| Dec 27, 2013
| 12:49 PM
South Side Ald. Anthony Beale has taken the unusual step of filing a pre-emptive lawsuit against a former Chicago Public Schools principal who he says sought to extort $1 million from him and made false claims that he sexually harassed her.
The 9th Ward...
| Dec 22, 2013
It wasn't by choice that Dan DeWitt took a job outside St. Louis, roughly 300 miles from his home.
The Orland Park resident's old employer went bankrupt five years ago, leaving him with mounting bills and the threat of his lender foreclosing on his...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:09 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had cellist Yo-Yo Ma and soprano Renee Fleming where he wanted them: sitting on either side of him as he marked the one-year anniversary of the Chicago Public Schools' Arts Education Plan. Ma and Fleming, creative consultants for the...
| Dec 12, 2013
The Chicago Board of Education needs to develop clear rules and guidelines for locating new schools, be they new construction, district, contract or charter schools. In their recent request for new school proposals in the McKinley Park area, Chicago...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 8:10 PM
Two times during Friday's victory against Proviso East, Morgan Park senior guard Shami Goodman sliced through the lane and fed a teammate with a highlight-reel pass.
Each time, the ball failed to find the bottom of the hoop.
Later in the game, Goodman...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 11:57 AM
The 15-year-old girl left home for school early on Tuesday, sometime after 6 a.m., and headed for a bus stop down the block in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side. She didn't get far.
Around 8 a.m., a neighbor went outside for a smoke...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 6:19 PM
Two Chicago aldermen called Wednesday for the city to put up $20 million to help onetime crime suspects who were tortured by disgraced former police Cmdr. Jon Burge but have otherwise been unable to win compensation.
Alds. Howard Brookins, 21st, and...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 5:36 AM
Nine activists arrested during an August protest at a Near West Side school building have been found not guilty of trespassing.
The nine, who range in age from 23 to 58, were acquitted Friday of trespassing charges stemming from a protest against...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:40 AM
Sean White is a yeller. When he takes the stage at the Lincoln Lodge's "Double Feature," a monthly night of stand-up comedy interspersed with short films, the blond and bearded stand-up has a booming growl in his voice. White's got a reason for his...
| Nov 24, 2013
Seven Sundays ago, we launched this quest for a new Plan of Chicago with a sense of urgency and a question mark as tall as Tribune Tower: Would readers and organizations concur that intertwined challenges confront Chicago with the fourth great crisis of...
| Nov 17, 2013
"Sixty years ago, it was hard to find people who doubted that each generation would be larger than the last. ... (G)overnments and employers built optimistic growth projections into their pension programs. They assumed that revenue and the workforce would...