| Sep 22, 2011
| 2:37 PM
With at least two lawmakers expressing a need to change laws that give union leaders pension perks from Chicago funds, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declined to talk about such specific reforms today.
The mayor tried to reframe the issue as a broader one...
| Sep 25, 2011
Hessie Abraham Davidson, former chairman of the Davidson Transfer & Storage Co., who counted among his many interesting and challenging moving jobs overseeing the moving of the U.S. Constitution, died Sept. 18 of complications from a stroke at Springhouse...
| Sep 23, 2011
| 9:45 AM
Filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns visited the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board earlier this week to talk about their upcoming film on the Prohibition.
It was, the point out, the only amendment to the Constitution that limits personal rights, and the...
| Sep 27, 2011
| 4:33 PM
Antonio Martinez — aka Muhammad Hussein — was pretty sure he was being set up. A car bomb had been handed to him, and two volunteers he barely knew were suddenly on board with a jihadist plot to murder military personnel in Catonsville.
| Sep 28, 2011
| 1:23 PM
When one of Charles Dickens' characters said, "The law is an ass," he could easily have been referring to the recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision that makes it practically impossible for the state to prosecute legislators for taking bribes —...
| Oct 3, 2011
Indiana's attorney general said he will not be the one to pick a fight over the rights of a Chicago woman whose same-sex partner was killed in the collapse of a stage at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. But legal experts say lawsuits filed in the case are...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 1:58 PM
No city became as heated, violent and infamous in its rebellion against the decade-long social experiment known as Prohibition than Chicago.
Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explore the city's special role in the debate over the 18th Amendment to...
| Oct 1, 2011
| 10:24 PM
There is little doubt that 10 members of the so-called Irvine 11 broke the law when they plotted to and then disrupted a speech at UC Irvine by Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.
Prosecutors and Constitutional law experts pointed...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 10:18 AM
An independent arbitrator has ordered Gov. Pat Quinn to halt plans to lay off 1,600 workers and close seven state facilities, saying Quinn’s moves directly violate an agreement he made with the state’s largest employee union to not hand out...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 4:00 AM
Some in our government are claiming that U.S.-born anti-American Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in self defense by a C.I.A.-operated drone; they expect us to buy the nonsense that America, a huge and powerful nation was so terrified of this...
| Oct 5, 2011
| 3:47 PM
The Supreme Court has embarked on a new term that is widely predicted to be one of its most momentous in many years. But we should not quickly forget one very important First Amendment case decided by the court during its last term — one that may...