| Apr 9, 2012
| 6:59 PM
Fourteen jurors were picked Monday for the William Balfour trial. The judge has kept their identities secret until after their verdict. In all, 18 jurors – including six alternates -- will be selected. Here is what was learned about the seven men...
| Jan 30, 2012
For millions of Americans, bagged salads are a miracle food, the perfect mix of health and convenience.
Time-pressed cooks can rip open a bag and pour the leaves right into the bowl, reassured by the "triple-washed" label that some wondrous process has...
| Dec 22, 2011
Gene R. Summers, an architect and developer who undertook the first major renovation of the historic Biltmore Hotel, reviving interest in downtown Los Angeles and helping to spark its revitalization, has died. He was 83.
Summers, who retired to the...
| Feb 4, 2012
| 5:32 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn today named seven people to a state commission that will oversee a privately funded scholarship program designed to help undocumented immigrants pay for college.
The scholarship fund was created by the Illinois DREAM Act, which Quinn...
| Feb 25, 2012
| 11:46 AM
The Chicago Housing Authority is looking for public input as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new leadership team tries to put its stamp on a long-running plan to overhaul the city’s public housing.
On Saturday, housing officials announced a new...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Jul 8, 2011
| 8:51 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — All last summer, Cynthia Muchnick worked on the book of her dreams late into the night after her four children went to bed.
Nearly a year later, "The Everything Guide to Study Skills" is out. Her 13-year-old son Justin has been...
| Jul 13, 2011
An urban experiment is underway on Chicago's South side that is transforming the old Peer meat packing plant into Chicago's first vertical farm. As WGN's Mark Suppelsa reports, the building already houses a tilapia farm, aquaponic gardens, and the...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 3:16 PM
Charges have been brought against four juveniles who police say mugged an IIT grad student Wednesday night near the 31st Street Beach as he rode his bicycle home from school on the lakefront path.
Dave Coxhead, 37, said he was riding home to Hyde Park...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 10:55 AM
The Chicago marathon already has one winner.
William “Billy” Boland, an Air Force captain and ROTC instructor at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology, was the first of some 70 troops to cross the finish line Friday in the Bank...
| Sep 17, 2011
| 5:23 PM
Two years ago, Leonardo Ocampo’s life almost ended at 15 when someone shot him in the back.
He had been flirting with gangs in his Little Village neighborhood and hanging out on street corners. One day, a bullet struck him from behind, exiting...