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  • Jazz roaring ahead for the New Year

    Jazz roaring ahead for the New Year
    The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights:
  • The gentle art of trumpeter Bobby Lewis

    The gentle art of trumpeter Bobby Lewis
    Each January, the Jazz Showcase turns its spotlight toward Chicago artists, enabling the club to bypass costlier touring attractions at a time of year when audiences typically are small. That's a boon not only to the city's musicians but to listeners,...

    Birkett: Death penalty all fixed

    Joe Birkett interrupted me with a scornful, dismissive, "Oh, come on!" Not bad! We were more than 90 minutes into an extraordinary debriefing session with the often prickly DuPage County state's attorney Wednesday morning, and this was the first and...

    Birkett: If it had been up to me, DuPage County would not have put Rolando Cruz on trial

    In an extraordinary, two-hour interview with a handful of reporters and commentators -- including some who have been highly critical of his office -- Du Page County State's Attorney Joe Birkett said Wednesday morning that, in his opinion, charges never...

    Quinn, Kirk should raise a glass to good fortune

    Sen.-elect Mark Kirk bought a beer Wednesday evening for his vanquished opponent, state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias. But before Kirk leaves for Washington, he should also be sure to send a case of the finest spirits to the man who gave...