| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM
| Jun 6, 2014
There's a huge problem with that bizarre new TV reality show "Swab Stories" being shot in New York and Chicago.
It's reportedly about volunteers getting their DNA tested. But what's so compelling about strangers having the inside of their mouths...
| Jun 19, 2014
Catholic nuns in habits leading children in a march against a strip club in a historical Chicago Outfit town in the western suburbs?
What could be better than this?
"I think I'm going to have to pray for you with that attitude," said Sister Noemia...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 8:32 AM
There is often no justice in history. If there were, then the name Jens Jensen would be as familiar to us as those of Al Capone, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey and some of the others who put their stamp on the city for a short time before moving on....
| May 13, 2014
Three years ago, musician Brian Culbertson and his wife started the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (http://napavalleyjazzgetaway.me/). "It's what I call a lifestyle event where you come in for several days and listen to great jazz concerts, enjoy meals and hang...
| May 21, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Chicago serves as the protagonist of Ubisoft Montreal's new open world video game, Watch Dogs, which is available May 27 across all platforms. The developers spent time recreating the actual city for players to explore in the game as Aiden...
| May 6, 2014
| 5:07 PM
As the elected village clerk of tiny Burnham for more than 30 years, Nancy Dobrowski was entrusted to collect cash on behalf of the south suburb’s 4,500 residents for everything from water and sewer service to business licenses and car towing fees....
| May 22, 2014
| 8:12 PM
Set in a hyper-connected modern-day Chicago, "Watch Dogs" is full of virtual versions of real places. Between shootouts and car chases, gamers can even check in to and learn about more than 100 hot spots throughout the city, Foursquare-style.But did...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 5:56 PM
All private employers in Chicago would be required to provide paid sick days to their workers under a new proposal backed by a majority of the city’s 50 aldermen.
If the proposal sponsored by Aldermen Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st and Toni...
| May 9, 2014
| 9:46 AM
Books become TV series. Amusement park rides become movies. Pop songs become Broadway musicals. But how do you adapt a city into a video game? How do you digitize the essence of a major American metropolis within the framework of a playable experience?...
| May 5, 2014
| 8:29 PM
Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans has been a vocal advocate of cameras in the courtroom ever since the Illinois Supreme Court cleared the way for the change in a landmark decision in early 2012.
But while dozens of other Illinois counties won the...
| Apr 20, 2014
The government of Iraq last week announced that it had padlocked the infamous prison at Abu Ghraib. The gates are closed. The inmates moved. Whether the closure is permanent or temporary -- Iraqi officials suggest the latter -- this ought to qualify as...