| Mar 27, 2013
| 1:25 PM
A Cook County judge presiding over a criminal case stemming from last year’s NATO summit in Chicago ruled today that the state's terrorism law is constitutional.
Judge Thaddeus Wilson said the legislature enacted the anti-terrorism statute in the...
| Mar 28, 2013
The other day at lunch, two Chicago police detectives, Bill Sullivan and Michele Moore-Grose, were talking with me about the murder cases they've been working and the young people shot dead.
They brought up a movie to explain what they see in Chicago....
| Mar 17, 2013
Calling someone a "perfect homicide victim" sounds terribly callous. But it explains the political/media liturgy that we all know so well.
By a perfect victim, I mean one who is innocent, photogenic and never arrested, with a bright future.
| Feb 13, 2013
Baron Banks wasn't in Washington to witness President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
"No," he told me. "Nobody gave me a call."
So he wasn't in the first lady's box as the president somberly acknowledged the families that lost...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 10:07 AM
WASHINGTON -- South Dakota bison will be on the menu when congressional leaders entertain President Barack Obama and his family at a post-inaugural luncheon on Jan. 21.
They will be served a farm-to-table menu celebrating the inaugural theme, "Faith in...
| Jan 24, 2013
The city of Chicago last week bought the 2.7-mile-long elevated Canadian Pacific Railway spur known as the Bloomingdale Trail.
The sales price was $1, not including administrative fees.
By the time the spur's makeover into a bike and running path is...
| May 17, 2013
| 11:51 AM
Each and every year in Chicago, there is a moment when the problems of the city seem to fall away and everything seems doable and winnable again. It is a moment inextricably tied to the weather. Spring always comes later than even the worst-case scenario....
| Dec 30, 2012
One year ago, I didn't predict that a book about predictions, "The Signal and the Noise," would be one of the top-selling nonfiction titles of 2012 or that its author, former Chicagoan Nate Silver, would become a cultural icon whose name is synonymous...
| May 14, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Circus performers and Shakespearean actors helped Mayor Rahm Emanuel announce Tuesday that the city is doubling the number of performances and cultural events at its parks this summer.
Amid lush greenery and newly bloomed flowers at Garfield Park...
| May 17, 2013
| 7:29 AM
A push to bring more arts instruction to Chicago Public Schools got a boost Wednesday when Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an additional $500,000 in funding for the CPS Arts Education Plan for the coming school year.
The new money brings total funding...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 2:07 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has proposed a $3.8 trillion budget for fiscal 2014 that aims to slash the deficit by $1.8 trillion over 10 years, raise taxes on the wealthy and trim popular benefit programs including Social Security and...