| Jul 13, 2013
| 10:28 AM
When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois.
| Jul 13, 2013
| 1:01 PM
Rosemary Bove, the $101,000-a-year state official who manages Connecticut's five "Welcome Centers" on interstate highways, didn't have to look very far for at least a couple of the young people who were hired in May to work in 13 highly-coveted summer...
| Jul 3, 2013
After tests found worrisome levels of arsenic in American rice last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would test 1,000 additional samples by the end of the year and issue recommendations "promptly."
Nearly 10 months later, the...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 4:22 PM
The western suburbs saw a dramatic spike in fatal heroin overdoses over the summer, the subject of today’s report on www.chicagotribune.com and in the Sunday Chicago Tribune. Heroin deaths are rising across the suburbs, an indicator of a...
| May 16, 2013
| 6:10 AM
Leaders of a tech firm seeking a city contract donated $15,000 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund, despite Emanuel's own executive order banning contributions from vendors trying to get city business.
The donations linked to a company that uses...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 12:04 PM
Twenty-nine of the 56 summer workers at the state Department of Transportation this year have the same last name as a full-time DOT worker or official — increasing the appearance that, despite denials, family connections and favoritism play a role...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 11:20 AM
When Anthony Weiner continued to flaunt his dong across the Internet after a sexting scandal cost him everything, he didn't just betray his long-suffering wife (again). He also laid a blow to all of us sex-positive people who rushed to his defense when he...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 1:00 PM
To know where you are, it helps to know where you've been, right?
So early in his deeply reported, deeply frightening story of America's massive nuclear arsenal, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety,"...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
What do we, the public, have the right to know about celebrities?
This past week, Prince Fielder, the Tigers' superstar, was defended by a teammate, Torii Hunter, during a radio interview. Hunter suggested that Fielder, who has struggled at the plate,...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Nothing has occurred recently, William and Mary athletic director Terry Driscoll said this week, that would prompt the school to consider bolting the Colonial Athletic Association for a new conference.
Driscoll pays attention to the landscape and said...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 10:11 AM
Literary fans know William T. Vollmann as a National Book Award-winning author; the FBI knew him as Unabomber suspect S-2047.
In the September issue of Harper's, Vollmann explores his FBI file in a brilliant, chilling essay about America and privacy,...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 4:57 PM
A week after declassified CIA documents came to light verifying that the U.S. spy agency was behind a 1953 coup in Iran, parliamentarians in the Islamic Republic voted Tuesday to fast-track a lawsuit against Washington for interfering in Iranian...