| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:47 AM
In 2014, it is Demario Bailey.
In 2013, it was Hadiya Pendleton.
In 2009, it was Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert.
For me, it was Ben Wilson in 1984.
These are children in Chicago whose gruesome deaths give life to the dreary body-...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Surrounded by Chicago leaders, community organizers and regional law enforcers, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said bringing together young people, youth workers and police leaders for an open and candid conversation is the first step toward...
| Nov 17, 2014
| 4:13 AM
After a man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested in connection with a string of North Side burglaries this month, police are asking for help to identify his alleged victims.
Daunta Head, of the 5300 block of South Indiana Avenue, was arrested...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 4:06 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel brought in Attorney General Eric Holder Wednesday to help make the case that Chicago Public Schools students were safer during the recent academic year than they were before Emanuel made the controversial decision to close dozens of...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:16 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday sought to pivot away from questions about how his top aides worked with producers to coordinate scenes for CNN’s “Chicagoland” documentary.
The mayor said he still hasn’t watched the series. He...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 5:46 PM
You will be stunned to learn, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel says in this week's fifth episode (of eight) of CNN's series "Chicagoland," that "The Second City is now known as the Startup City." That pronouncement — news to me — comes as he is talking...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Hot time, summer in the city, and the third episode of "Chicagoland" is filled with fireworks of all sorts.
For those of you who like and admire our mayor, this episode is a feast of favorable scenes. For those who do not like and admire the mayor, this...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:03 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a highly visible evening Thursday, first talking big city politics with three other mayors and then appearing in living rooms across the country as the face of a new CNN documentary about Chicago.
At a University of Chicago forum,...
| Feb 14, 2014
This is no way to go: "Broke, alcoholic and dead from a massive heart attack at just fifty-five." But that was how life ended for Eliot Ness in 1957.
But how very well the subsequent years treated him, allowing him to come to vivid and heroic life,...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:04 AM
When I think of General George Armstrong Custer, which admittedly I rarely do, I think Errol Flynn.
Lou Gehrig? Why that would be Gary Cooper's face that comes to mind.
Abe Lincoln? Daniel Day-Lewis.
Mary Todd Lincoln? Sally Field.
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Famous as he is in other city neighborhoods, suburbs and countries across the globe, Billy Corgan was just another tall, bald, white guy wearing a Bears jersey (No. 1), standing against the gymnasium wall at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the Far...