| Dec 30, 2014
| 3:20 PM
Here's the news the rest of the media won't give you about 2015.
Actually, they're predictions. Or they're jokes.
Frankly, there isn't much difference most of the time, unless the person doing the predicting is named Tom Skilling. Otherwise, Jay...
| Mar 16, 2015
| 9:27 PM
I couldn't turn down a chance to interview poet Nikki Giovanni, who was in town to address a writers' conference last weekend.
In the '70s, when I was in college, she was considered the poet laureate of black America. Now she's a professor at Virginia...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:42 AM
We often think of cabaret as a fragile art form, its emphasis on hyper-literate songwriting and jazz-tinged musicianship scuttling this music to the margins of American culture.
But when you witness a small army of singers and instrumentalists...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 3:57 PM
Rookie Devyn Marble is living a dream and a nightmare all at once.
He's wearing an NBA jersey for the Magic, an opportunity the second-rounder solidified with his play in summer league.
He scored 13 points in his preseason debut Tuesday night, eight...
| Oct 6, 2012
| 4:34 PM
On the morning of July 10, attorney Jerald Gale was reading an e-mail in his office on the 20th floor of a Koreatown high-rise. That's the last thing the 58-year-old husband, father and avid cyclist remembers before losing consciousness.
| Nov 2, 2012
| 8:21 AM
Lee DeWyze was hesitant about having future wife Jonna Walsh walk down the aisle in July to the song he wrote specifically for her. The Mount Prospect native and former “American Idol” winner was worried guests would see it as cheesy. But...
| May 15, 2013
If you've got your health, the cliche goes, you've got just about everything. If you've got public health duties, you're responsible for just about everything from mosquitoes (West Nile carriers) to hygiene (wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 5:26 PM
There is perhaps no better metaphor for the painful relationship between patients and our for-profit healthcare system than the fact that Anthem Blue Cross thinks you don't need anesthesia for a colonoscopy.
It's not "medically necessary," the insurer...
| Jul 28, 2013
| 8:03 AM
At the end of 2011, a poster featuring a group of square-jawed characters in dark suits, legs slightly apart, started appearing in bus shelters around Chicago. The men — the group was all white men — looked like they might have gathered for...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Nov 22, 2013
| 1:05 PM
John Prine says he has lung cancer and will have an operation next month. Doctors “see no reason why I won’t fully recover,” the singer-songwriter said on his web site.
Prine, who grew up in suburban Maywood and rose to fame on the...