| Oct 12, 2010
| 9:14 PM
In a rare move, Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday ordered a health monitor be placed at a troubled Chicago facility caring for children with severe developmental disabilities.
The governor also instructed his senior health policy adviser to immediately draft...
| Sep 15, 2011
Madison, Wis., has been declared the most educated American city in rankings compiled by Men's Health magazine.
The Wisconsin capital, which the magazine described as the city "where the average household has more degrees than a thermometer," edged...
| Feb 21, 2012
Q: My pound cake came out beautifully but the top of it was crusted. When I wanted to turn it out or cut it the crust would break into pieces. Why? Can I do something so it won't happen again?
—Nancy Kowalkowski, Chicago
A: A quick call to...
| Feb 17, 2012
Sue Markgraf has been in the public relations arena for nearly 30 years, but she shuns the word "publicist." She kind of makes this little face when it comes up.
"I'm a media relations professional, not a 'PR person,'" says Markgraf, 51, founder and...
| Dec 12, 2011
Diane Latiker balked when her mother first suggested she get the neighborhood teens off the street by inviting them into her home.
"For the life of me I didn't want to do it," said Latiker, a mother of eight living in the gang-torn Roseland community...
| Mar 16, 2012
Dorene Wiese isn't afraid of going against tradition — even though tradition means everything to her.
She was one of seven American Indians in the state of Minnesota to ever graduate high school in 1967. She went on to get her bachelor's degree and...
| Apr 18, 2012
I recently sat in awe in a room full of women — most of them moms — who are powerful influencers reaching giant audiences. They are doing that through a variety of social media platforms and creating small media empires — from their...
| Apr 17, 2012
The gravitational pull of individual friendships can have an enormous cumulative effect on the quality of our lives. Friends can link us to broader social networks, and help enrich our lives. A friend can be the emotional oasis that makes all the...
| Apr 18, 2012
Just when we thought nothing, positively nothing, could get us interested in the particulars of Rep. Paul Ryan's budgeting process, President Obama goes and picks a language fight.
"(Mitt Romney) said that he's 'very supportive' of this new budget, and...
| May 10, 2012
You just opened your new business. Your profit margins look good, your growth model is sound and now the only thing left to do is to get a brand new business credit card to show everyone that you're legitimate.
Well, hold your horses there, boss, because...
| Feb 18, 2012
| 12:37 PM
The Chicago Auto Show opened a 10-day public run with its 21st First Look for Charity at McCormick Place on Feb. 9.
This tuxedo-mandatory gala, attended by 8,000, raised more than $2 million for 18 local nonprofits that included the 100 Club of Chicago,...