| Feb 19, 2015
| 5:42 PM
Residents fighting to preserve the Pullman neighborhood cheered President Barack Obama in Chicago on Thursday as he designated the factory district a national monument after an announcement of nearly $8 million in local donations to support site projects....
| Feb 19, 2015
| 4:57 AM
President Barack Obama, during a visit to Chicago on Thursday, will announce that all fourth-graders and their families will get free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full year.
Called "Every Kid in a Park," the White House said...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 10:48 AM
A habit the Elmhurst Park District has of updating an aging playground in one of its parks every year might have to be modified if a $400,000 state grant doesn't come through.
A review of discretionary spending by Gov. Bruce Rauner means the matching...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 5:55 PM
On Jan. 3, in the twilight of his term, then-Gov. Pat Quinn announced that $26 million in state grants would be awarded to 75 local park projects across the state.
The grants included $400,000 to renovate a Lake County aquatic facility, another $400,000...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 3:55 AM
It's a BOGO!
This long weekend we're celebrating two holidays with Valentine's Day on Saturday and Presidents Day on Monday.
For a change, I'm suggesting we forgo shopping and sales and get out and enjoy some free fun in the South Florida sun.
| Feb 11, 2015
| 9:17 PM
Millions of visitors from around the world have admired the surf from the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. The twinkling lights that stretch by night from Point Dume to Palos Verdes have earned a dreamy moniker: the Queen's Necklace.
On Thursday, the...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 7:40 PM
A congressional subcommittee on Tuesday ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for issuing commercial leases on its sprawling West Los Angeles campus while thousands of homeless veterans slept in the streets.
"It's an atrocity," said Rep....
| Feb 2, 2015
| 3:24 PM
Big snowfalls bring out the best in us.
As the flakes fall and the wind whips mounds into drifts, we rally.
Those of us who can, shovel off our own sidewalks and maybe go a house or two up and down the street.
Snowblower heroes carve pathways down...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 10:35 PM
The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday denied a Spanish company's application to build a controversial renewable energy facility in the Mojave Desert's remote Silurian Valley, deciding the sprawling project “would not be in the public interest.&...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 2:30 AM
The memory of the February 2011 blizzard -- a monster dubbed "Snowpocalypse" that came complete with "thunder" snow -- remains fresh in meteorologist Mark Ratzer's mind.
A senior weather forecaster at the National Weather Service's Chicago/Romeoville...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 9:10 AM
HARRISBURG — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order Thursday banning new drilling leases on public land, ending a short-lived effort by his Republican predecessor to expand the extraction of natural gas from rock...