| 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...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 1:35 PM
Styx and REO Speedwagon -- two bands with long histories in Illinois rock – will join forces to play a benefit concert Dec. 4 in Bloomington, Ill., for victims of recent Downstate tornadoes.
Tickets ($28, $43, $58) for Rock to the Rescue Extends a...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:02 AM
Almost a month ago, Bruce Rauner pledged at a Downstate candidates’ forum that if elected governor he would slash the state’s minimum wage by $1 to make it equal to the federal rate in an effort to make Illinois more economically competitive....
| Feb 19, 2014
| 11:17 AM
Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner added another $501,000 of his own money to his campaign fund while a union and Democratic-aligned political action committee launched a new round of controversial TV ads against him today.
Rauner, a wealthy...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 5:46 AM
Heading into next month's primary election, Republicans in Illinois are more unified on pocketbook concerns but remain divided on social issues — a split accentuated along geographic and ideological lines.
Republicans don't agree on same-sex...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:48 AM
Back in 1996, Atlanta-based dental insurer CompDent Corp. bought an Illinois competitor called Dental Care Plus Management Corp., a seemingly run-of-the mill business deal that would be long forgotten if it weren't now reverberating through the Republican...
| Nov 10, 2013
David Foster Wallace was no fan of cities. He used to complain to friends that they left him riled up. Being in New York City, he once wrote to the then-fiction editor of Playboy, Alice Turner, “My whole nervous system seems to be on the outside...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 8:56 AM
Stevenson coach Kristin Piekarski has heard the naysayers, the ones who think competitive dance is more about flash and glitz and less about athleticism.
But the weary looks on the exhausted but excited dancers' faces on the drive back home from last...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 7:24 PM
Civil rights leaders are calling for the expulsion of members of the Arizona State University chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity who planned and participated in a Martin Luther King Jr.-themed party that mocked black people.
The fraternity suffered...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 9:32 PM
This is going to rattle some dishes: Winnetka venture capitalist Bruce Rauner has jumped out to a big lead in the Republican race for governor after spending millions of dollars on television ads to introduce himself to Illinois voters, a......
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
FlyinAway (flyinaway.com) is the industry's latest approach to offering cut-rate airfares to travelers willing to wait until they buy to find out exactly which airline they'll be flying. Although it includes some familiar Hotwire and Priceline features,...