| Jun 22, 2014
Dr. John J. Bergan was a skilled vascular surgeon, researcher and educator who helped develop a separate specialty in surgery for diseases of arteries and veins.
"He was an innovative and pioneering surgeon who did the first (kidney) transplant at...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 3:16 PM
Before "Transformers 4" pounds into cinemas next week (sorry, "Transformers: Age of Extinction"), let us take a moment to step back and consider a much smaller, 25-minute film from Chicago-based critic Kevin B. Lee called "Transformers: The Premake,"...
| Jun 20, 2014
Driven by a desire for social justice and racial reconciliation, John Hall Fish spent much of his career connecting college students and recent graduates with urban nonprofit organizations.
In 1969, Mr. Fish co-founded the Associated Colleges of the...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:57 PM
Michelle Lech was stunned when a stranger showed up at her Plainfield doorstep two years ago and confessed to killing her sister in a 2008 hit-and-run.
Now she’s outraged that Will County prosecutors dropped their case against the man Thursday...
| May 21, 2014
| 9:50 AM
The Lyons Township High School Board voted Monday to eliminate class rank in 2017, a change proponents say will help many of the school's students get into college.
The class of 2017 will be the first to graduate without class rank, a valedictorian or a...
| Jun 13, 2014
During Mary Lou Sundberg's 30-year elementary school teaching career, she found herself dealing with a student who could not learn letter sounds or formations no matter the educational approach.
That led to an epiphany — Mrs. Sundberg decided...
| Jun 8, 2014
Mimi Koberlein woke up one morning unable to smell the bacon her husband was frying for breakfast. Confused, she ran to the shower, grabbed her shampoo and inhaled deeply. Nothing. Two years later, Koberlein, 47, still can't smell lemons, freshly cut...
| May 13, 2014
When Lori Witt began pursuing a tubal ligation at age 27, she said physicians refused to even discuss it with her, telling her she was too young and might change her mind about having children.
For more than a year, Witt tried to get sterilized. Finally...
| May 1, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Scientists have made a surprising discovery about ethanol: The more it was used by drivers in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the more ozone they measured in the local environment.
The finding, reported this week in Nature Geoscience, is contrary to other studies...
| Jun 8, 2014
— The Flynns are weary of bright lights that flood their bedroom each night from a sand mine next door. A second neighboring mine is in the works, and yet another nearby field has just been sold for mining as well.
"I always thought when I died I'...
| May 8, 2014
| 11:53 AM
It's one of the most significant sports film discoveries in recent years, offering up a new look at the 1919 World Series, when eight Chicago White Sox players allegedly conspired with gamblers to lose games to the Cincinnati Reds in what became known...
| Jun 13, 2014
Historians write to illuminate our shared past, to explicate the forces that shape our present.
But successive historical narratives also can create a series of veils, distancing the past from the present. The more recent dominates our thoughts. The...