| Feb 21, 2013
Hours after her sister heard President Barack Obama speak against gun violence in Chicago, Janay McFarlane stepped out of a north suburban convenience store and was shot in the head by a 21-year-old gunman, prosecutors said.
As they unveiled murder...
| Feb 17, 2013
Hours after Destini Warren, 14, attended President Barack Obama's speech that focused on gun violence Friday, her family learned of a tragic irony.
Destini's sister, Janay McFarlane, 18, was the victim of the very thing the president condemned at Hyde...
| Nov 22, 2012
Two hours after giving birth to twins in northwest Indiana, Stacy Martinez was being loaded onto a helicopter to be rushed to University of Chicago Hospital.
A nurse told the patient's friend Saturday to say her goodbyes because Martinez's life hung...
| Feb 14, 2013
In addition to speaking at a South Side high school Friday, President Barack Obama is expected to meet privately with 20 young black men there to discuss the challenges of growing up in a rough neighborhood.
White House officials asked Principal Antonio...
| Nov 11, 2012
To divine whether you are drinking at a true dive bar, forget the neighborhood. Dive bars, thankfully, live everywhere in this city, a testament to tradition and one inescapable fact: Once we are in winter's teeth, few trips warm us like the short walk to...
| Dec 30, 2012
Janice Patterson remembers calling her mother to announce she was engaged. There wasn't much excitement on the other end of the line.
"She said, 'Well, I'll tell your father. It's your life,' Janice recalls. "Then she said, 'I have to get off the...
| Feb 10, 2013
Irish poet James Stephens once said, "What the heart knows today, the head will understand tomorrow."
Which is a rather lovely way of explaining the genesis of Dana Suskind's work. Co-founder of the pediatric cochlear implant program at the University...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 4:47 PM
ELLISON BAY, Wis. — The sweet aroma of onions caramelizing in a skillet is impossible to miss as vacationers enter the classroom in an old schoolhouse not far from the northern tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.
The 16 students, a mix from children...
| Apr 18, 2013
For Spiros Argiris and Gus Sellis, the story of their lives is written on the walls.
Argiris points around the room at the Valois Cafeteria's murals: the Museum of Science and Industry, Hyde Park Bank, the South Side lakeshore.
Then he points to the...
| Apr 3, 2013
Joe Herb McFarlane's legs shook as he awaited the first time he would be in the same room with the man charged with killing his 18-year-old daughter.
Jim McPherson, 21, was arraigned on first-degree murder charges Tuesday in the Feb. 15 death of Janay...
| Nov 25, 2012
Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama who grew up in Chicago, visited two South Side stores Saturday afternoon as part of a nationwide effort to support small businesses during the holiday shopping season.
Jarrett stopped by...