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  • Dillard gains backing from state's two major teachers' unions

    Dillard gains backing from state's two major teachers' unions
    The Illinois Federation of Teachers endorsed Republican governor candidate Kirk Dillard on Sunday, giving the state senator from Hinsdale the backing of the state's two major — and politically active — teachers unions. The move by the IFT,...
  • Rutherford's governor run years in the making

     Rutherford's governor run years in the making
    Standing amid a few dozen supporters inside an Italian restaurant in Downers Grove on a recent Thursday night, Dan Rutherford drew an analogy to explain the setbacks in his bid for governor. "Do you all know what a manatee is?" asked Rutherford, an avid...
  • Kirk Dillard reloads, laments what might have been

    Kirk Dillard reloads, laments what might have been
    As Kirk Dillard travels the state campaigning for the Republican governor nomination, he laments the razor-thin defeat in his last primary election fight, offering audiences the message of a politician who could have been a contender if only he'd...
  • Kwame again?

     
    Natasha Korecki at Brand X reports: Would (State Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago) run as Gov. Pat Quinn’s lieutenant governor? The answer is basically yes.... Raoul said he would consider the job with a major caveat — that it would......
  • Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in 'Los Angeles in the 1930s'

    Paperback Writers: Sunlight and shadow in  'Los Angeles in the 1930s'
    Created by FDR in 1935, in the depths of the Great Depression, the Federal Writers' Project (a small part of the wider Works Progress Administration) was a make-work agency that gave jobs to about 6,500 writers, editors and researchers before closing shop...
  • Jo Nesbo could be poised for a breakthrough

    Jo Nesbo could be poised for a breakthrough
    His friends knew he had a way with words. So when some filmmakers acquainted with Jo Nesbo asked the Norwegian crime writer to suggest a title for their upcoming horror movie, he tried to oblige. After musing on the story — friends go on a...
  • Chicago taxpayers helped pay for work at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field

    Chicago taxpayers helped pay for work at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field
    After hotel tax figures came in this year, the city of Chicago for the first time had to pitch in extra money to help pay off renovations and maintenance to Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. When the stadium’s owner, the...
  • DC Design House shows its potential

    DC Design House shows its potential
    Even in today's real estate market, you pay a premium for houses that don't need at least a little bit of fixing up. Houses with "potential" can often be had at bargain prices. For an excellent example of what the right vision can bring to such a house,...
  • TNT/TBS 2011-12 TV schedule: 'The Closer' spin-off in works

    TNT/TBS 2011-12 TV schedule: 'The Closer' spin-off in works
    With the final season of "The Closer" approaching TNT announced Wednesday that it will launch a spin-off called "Major Crimes" starring Mary McDonnell as Capt. Raydor, who was often butting heads with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra...
  • Mayor: Don't use taxpayers as 'ATM machine' to cover costs at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field

    Mayor: Don't use taxpayers as 'ATM machine' to cover costs at U.S. Cellular Field, Soldier Field
    It turns out that Chicago taxpayers may not be on the hook for more than $1 million for renovations at Soldier Field and U.S. Cellular Field. The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority said Thursday that the shortfall in hotel tax revenue it used to make...
  • Lura Lynn Ryan hospitalized in 'grave' condition

    Lura Lynn Ryan hospitalized in 'grave' condition
    The wife of imprisoned former Governor George Ryan has been in the hospital since Friday and is in "grave" condition, according to Ryan's lawyer. Lura Lynn Ryan, who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, is in Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee...