| Oct 4, 2014
| 8:44 PM
Exactly 35 years ago this weekend, Pope John Paul II came to Chicago, celebrated an open-air Mass in Grant Park before the largest crowd gathered in city history and won over the hearts of the area's Catholics and not a few of the non-Catholics.
| Oct 4, 2014
| 8:53 PM
Elaine Soloway is not Shelly Pfefferman.
Amazon's new TV series "Transparent," praised by some critics as the best new show of the fall season, is not the story of her family.
Soloway can't say that strongly enough. It's fiction.
And yet the other...
| Sep 27, 2014
| 7:08 AM
In November 1993, the Tribune’s Sunday Magazine published an interview with Sue Gin in her own words, as told to freelance journalist Mel Novit. Gin died Friday at 73, leaving behind her legacy of inspiration and perseverance.
I was a passenger on...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 5:03 AM
Hand-written index cards reflecting patronage hiring at Metra dating back 30 years contain recommendations from dozens of politicians—a virtual who’s who of clout ranging from Chicago aldermen to state legislators and even a well-respected...
| Jul 31, 2014
Her mark on Chicago is here. Just not in writing. Yet.
Her mark is visible most conspicuously on snowy days when city officials stand before television cameras with sweaty brows answering questions about crews and salt and overtime. It is visible up and...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:05 PM
I spoke to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis after she landed in Hawaii on Tuesday afternoon, just after Rahm Emanuel became the happiest mayor in Chicago.
The news that made the Rahmfather smile? Not Lewis being thousands of miles away in...
| Jul 20, 2014
Jane O'Connor Kerr was a leader in the fine arts and cultural communities in Chicago as well as statewide for decades.
Mrs. Kerr, whose first husband was legendary Chicago broadcast newsman Len O'Connor, was appointed by Gov. Richard Ogilvie to serve on...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 1:33 PM
A series of possible tributes to former Mayor Jane Byrne were introduced at the City Council Wednesday.
Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, proposed naming the international terminal at O'Hare International Airport, the grand ballroom at Navy Pier or the plaza...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 11:38 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn has now perpetrated the ultimate Democratic stunt. No, he is not moving into Cabrini Green like former Gov. Jane Byrne did all those years ago. Instead, the governor who says that he has created thousands of jobs and trimmed the budget --...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 11:39 AM
Former Mayor Jane Byrne gets an interchange named after her, and Maggie Daley gets a 20-acre park. Hmmm.
-- Elaine Galvin, Frankfort
| Aug 28, 2014
| 9:17 AM
When the Chicago Daily News went out of business in March 1978 and some of its staff merged with its sister paper the Sun-Times, I walked out of that building with three others who no longer had newspaper jobs, and one of them was named Bill Granger....