| Dec 2, 2013
| 7:12 PM
Anjanette Albert doesn’t walk on the stretch of 111th Street where her son was murdered on his way home from Fenger Academy High School in 2009.
It’s just too hard.
Four years have passed since 16-year-old sophomore Derrion Albert was...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I felt the music and the fire as the civil rights movement rose from its slumber.
"Repair . . . justice!" went the call and response last week, in the basement of an old Chicago church at the corner of Ashland and Washington. "Restore . . . life! Rebuild...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 1:42 PM
Alex Kotlowitz, a professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and resident of Oak Park, won an Emmy on Tuesday for his documentary “The Interrupters.”
The film follows three individuals with CeaseFire Illinois,...
| Mar 28, 2013
The other day at lunch, two Chicago police detectives, Bill Sullivan and Michele Moore-Grose, were talking with me about the murder cases they've been working and the young people shot dead.
They brought up a movie to explain what they see in Chicago....
| Feb 7, 2013
| 2:30 AM
A child is murdered and we thrash about once more in the spectacle of tragedy.
"With outrage over Hadiya Pendleton's slaying spreading from City Hall to the White House," the Chicago Tribune reported last week, "the 15-year-old became a symbol...
| Feb 13, 2013
Baron Banks wasn't in Washington to witness President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
"No," he told me. "Nobody gave me a call."
So he wasn't in the first lady's box as the president somberly acknowledged the families that lost...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
You're young and prone to trouble. You get triggered quickly. Someone tells you that you've messed up and you're about to lash back. Then, instead, you think:
1. Look at the other person.
2. Say, "OK."
3. Stay calm.
This is what you do. And nothing...
| May 10, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's getting his own reality show. OK, that's not exactly true, but apparently Rahmbo's trips to Hollywood have been paying off in bigger ways than with gifts and campaign contributions. He's about to get a publicity boost, too: CNN has...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 8:31 AM
Want to own a piece of Eliot Ness?
A collection of credentials and memorabilia belonging to the "Untouchable" is being auctioned off this fall. It includes Ness' Department of Justice credentials dated May 14, 1932 and his Treasury Department of...
| Sep 22, 2012
| 9:16 PM
An 18-year-old man who friends said was walking a few blocks home after leaving a party because an argument broke out did not make it to his front door on the Far South Side Saturday morning.
He was shot about to death about 2 a.m. less than half-a-...