| Jul 6, 2014
For as long as Sarah Hess can remember, she has been an advocate for children in need.
"My mom, Mary Hess, was a teacher, and my dad (the late G. Alfred Hess Jr.) was a school reformer here in Chicago," says Hess, 29. "There was a layer of social...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:28 PM
A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group — and it's not the teachers union....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Frank Sinatra's song about Chicago, "My Kind of Town," "a the town that won't let you down," seems dated in light of last weekend's shooting spree that left 16 dead and dozens wounded in 53 separate incidents. According to the Chicago Tribune, "The...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 10:52 AM
Fleeing gang violence in Central America — and Chicago
Incensed by President Barack Obama's plan to deport thousands of immigrant children who have arrived in the U.S. illegally in recent months, activists have taken to the streets to chide the...
| Jul 13, 2014
In 2014, Chicago is more than a city name; it's a metaphor for urban perplexity. The word simultaneously evokes a glittering urban sky-scrape of festive commercialism and a fetid, murderous underbelly.
More than a tale of two cities, those contradictory...
| May 30, 2014
| 9:12 AM
Re: Commentary: End the assault on low-income motel tenants," (May 17):
Women and children live in poverty, and the numbers are increasing. Should the predominantly male Costa Mesa Planning Commission aggressively decrease long-term independent motels,...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 11:35 AM
In his continuing effort to prove that cutting government benefit programs such as disability is actually good for beneficiaries, such as the disabled -- after all, that's what "compassionate conservatism" is all about -- Scott Winship responds to my...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 2:48 PM
The world was outraged when the militant Islamic group Boko Haram kidnapped 260 Nigerian schoolgirls and threatened to sell them and marry them off. The name "Boko Haram" roughly translates to "Western education is forbidden."
The kidnappings birthed...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:30 PM
First it was Rod Blagojevich who sent free rides soaring on the Chicago area's transit system, and now the lingering effects of the Great Recession are keeping the numbers high, experts say.
The former governor's gift of free rides to all Illinois...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Dan Rodricks wrote movingly of a Johns Hopkins study of poverty that found if you are born poor in Baltimore, the chances are you will remain poor ("A Hopkins sociologist busts an American myth," June 17).
Yet the Hopkins study apparently says nothing...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 3:30 PM
Any experienced parent will tell you: You really can't expect your kids to start reading until long after they start talking. If your daughter or son can make out words at 4, jump for joy. And this parent, like many others, learned the hard way that it'...