| Apr 28, 2015
| 3:09 PM
Ken Larsen grew up working in his family's boatyard at Waukegan Harbor, where as a teenager he and his brother would hop aboard a tugboat and guide big ships in and out of the harbor.
"There were ships filled with coal that was delivered to a plant near...
| Apr 15, 2015
| 5:06 PM
Wanda Evans-Brewer, who holds a doctorate in education, earned so little last year as an adjunct professor at Concordia University in River Forest — $27,000 — that she qualified for food stamps.
"In my wildest dreams, I would never think I...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 3:00 AM
You don't design and build a to-scale replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater in gingerbread without a particular kind of zeal for butter, flour and sugar. Jeffrey Hallenbeck possesses that zeal. It's the kind of commitment and enthusiasm it takes to...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 11:39 AM
Two newcomers are challenging two incumbents for three seats on the LaGrange Park-Brookfield Elementary District 95 Board.
Candidates agree the most critical issue is determining a long-term solution on how to house additional students coming into the...
| Mar 30, 2015
| 9:52 AM
Seven residents are running for the three seats up for election on the Burr Ridge Village Board on April 7.
Candidates Jim Broline, Robert A. Grela, Jimmy Haimann, Paula Murphy, Albert J. Paveza, Mary T. Praxmarer and Antonio Schiappa spoke individually...
| Mar 26, 2015
| 12:23 PM
When Aleksandr Vaysman and his father-in-law, Igor Shtrambrand, were searching for the perfect location for Deka, their new French-Russian brasserie, the two discovered a spot in a seemingly untapped market: Wheeling.
"What this area was missing was...
| Mar 23, 2015
| 5:40 PM
Seymour H. Persky, the colorful Chicago real estate mogul and preservationist who amassed a dazzling collection of architectural artifacts and ensured the long-term survival of a revered Gold Coast house whose authorship is ascribed to architects Louis...
| Mar 22, 2015
| 6:35 PM
Standing at the window of his niece's split-level home in south suburban Dolton, Tyrone Hood popped Skittles into his mouth as he peered across the street.
Two men lugged construction supplies and debris into a pickup truck, wrapping up rehab work for...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 10:35 AM
One of this year's "Chicago 7" buildings deemed threatened by a local preservation group isn't a building at all.
Neon signs "throughout the city" made Preservation Chicago's annual list of the city's most endangered structures.
The signs, which often...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 2:30 AM
As program director of the master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling at Chicago's Adler University, Mary O'Connor Drout realizes most people are not familiar with the field. Which is a shame, since rehab experts do such life-changing work....
| Feb 8, 2015
| 2:30 AM
As president and co-owner of GovHR USA, based in Northbrook, Heidi Voorhees and her staff help place people in local government jobs. Clients of the recruitment, selection and management consulting firm include cities, counties, park districts,...