| Mar 19, 2014
| 4:33 PM
Democrats and Republicans woke up the day after the Illinois primary election to each put on a unified front, and the very places they chose to break bread illustrated the theme of the eight-month campaign that lies ahead.
Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 8:59 PM
Despite Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin's effort to cast himself as a "mere mortal" facing a "multimillionaire" challenger in Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, the lopsided nature of the race for U.S. Senate was evident Wednesday.
Durbin, who faced no...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:42 AM
The formal arrival of Theaster Gates took place on the final day of January in the large and art-filled main dining room on the second floor of the Union League Club, where he was honored as a Distinguished Artist.
The club crowd was the largest in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Mary Hutchings Reed had three Ivy League degrees, launched her legal career in 1976 and became a partner in one of Chicago's best-known law firms, Winston & Strawn. She specialized in marketing, advertising, trademark, publishing, copyrights and...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 11:58 AM
As the list of candidates wanting to be the next governor of Illinois grows, Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she is still making up her mind about whether to enter the race.
The decision is one that will have a ripple effect on the next election...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 11:33 AM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today declined to directly challenge Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's recent criticisms of his crime-fighting and public schools strategies, instead talking about the passion they share for education and safe streets....
| Dec 10, 2012
| 1:56 PM
A top state lawmaker and the head of the Chicago Public schools on Monday vowed to support a high-level task force aimed at combating the crisis in K-8 grade absenteeism and truancy exposed by a recent Tribune series.
Speaking at a drop-out prevention...
| Dec 11, 2012
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett vowed Monday to move forcefully to address the city's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, declaring: "We must work to shut down the dropout pipeline."
She said that "while the district has not fully...
| Nov 15, 2012
The annual release of Beaujolais nouveau, the light and fruity red made from the gamay grape, is a triumph of marketing and tradition. The wine itself, young, fresh and easy to drink, is no big deal (though it pairs nicely with roast turkey), but...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 8:40 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday quickly backed off a public barb she tossed at Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his crime-fighting strategy, marking the second time in a little more than three months she has toned down off-the-cuff remarks....