| May 27, 2014
| 3:58 PM
Making music was Irene Alexander's inspiration as well as lifeline. It allowed her to forge ahead, say friends and family, through a string of misfortunes that would have felled an ordinary mortal.
In 2005, the Chicago pianist and piano teacher...
| May 29, 2014
| 8:51 PM
The Cubs are the worst team in the majors and haven't scored a run in 20 innings but Wednesday's low point of the season had little to do with baseball.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel embarrassed the Cubs behind the microphone as badly as any pitcher has on the...
| Apr 25, 2014
Karen Lewis, the feisty boss of the Chicago Teachers Union, has a special hope for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
"Hopefully retired soon. I just think the mayor — I don't understand him. I just really don't," said Lewis.
Lewis made her remarks as a...
| Apr 27, 2014
Looking at how CNN blew its own toes off by foolishly playing with a loaded Rahm Emanuel in Chicago, I was reminded about what really drives me crazy about national TV news.
The "talent" — that's what TV calls its reporters — is driven...
| Apr 7, 2012
In 1938, after voters recalled L.A.'s crooked mayor, Frank Shaw, it's said that someone planted a sign on the City Hall lawn: "Under new management." The new ownership of the Dodgers needs no sign. The purchase, by a Chicago financial service company at a...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Nice tan, Mr. Mayor!
You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold.
But Rahm Emanuel wasn't...
| Oct 6, 2013
Just as I was thinking about getting a great, thick, juicy burger — but one without any condiments that mock the sacred Christian sacrament of Holy Communion — a truly weird thing happened:
A fried chicken sandwich came to mind.
| Oct 11, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The news that 72 Dominick's supermarkets are going out of business in the Chicago area is, to some, purely a business story. But this one is about more than spreadsheets and accounting programs.
I grew up in the grocery business. I've seen the promise...
| Jan 20, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Since my knee replacement surgery less than two weeks ago, I've been popping narcotic painkillers that come with long lists of potential side effects.
Among them are vomiting, hallucinating and impaired thinking.
It is perhaps that third one that made...
| Aug 16, 2012
| 7:17 AM
You don't have to look very hard in Plano to find traces of the Superman reboot that filmed in the western suburb last summer. Plano, which doubled as the fictional town of Smallville in the upcoming “Man of Steel,” has yet to take down the...
| May 18, 2012
| 7:34 PM
The 30-year-old suburban Chicago husband being sought in the stabbing death of his new bride told an associate he was heading to Mexico, where his parents live, according to an FBI affidavit released Friday.
Charged with first-degree murder, Arnoldo...