| Aug 19, 2014
| 3:37 PM
After years of resistance, Major League Baseball decided last winter to expand the use of video replays on disputed calls. Important matters like games and championships can turn on whether umpires get it right. So why haven't police throughout the...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 7:26 PM
Police in Ferguson, Mo., got new equipment recently. No, not an M1 Abrams tank — body cameras that record interactions with citizens.
Good idea. Had Officer Darren Wilson been wearing one when he encountered 18-year-old Michael Brown, Ferguson...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:53 AM
A Chicago attorney who has long crusaded against patronage is asking a federal judge to investigate hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, alleging the Democratic governor has continued to stack the Illinois Department of Transportation with political hires....
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:23 AM
The FBI conducted a 22-month investigation of former Metra Executive Director Phil Pagano, concluding that he did not embezzle any money other than the $475,000 he was accused of taking from Metra, newly released records show.
The documents shed light...
| Jan 20, 2014
A weekly listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. " The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) is designed to detect early signs of...
| Jan 18, 2014
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Feb 23, 2013
A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Editorial Roundtable chicagotribune.com: Tribune deputy editorial page editor John McCormick and editorial board member...
| Mar 14, 2013
Former Chicago journalist Chris Hayes is continuing his meteoric rise in the TV pundit world. Today he was named the host of MSNBC's nightly 7-8 p.m. (central time) shift being vacated by Ed Schultz. Hayes, 34, is now the host......
| Feb 20, 2011
Chicagoans will vote for a new mayor and aldermen Tuesday. Other than the mayoral front-runner being kicked off the ballot temporarily and another candidate accusing an opponent of smoking crack, it's been a rather calm campaign. In Chicago history,...
| May 1, 2012
| 7:25 PM
The 16,000 residents of south suburban Country Club Hills are struggling through this economy just like you are. Taxes are up, homes are for sale, some are in foreclosure. Yet a joint investigation by WGN-TV and the Better Government Association found the...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 8:54 AM
The news came as a surprise.
After 19 years on the Cook County Board of Ethics, the Chairman John Pikarski resigned just one day after WGN-TV, Chicago Magazine, and the Better Government Association raised questions about his own ethics. For nearly...