95
"My cartoons weren't good," a Mickey Mouse doppelganger cheerfully declared on a recent episode of "The Simpsons." "They were just first." Fortunately, Disney's questionable quality...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 8:32 AM
The African-American Heritage Festival will kick off with a free cultural event beginning at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 with a performance by "American Idol" contestant David Oliver Willis in the Tavares High gym, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave.
The Community Choir of...
| 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 16, 2015
| 7:31 PM
"... If I feel tomorrow like I feel today
If I feel tomorrow like I feel today
I'm gonna pack my trunk and make my getaway ..."
— William C. Handy, "Saint Louis Blues"
Felicia Childress is a retired kindergarten teacher from Gary who at 97 years...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 7:17 PM
Michael Bayne has done everything you're supposed to do to avoid taking on too much debt for college. He lives off-campus to save money on housing. He's always working at least one job — sometimes two. And he enrolled at an in-state public school,...
| 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...