| Mar 25, 2014
| 9:49 AM
Each year Downers Grove North High School conducts a contest for students to recite the most digits from memory of the never-ending mathematical figure known as pi.
This year on March 14, known as Pi Day, the razor-sharp recall of senior Michael Schirle...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 1:18 PM
When Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills opened its new 113,000-square-foot, $35 million Health, Fitness and Recreation Center, 84-year-old Don Aulwurm was waiting at 5:30 a.m. to be the first user.
He and many others followed during the...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:30 PM
Almost 1 out of 5 drivers in Chicago are likely violating the city's nine-year-old ban on using hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, according to a state study that prompts questions about whether a new and stricter Illinois law will reduce...
| Mar 20, 2014
Primary victories by Democratic and Republican lawmakers who took tough votes in favor of pension reform and gay rights showed they can survive, but it won't be easy.
"I was a political leper for a while for a lot of people," said Rep. Ron Sandack, R-...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 11:12 AM
As faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago consider another strike later this semester, school officials said they are unable to meet the faculty’s demands because of uncertainty in state funding.
UIC Provost Lon Kaufman said it would...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 4:19 PM
Illinois Republican governor and U.S. Senate candidates are traveling the state rallying potential voters ahead of Tuesday’s primary election.
Republican Bill Brady urged his supporters on St. Patrick's Day to turn out in force and repeat his 2010...
| Mar 18, 2014
In the hush of the college library, MeLissia Caston sat in front of a computer, propped open a textbook and settled into her online class in cultural anthropology.
Margaret Mead's studies in Samoa, cross-cultural research on chores and children's...
| Mar 16, 2014
It was while sitting in a Missouri federal courtroom watching his peace activist wife refusing to pay $424.47 in restitution to reduce an 11-year sentence for damaging a nuclear missile silo that Joe Gump decided that he, too, would take what he liked...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 12:27 PM
University of Illinois trustees today approved a student health insurance plan for the Urbana-Champaign campus that will for the first time cover gender reassignment surgery, a benefit they approved for the Chicago campus last year.
| Mar 6, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival will screen Oliver Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July," Steve James' Ebert doc "Life Itself" and "Young Adult," starring Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt.
The event, better known as Ebertfest, will take place...
| Feb 8, 2014
| 8:45 AM
Decades of efforts to curb air pollution have cut lung-damaging smog to levels far below the hazy days of the 1970s and '80s in Chicago and most other big urban areas.
New cars emit dramatically less pollution than older models, gasoline and diesel...