| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:15 AM
In the winter, Chicagoans complain about the slippery sidewalks, the snow plows not moving fast enough and freezing cold subzero temperatures.
And of course, they complain about dibs.
Some drivers believe that parking spot is theirs because they dug...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 1:39 PM
Elmhurst officials have revised plans for a six-story mixed-use garage in the heart of the city's downtown to try to overcome an earlier rejection by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday night when city staff...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 4:07 PM
The General Assembly should reject the recommendations adopted last week by the Task Force on Victim Privacy and the Public's Right to Know.
If the legislature adopts the recommendations of this panel, of which I was a member, it will make it easier for...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 5:00 PM
That dreadful day when a deranged young man in Newtown murdered the innocence of an entire state, he also assaulted one of our freedoms. Before that day, we all had the right to review whatever the state's law and justice authorities collected at murder...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 5:48 PM
Some lethal emails revealed by The Courant last week interrupted the genial flow expected in the week ahead. Trouble grows in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's promiscuous grant-and-loan business.
The public and federal criminal investigators are getting a look...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 approved a three-year contract for new Superintendent Laurie Heinz last week.
While the decision to hire Heinz was unanimous, one school board member disagreed with her compensation package.
"I'm 100 percent in...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:26 PM
On Nov. 22, 1963, bullets flew in Dallas, and tore into the head of John F. Kennedy. A citizen named Abraham Zapruder captured the killing on a "home movie" camera. The film had a complicated life, but in 2014, you can watch it on YouTube. You can watch...
| Mar 15, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's own Sandy Hook Advisory Commission isn't having any more luck than the general public and news outlets in obtaining information from state police investigators about the tragedy.
The panel of experts that the governor appointed...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 8:38 AM
When Winnetka was looking for photographs for its new village website, it turned to the community and asked residents to submit their favorite images of the village as part of a photo contest.
Megan Pierce, the assistant to the village manager, said...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 3:12 PM
Well, no surprise here. Now that the General Assembly has needlessly weakened the state's Freedom of Information Act, a variety of interest groups want to carve out exemptions to the law for themselves.
In a word, no. Bad idea. The public ought to be...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 3:52 PM
At the end of the last session of the General Assembly, lawmakers working in secret passed a bill needlessly limiting public access to crime scene media information — apparently because of a false rumor that a noted filmmaker was going to publish...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:01 PM
I’m not a news junkie. I’m a truth junkie and an information junkie. I want to know what I want to know. Edward Snowden broke the law and should go to jail, but I glad he did what he did. Information is power and it’s almost the only...