| Nov 16, 2013
| 6:43 PM
After losing his older brother to gun violence five years ago, Javier Gonzalez was never the same, according to family.
In the end, the 17-year-old shared the same fate as his brother Carlos when he died Friday — a day after a shooting a block...
| Dec 24, 2013
| 6:04 PM
People waited in line for as long as seven hours in wind chill readings as low as 19 degrees below zero to pick up donated toys for their children and grandchildren the morning of Christmas Eve.
Academy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson,...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 4:34 PM
Every year around the holidays, Donovan Turnage, his brother and their father went to get haircuts. The family outing gave the 11-year-old boy an opportunity to catch up with his dad, with whom he was close but never missed a chance to see.
| Jan 9, 2014
Working was a multidimensional endeavor for Ed Duffy.
He was a Chicago cop, deputy chief of staff under Gov. Jim Thompson, director of the Illinois Department of Public Aid, an Arlington Heights trustee, president of Arlington Park racetrack, chief...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 7:00 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in China to promote Chicago business opportunities on a trip paid for by the city's economic development agency.
During the two-day trip that wraps up Monday, Emanuel is expected to sign an economic partnership agreement with eight...
| Jan 5, 2014
A trial starting this week is expected to raise questions about how Cook County prosecutors are using Illinois' anti-terrorism law and whether Chicago police crossed any lines when they infiltrated protest groups before the 2012 NATO summit.
| Jan 7, 2014
| 2:42 PM
Blocking Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes could require an engineering marvel that rivals the reversal of the Chicago River more than a century ago, according to a new federal study that promises to reignite a fierce debate about the region's...
| Dec 22, 2013
Natalie Webster beamed at her 13-year-old son, Moshae, as he sat straight-backed at the dinner table. She jokingly needled him about his careful grooming and formal manner around visitors as he stared ahead, alternately protesting and tolerating her...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 10:16 AM
A slew of tax and fee increases are set to hit Chicagoans in 2014 on everything from water, cigarettes and cable TV to property taxes and parking violations.
There's a small measure of good news, however: For the first time since 2009, parking meter...
| Jan 3, 2014
Maria Gutierrez wipes away tears as she watches video of her son Angel staring at the camera, singing in a powerful voice that rattles her cellphone speaker. In a corner of her apartment, a poster depicts him smiling under a Cubs cap, a pair of wings...
| Dec 20, 2013
In the historic Golden Dome field house in Garfield Park, bank executives and charity leaders gathered in August to trade hugs and self-congratulatory speeches.
Nonprofit groups on the West Side were helping restore communities by renovating homes...