| Sep 22, 2013
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ruler of the murder capital of the United States, would often open his news conferences with a wisecrack:
"Do you have questions for my answers?"
But these days, with South and West siders afraid for their lives in the...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:55 PM
A 14-year-old boy was shot in the Park Manor neighborhood, one of at least two people shot in the city Friday afternoon, police said.
The slain boy was identified as Tommy McNeal, 14, of the 7200 block of South Rhodes Avenue, according to the Cook...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 4:56 AM
A Far South Side community took the first formal steps Wednesday toward restoring the name of Olympic legend Jesse Owens to an area school.
Owens, the African-American track star whose gold medal-winning performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics was...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 9:32 PM
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Free origin stories: Watch The "Seinfeld" pilot and read (on Kindle) the first issue......
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:32 PM
From the Tribune story about the latest test scores from the Chicago Public Schools reflecting the percentage of pupils performing at or above grade level: Charter schools did not show an increase in the number of students meeting or exceeding......
| Sep 4, 2013
| 6:08 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel sought Wednesday to reshape the debate over his efforts to shrink the city's so-called food deserts by announcing plans to open a Whole Foods Market in the impoverished Englewood neighborhood three years from now.
| Jul 1, 2013
In the 1940s, Kenneth Hill was growing up in a one-bedroom apartment in the Altgeld Gardens public housing project. His mother and older sister slept in the bedroom. He slept on the sofa in the tiny living room amid a sprawl of Erector Set parts.
| Jul 7, 2013
Daniel O'Neil is one of the founders of Everyblock. The now shuttered hyperlocal news website was among the first to exhume government data sets — reams of building permits, for instance — and publish them online for the curious and skilled to...
| Aug 25, 2013
| 4:29 PM
To combat a truancy crisis that reaches into the earliest grades, Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday signed into law a measure that lowers Illinois' compulsory attendance age to 6 from 7 starting in the fall of 2014.
"Too many kids are missing school and...
| Aug 30, 2013
Once again this year, the fall museum and zoo schedules are full, and not just because of the now-requisite Halloween and Christmas programming. Highlights include a World's Fair revisitation at the Field, commemoration of the Gettysburg Address' 150th...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Phyllis Adams, a harpist, and Monty Adams, a flutist, both moved to Chicago in the 1970s, met in a locker room at Orchestra Hall, fell in love and married.
What they didn't realize at the time was how hard it would be for two musicians to get by without...