| Apr 4, 2013
| 2:10 PM
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
| Apr 6, 2013
| 8:07 AM
As I sit here at my computer tonight I realize I'm doing what I saw Roger Ebert do so many times before — stopping everything to crank out a deadline appreciation for an artist who has just passed on.
Only this time the artist is Roger. And I...
| Oct 13, 2012
| 3:23 PM
A Lake in the Hills man attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign died this morning after being severely injured in a hit-and-run collision late Friday, authorities said.
Anthony G. Pauls, 22, was declared dead at 7:54 a.m. at Carle...
| Oct 19, 2012
| 7:57 AM
While at a party in New York City, Steve Koenig got a nudge from his boss. If you hit on that woman, the boss told him, pointing to a pretty blonde, you can come in late tomorrow.
Koenig, who at the time worked chartering private planes, obliged —...
| Mar 24, 2013
| 7:34 PM
Chicago appears to have dodged the worst of an early-spring snow system that is dumping six to 10 inches on Central Illinois, according to the National Weather Service.
But according to State Police Sunday night, motorists traveling in Kankakee,...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 9:35 AM
The snowstorm that buried central and southern Illinois only skirted Chicago as it headed east -- and with it maybe the last of an unusual winter that seemed would never end.
The storm dropped 17 inches of snow in Springfield, breaking the old record...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 4:23 PM
A union that represents 775 staff members at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign plans to start a three-day strike on Monday.
Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, whose duties include food service and custodial work,...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 9:09 AM
Cali Hobgood barely knows what time zone she's in.
She lives in Illinois, but she has spent the past two weeks driving from Naples to Southern California and then to Winter Park. She's exhibiting in this weekend's Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival,...
| Feb 11, 2013
Last night’s mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead had fans re-visiting the town of Woodbury and finally re-uniting the Dixon Brothers, Daryl and Merle. By the end of the episode the poop really hit the fan and left viewers with a lot of...
| Aug 26, 2012
| 3:42 PM
The University of Illinois received nearly 48,000 applicants this year across its three campuses, a number the university says is a record high.
According to the university, 31,454 prospective freshmen applied for the Urbana-Champaign campus’...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 1:36 PM
Quiltavia Patterson was an aspiring rapper who left Chicago months ago to get her twin toddlers out of harm's way.
Jermaine Carter was "the cool guy" in the West Pullman neighborhood who did tattoos. He also preached to his children daily about staying...