| Mar 17, 2014
After two weeks of detailing the arguments for and against raising the federal minimum wage — interviewing economists and policy experts, poring over a flood of emails from workers and business owners, reading scads of papers pro and con — I'...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 4:29 AM
Sunday’s police standoff that prompted the second emergency shutdown of North Lake Shore Drive in three years has raised serious concerns about public safety and tested the patience of drivers, some of whom were stranded for hours without an...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Gov. Pat Quinn and ruling Democratic lawmakers united Wednesday around what they say is a stark election-year choice — vote now to make permanent the temporary income tax increase they installed three years ago or face major cuts in state spending...
| Mar 27, 2014
| 3:39 PM
Yet another nail went into the coffin of the NCAA on Wednesday. And for those who genuinely care about the well-being of college athletes, that couldn’t be better news.
Peter Sung Ohr, a regional National Labor Relations Board official, ruled that...
| Apr 16, 2014
| 2:31 PM
Last week, third-graders in Guilford gave me a spontaneous round of applause.
Why? Because the teacher introduced me as being from the University of Connecticut, where excellence in basketball has raised my profile, along with that of everyone else in...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz and his wife, Marilyn, have made a multi-million dollar contribution to his alma mater, Northwestern University, in support of performing arts programming.
The gift, of an undisclosed amount, is part of a $3.75 billion...
| Mar 28, 2014
University officials and the NCAA have been reluctant to acknowledge that top-tier college football programs are run these days less as athletic programs than as businesses. But a labor administrator's decision Wednesday that Northwestern University's...
| Apr 18, 2014
A warehouse built by onetime Chicago merchant Montgomery Ward & Co. is now home to the sleekly chic U.S. headquarters of an imported corporate citizen: Britain-based vacuum cleaner-maker Dyson.
The company that made an everyday household appliance hot...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 10:00 PM
The six-year graduation rate for the University of Connecticut’s men’s basketball team is 8 percent; the Northwestern University football team’s graduation rate is 97 percent, according to the university’s website.
| Apr 21, 2014
| 9:18 PM
Richard J. Elrod, the son of a West Side Democratic committeeman, was seriously injured during an altercation with a protester during a 1969 Days of Rage demonstration downtown but went on to four terms as Cook County sheriff and more than 25 years as a...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Even a former cornerback who failed to graduate from Whatsamatta U. can deduce what will happen to college football in America.
Football's past may have been all about raccoon coats and chants of Boola-Boola. But the future of college football will be...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 6:37 PM
Composer's career was helped by Telly Savalas
John Cacavas, 83, a composer, arranger and conductor who parlayed his friendship with actor Telly Savalas into a prolific career scoring music for film and television, including a theme to...