| Mar 25, 2014
Raised in Chicago and now a resident of Los Angeles, Lucas Neff is best known to television viewers as Jimmy Chance, the young dad on the Fox series "Raising Hope" whose series finale is scheduled to air on Friday, April 4. And he's the first to admit...
| Mar 21, 2014
Even as Harvey struggles to pay its bills and fund public safety, the south suburb has engaged in questionable uses of tax dollars — including a lucrative deal tied to the mayor's son to run Facebook and Twitter accounts, the Tribune has learned....
| Apr 17, 2014
| 10:02 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel flew around the country more than 50 times during his first 2 1/2 years in office, mixing city business with politics and attending events that helped burnish his national profile.
On at least nine of the trips, records show taxpayers...
| May 28, 2014
They're called single-room-occupancy hotels or residential hotels, and the frequently dilapidated structures are often the housing of last resort for those down on their luck, a step away from homelessness or a shelter.
The buildings also are a slowly...
| May 28, 2014
| 1:38 PM
After months in southern Africa, former Rep. Mel Reynolds has returned to Chicago with dramatic stories of espionage, Zimbabwe jails, pornography charges, human rights violations and malaria.
And he blames the Chicago media for misreporting all of it....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 2:03 PM
Chicago aldermen today gave the preliminary go-ahead to a plan to earmark $55 million in special tax district funds to help pay for a new hotel next to McCormick Place.
The City Council Finance Committee agreed to set aside the tax-increment financing...
| May 11, 2014
Newspaper reporters call them evergreen stories.
Nothing described in them is occurring now or tomorrow, or happened yesterday. But the subjects are, nevertheless, intriguing.
It's a breed of story that sometimes gets lost amid today's minute-driven...
| May 14, 2014
| 9:19 PM
The former head of Chicago's red light camera program was arrested Wednesday in a $2 million bribery scandal and charged by federal prosecutors with plotting to steer the contract to Redflex Traffic Systems before the first ticket was ever issued in 2003....
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:52 AM
Patrick Fahy, three-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's outstanding pastry chef award (finalist in 2011) is well-known to Chicago dining fans. In the past five years, Fahy has been executive pastry chef at Blackbird, Avec and The Publican;...
| May 4, 2014
| 11:09 AM
"Breathe. I can do this. I can do this."
My mantra was on repeat Saturday as my feet shuffled on the rooftop of the Wit Hotel, 27 stories above State Street downtown. My heart raced. My palms were clammy. My stomach had twisted into a tight knot....
| Mar 21, 2014
| 7:35 AM
It was a glorious August morning: a cloudless sapphire sky, the sun so bright that you knew SPF 50 wasn't enough — and acres of fresh snow.
The afternoon before, I had stepped through the doors of the Hotel Portillo, trading Chicago's summer of...