| Jun 13, 2011
| 6:03 PM
When Stanley Ligas talks about moving out of the 96-bed facility where he has lived for years and into a small, community-based home for people with developmental disabilities, he describes it like this:
"You know how Jiminy Cricket sings, 'When you wish...
| Jul 7, 2011
DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba has amassed the biggest campaign war chest of any sheriff in Illinois — thanks in part to cash given by deputies he oversees.
His deputies also have gathered petitions for his campaign, kept vandals away from pro-...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 4:21 PM
Founded in 2001, our club meets monthly.
We pick titles by theme and try to bring food and drink to match the book's content. Some of our favorite combinations were graveyard cake and blood punch for Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and...
| Apr 7, 2011
| 11:48 AM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Ed O'Neill was born in Youngstown, Ohio, today in 1946. This birthday guy will be forever remembered as Al Bundy from the long-running show "Married With Children." Currently, O'Neill stars on the hit series "Modern Family" and...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 1:15 PM
Mindy Segal and Bruce Sherman are hoping five’s a charm.
Rich Melman is hoping it’s seven.
All three have been nominated — again — for James Beard Foundation Awards, which annually recognize the best chefs, restaurants and...
| Feb 5, 2011
| 2:20 PM
At Rattlesnake Middle School in Missoula, Mont., Baird Harper was the cool sixth-grade special education teaching assistant, but he was also thinking, and listening, like a writer.
One idea, scribbled on the back of a hall pass six years ago, morphed...
| Sep 24, 2010
| 10:56 AM
The plains and prairies of Willa Cather's “My Antonia” and cities of Theodore Dreiser's “Sister Carrie” have come to define the Midwestern literary tradition, while “Little Egypt,” the triangular tip of southern...
| Oct 6, 2010
| 9:15 PM
"All I Ever Wanted"
By Kristan Higgins
HQN, $7.99 When the man she thought was going to propose breaks up with her instead, Callie Grey decides it is time to find the new love of her life. Callie just never thought it would turn out to be the town's...
| Apr 1, 2011
Housing trends come and go, but one 1980s trend stuck like a teen to a cellphone: the open floor plan. Out were the post-World War II floor plans, with their labyrinth of rooms and narrow hallways. In were wall-less living areas that allowed Mom to keep...
| Feb 14, 2011
| 2:28 PM
"A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness - and a Trove of Letters - Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression"
By Ted Gup
The Penguin Press, 365 pages, $23.95
You can tell the story of "A Secret Gift" in a sentence or two: A grandson opens a...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 3:22 PM
By Alan Heathcock
Graywolf. $15.00, 208 pages
Eight stories, by native Chicagoan Alan Heathcock, who lives and works in Idaho, where he seems to have found in that mostly rural state great inspiration in the pathetic and maniacal denizens...