| Dec 11, 2014
| 3:18 PM
Buildings going up in flames. Militarized police forces. Demonstrators disrupting routines of city life.
These images aren't from news coverage of fallout from controversial police actions in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island. They form a record of...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 9:26 AM
What to give that binge-watcher on your holiday list? Gifts of Blu-ray or DVDs will help fans catch up on the most-buzzed-about television programs these days. Consider:
•"The Roosevelts: An Intimate History" is one of Ken Burns' best. The 14-...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 4:03 PM
I first met then-Gov. Abraham Ribicoff in the summer of 1958 when he was running for re-election and I, a 26-year-old, was working for John Bailey, the Democratic state chairman.
To say I "met" Ribicoff is a considerable exaggeration. Bailey told me...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 4:25 AM
Until Jane Byrne managed the feat 35 snowy winters ago, nobody -- reformers or liberals, dissidents or Democratic Party dropouts -- had been able to loosen the famed Chicago machine's iron grip on City Hall.
So going into the 1979 mayoral election,...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 1:36 PM
A few years back, the transcript of an early story meeting between the creators of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" surfaced on the Internet. In it, screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and director Steven Spielberg sit down with executive producer George Lucas, who...
| Nov 1, 2014
As political theater, the 2014 Illinois gubernatorial race between Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn is a natural. Pitting a hard-charging businessman against a streetwise incumbent, it evokes a wrestling card: "Daddy Warbucks vs. The Common Man." But this...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:52 PM
So let's start with this little mathematical nugget: 1968 was almost half a century ago.
I make that point to underscore that the year, monumental in American culture, is not recent history. It's much smaller in the rearview mirror than it may feel to...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Sheldon Patinkin, a crucial figure in the development of improvisational comedy in Chicago and a mentor to generations of American and Canadian comedians, as well as aspiring theatrical directors and other theater artists, died Sunday at the age of 79,...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 7:01 PM
Hundreds of people crowded Daley Plaza on Thursday night for a rally against police brutality as repercussions of violence in Ferguson, Mo., hit Chicago following the shooting death of Michael Brown.
"I'm so mad right now I can't even speak. This...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 6:50 PM
Did riots break out in Ferguson, Mo., because the police overdressed?
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon seemed to think so and he may be right. During four nights of rioting, the governor told a room full of reporters, the suburban St. Louis town "looked a little...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Los Angeles County leaders once thought the world of Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
In a gilt-edged 1992 proclamation that still hangs behind Weinstein's desk, officials declared him "a dynamic and inspirational leader"...