| Mar 10, 2014
| 6:35 PM
Christian Rojas has a plan.
The Iraq War veteran wants to get his paralegal certificate. Then, he figures, he'll go into business for himself, helping people write their wills and file motions in court. He dreams of earning a law degree eventually and...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Not every child can be saved.
Not every kid who grows up broken can be steered away from bad choices by caring adults toward some new life, one with a purpose.
But Valerie Groth, a veteran Chicago Public Schools social worker at New Sullivan...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and ruling Democratic lawmakers united Wednesday around what they say is a stark election-year choice — vote now to make permanent the temporary income tax increase they installed three years ago or face major cuts in state spending...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 10:30 PM
Candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky addressed a range of chronic challenges facing the county board Thursday evening and offered different prescriptions for reforming the governing panel.
Meeting in their third...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:30 AM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Q: I'm in the Atlanta area and listen to your show on Sunday and appreciate all that you do. I also love your books and give them as graduation gifts.
My siblings and I all live in metro Atlanta and my mother is...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Ebony Scott remembers vividly the day she got the piece of paper she hoped would change her life.
After receiving her diploma, she cried, celebrated, took pictures and went to TGI Friday's for dinner. She hadn't spoken to her grandmother in more than...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:03 PM
It's a story whose elements are all too familiar. It's easy to deem it another indictment of our failing child welfare system:
A drug addict who has already lost six children to the foster care system is jailed after her two little boys wander into a...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 4:02 PM
The littlest ones worried Richard Calica the most. He spoke out often about the importance of finding stable, loving homes for the youngest, most vulnerable children.
"The state is an awful parent," Calica told the Tribune last month shortly before he...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 6:00 PM
Responding to recent high-profile deaths and injuries, a special county commission on child welfare is proposing a far-reaching overhaul of the Los Angeles County child protection service.
The plans would impose greater oversight on private foster...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 12:27 PM
There’s a catchy tune called “When Mama Ain’t Happy (Ain’t Nobody Happy).”
The song is about a man who stays out late drinking and comes home to an angry wife. For such domestic drama, the lyrics and music strike a...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 11:47 AM
Richard M. Lansburgh, a retired clothier, philanthropist and patron of the arts, died of multiple organ failure Tuesday at the Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center, one day before his 92nd birthday. He lived in North Baltimore.
He was born during a record-...