| Jul 6, 2014
| 4:55 PM
Randy Gutzke, a longtime IV drug user who says he struggles daily to stay sober, recently was offered a quick-results test for hepatitis C at a West Side community health center.
A case manager also reviewed the behaviors that put him at risk for...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 3:10 AM
Some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s biggest campaign donors dropped $950,000 in one day into a new super political action committee created to help back his run for re-election in 2015.
Illinois election law caps the amount individuals can contribute to...
| Jul 20, 2014
Jane O'Connor Kerr was a leader in the fine arts and cultural communities in Chicago as well as statewide for decades.
Mrs. Kerr, whose first husband was legendary Chicago broadcast newsman Len O'Connor, was appointed by Gov. Richard Ogilvie to serve on...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 12:03 PM
The popular ACT college entrance exam has been bumped from the roster of required state tests in 2015, part of a wave of changes reshaping how and when Illinois students are tested, which drew criticism from educators across the Chicago region.
| Jul 21, 2014
| 3:00 PM
A sports-based mentoring program and a math tutoring initiative touted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for turning around the lives of at-risk boys is getting an additional $10 million in federal funding.
The White House announced Monday new partnerships for...
| Jul 21, 2014
| 4:56 PM
On the heels of another bloody weekend in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and top local and federal law enforcement officials met privately Monday with about 40 community leaders on what needs to be done to reduce the violence.
Participants later said...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 7:50 AM
Five months and $425 million later, the southern portion of the Red Line is seeing its first weekday ridership growth since the CTA closed the line to upgrade stations and replace track.
Ridership on the Red Line south of Roosevelt Road was up 6.7...
| Jul 14, 2014
Dr. Sanford R. Blum started the Blum Animal Hospital in 1951 in Lakeview and in the decades that followed made it one of the premier pet care facilities in the Chicago area.
"He always told me, 'Every time you go into the exam room, put yourself in...
| Jun 18, 2014
Kai Heinecken spent his entire 19-year teaching career at Kelvyn Park High School on the Northwest Side, where he was athletic director, coached several sports and taught physical education and driver's education.
"He liked working with kids and felt he...
| May 8, 2014
| 9:44 AM
Fifty more to go.
One hundred and seventy six school days multiplied by two kids equals 352 lunches to pack, which means a whole lot of mornings spent wallowing in defeat. We're in the home stretch now, with a mere five weeks of school left.
| Jun 12, 2014
| 2:52 PM
The Chicago Infrastructure Trust approved its second project Thursday, a plan to make 141 city-owned swimming pools more energy efficient.
The proposal would not make any cosmetic changes to the city’s aging collection of swimming pools, but would...