| Apr 11, 2013
| 10:51 AM
A Chicago man accused in a fumbling, cloak-and-dagger plot to build a pipe bomb during last spring’s NATO summit pleaded guilty today and was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
Judge Kenneth Wadas handed down the sentence for Mark Neiweem, 28, who...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 4:07 PM
President Obama, Tuesday night in the East Room: "Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong. But when, with modest effort and risk, we can stop children from being gassed to death, and thereby make our own...
| 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.
| 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....
| 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...
| May 17, 2012
| 9:32 PM
May I have your attention? That question is implied at the top of every column I write and at the beginning of every blog entry I post, as is the answer from those who read past the headlines: Yes. For......
| May 20, 2012
| 4:40 PM
As he prepared to open the NATO summit Sunday in Chicago, President Obama said Afghanistan is on track to achieving a “transformation decade” of peace and stability as U.S. and other combat forces begin to withdraw and as Afghan security...