| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:45 AM
The first place Emmy Rossum had dinner while in Chicago this week to film exterior scenes for the upcoming season Showtime’s “Shameless” was Sunda. Rossum dined at Sunda on Sunday and then plugged the Asian restaurant on Twitter, as...
| Nov 13, 2013
Wise men and women know that tallest building titles, like glory and Cubs winning streaks, are fleeting. Someone can always build a taller tower. Mix the foibles of the human ego with ever-advancing building technologies and new experiments in...
| Nov 10, 2013
Can Paul Vallas possibly play second banana?
Though I know Vallas well, even I can't answer that one. And I doubt Gov. Pat Quinn knows either. When I interview both men this week, I'll ask them.
Whether Vallas can rein in his personality is a...
| Nov 11, 2013
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker returned to Chicago for her first official visit last week, during which I interviewed her at a World Business Chicago event. Pritzker, a billionaire member of one of Chicago's wealthiest families, has a business...
| Nov 8, 2013
When it comes to the antics of mayors, why does Toronto have all the fun and Chicago is left in the dust?
Not only is Toronto Mayor Rob Ford a confessed crack smoker, he's now on a newly released video saying he wants to tear out a man's throat and...
| Nov 7, 2013
For years, and much to the anger of Obamaites and media Hopium smokers, I've engaged in a corrosive and cynical exercise:
Comparing and contrasting Chicago politicians and Chicago gangsters, the Chicago Way.
But today I'd like to publicly apologize...
| Nov 6, 2013
When Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie browbeat Archer Daniels Midland at a public hearing a few weeks ago, comparing the global ag giant's bid to secure state tax credits to blackmail, it was a clarion call for change. But don't get the...
| Aug 23, 2012
The inexplicable months of delay between Brian Urlacher's left knee injury and an arthroscopic procedure to reduce pain and swelling a little more than a week ago is pretty difficult to understand.
Why would the Bears and Urlacher gamble waiting for...
| Nov 3, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank is anything but an apologist for the financial sector. So when he questions even one facet of the proposed penalties for JPMorgan Chase connected to allegations related to the low quality of mortgage-backed securities peddled...
| Oct 31, 2013
Of all the horrors this Halloween, the one Rubi Roman feared most was that branches dangling precariously from the tree in front of her Albany Park neighborhood house would crash down on a passer-by.
On Dec. 14, 2011, Roman said, she called the city and...
| Oct 29, 2013
I've got a surefire way to lift Illinois out of its near-broke wretchedness.
It will enable all public employees to live like kings, on the payroll and in retirement. Illinois' bondholders will be paid. So, too, will the doctors, hospitals and social...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 1:11 PM
A Chicago alderman has come up with a great idea that every taxpayer — except the Little Bike People — will love:
A $25 city registration fee for adults riding bikes in Chicago.
It's a great idea, but it doesn't go far enough.