| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:21 AM
The anniversary of one of the most significant moments in our history slipped by last, week, largely overlooked by those of us preoccupied with a worrisome future.
It was on Nov. 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg battlefield cemetery, that...
| Dec 1, 2014
| 11:03 AM
AVON — A two-person performance the explores the relationship between President Abraham Lincoln and his top general during the Civil War will be on Dec. 13, the Avon Historical Society has announced.
"Audience with President Abraham Lincoln and...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 6:54 PM
Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation provides the foundational precedent for President Obama's executive order on immigrants in the country illegally.
Before Lincoln issued his pronouncement in September 1862, congressional majorities had...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 9:15 AM
In a Jan. 4 op-ed entitled "Embracing civil liberties," Ben Jealous implores the Republican Party to restore itself to a "sincere civil rights advocacy" that dates all the way back to Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Jealous does not distinguish myth from history....
| Dec 23, 2014
| 8:50 AM
It’s one thing to memorize the names of all 50 capitals across the United States. It’s quite another to visit all of the capitol buildings in those cities — a feat that Mickey Straub accomplished two years ago during a whirlwind 44-day...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 5:05 AM
Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner heads to Springfield on Sunday to start his inaugural festivities, a series of events largely paid for by pro-business interests.
The Republican campaigned on a theme of shaking up Springfield and railed against the entrenched...
| Dec 26, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Lyndon B. Johnson loved to drink and drive (and at a high rate of speed) in his Lincoln Continental.
Richard Nixon was known to drunk-dial major political figures late at night from the White House.
And Franklin D. Roosevelt, while president, once hid...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 3:00 AM
The actor from Cleveland skimmed San Pedro in a banged-up Kia. He drove down a ragged street past a tattoo parlor and a sign for the Hotel Cabrillo. A few dicey-looking characters walked by with big dogs on chains. Robert McHalffey turned right and,...
| Jul 11, 2014
Chicago-area authors continue to tell us about their favorite characters from childhood books as a preview to this year's Children's Read & Write Program, which invites children to submit book reviews for possible publication. Here's what they said....
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:01 PM
California wine received a rare honor when the Smithsonian Institution chose the two bottles that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 as part of the museum’s online exhibit “101 Objects That Made America.”
The two bottles are, of...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 7:11 PM
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect Jan. 1, 1863, the document didn't apply to Maryland.
That's because Lincoln "did not want to turn off or anger those border states with slaves that had remained...