| Feb 11, 2012
TRAER, Iowa — It all began with a trip to the Brookfield Zoo. As she was getting ready to leave, Ruth Rasmussen eyed a salt and pepper shaker set, shaped like coffeepots, but with a bear and the zoo's name embossed on the front.
"I just picked it...
| May 18, 2011
| 6:34 PM
As authorities expressed increasing concern about a missing 6-year-old Aurora boy and shifted their search to the Rock Falls area, his father remained optimistic Wednesday that his son would be found safe.
“Timothy is a very intelligent young man,&...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 7:55 AM
For Timmothy Pitzen's 7th birthday a few weeks ago, his grandmother and dad planted a 7-year-old blue spruce in the grandmother's backyard in Antioch.
"I bought him a birthday card and cut out pictures of the things I would have bought for him," Alana...
| Jun 27, 2012
JoJo, an enormous silverback gorilla who recently moved into Brookfield Zoo, had brunch Tuesday with his new female friends Binti Jua and Koola atop a miniature mountain at his new home. But it wasn't their first date.
As part of a breeding program, 32-...
| Mar 14, 2012
Two years ago, Matt Hendon realized his back was bleeding from a mole that had gone undetected because it blended in with a tattoo he has. The spot, sadly, turned out to be a cancerous growth.
"(The cancer) had already spread to other areas of my body,"...
| Oct 14, 2011
Covering only 2.62 square miles, Western Springs is small in size but has many things commuters want from a bedroom community. Streets canopied by old trees. A busy downtown within walking distance of every house. A diverse housing stock. Plenty of...
| Jul 22, 2011
Note to movie location scouts: La Grange Park offers the perennially Normal Rockwell-ish streetscapes you want for movies set in the 20th century.
Its dog-walking, baseball-playing, flag-waving residents would make congenial extras as they come and go...
| Jan 21, 2011
| 4:34 PM
The birth of a big litter of African wild dog puppies at Illinois' Brookfield Zoo late last year is great news for their endangered species. The litter, born to 6-year-old mother Kim and 4-year-old father Digger on Thanksgiving, contains a......
| Apr 5, 2011
| 9:35 PM
A pack of seven African wild dogs who recently moved from a zoo in Sweden are already settling into their new habitat -- a specially designed enclosure intended to mimic the conditions in their native sub-Saharan African plains -- at......
| May 4, 2011
| 4:22 PM
RedEye's Leonor Vivanco talked to the director of Cook County Animal & Rabies Control about why there's been such an uptick in Chicago's critter population: With coyotes roaming the streets of Chicago like it's the great outdoors, there have been at...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 9:32 PM
The prompt for this year's "Songs of Good Cheer" reader contest was simple: "Write a short essay about a memorable moment involving a holiday song." My co-host for the "Songs..." concerts, Mary Schmich, writes about the results in her Wednesday......