| 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.
| Dec 16, 2013
The living room in Anjanette Albert's modest Bronzeville apartment is festive. A silver spruce is dressed in ornaments. Christmas stockings hang from the mantel of a mock fireplace. And Albert's dog, a white bichon-poodle mix named Cookie Monster, plays...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 6:53 PM
Shortly after watching a jury convict the final defendant Wednesday in the videotaped beating death of her son outside Fenger High School, Anjanette Albert was asked whether the grieving process might get easier with the trials now behind her.
| Jul 20, 2011
| 3:47 PM
At 88, Arthur Bridgeford enjoys spending summer days on the front porch of his longtime Englewood home.
"I get some fresh air and look at the girls pass by," Bridgeford said with a laugh Wednesday.
But Tuesday the pastime almost cost him his life. A...
| Aug 29, 2011
| 11:43 AM
A Cook County judge today sentenced a man to 32 years in prison in the 2009 videotaped beating death of Fenger High School sophomore Derrion Albert, marking a legal end to the case that made worldwide news after the brutal video went viral on the...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 8:44 PM
Patricia Thurmond-Jones opened her front door Saturday morning and saw more than a dozen teenage boys beating her son and grandson, bringing back memories of her daughter's violent death four years ago, she said Tuesday.
"I already lost one daughter to...
| Oct 12, 2011
| 4:46 PM
The head varsity football coach at Fenger High School was charged last week with misdemeanor simple assault for allegedly threatening a student who was accused by one of the coach’s players of stealing a pair of Nike flip flops, Chicago police...