| Aug 7, 2014
| 8:18 AM
After close to 10 months of work, Cook County prosecutors are nearing the end of their reinvestigation into one of Illinois' most pivotal wrongful conviction cases, with a decision expected within weeks that could rewrite a key chapter in the state's...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:32 PM
In recent years, as they have become increasingly aware of the frequency and various causes of wrongful convictions, prosecutors in a number of large cities and counties across the country created conviction integrity units. These units re-examine the...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 4:16 PM
Walter Avery Meares Jr., a former Burbank Leader columnist who wrote about city issues during the late 1980s and early 1990s, passed away peacefully in his Burbank home on July 9. He was 87.
He wrote a column for more than five years covering everything...
| Aug 1, 2014
By Erinn Hutkin
As the fall semester begins, many college students will likely be looking for part-time jobs. The idea of pulling a resume together and searching through help-wanted ads may be daunting, not to mention the challenge of juggling work,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 2:42 PM
James Pitts, an influential smog researcher whose work was used to craft California's pioneering air quality regulations, has died. He was 93.
Pitts died in his sleep of natural causes at his Irvine home on June 19, according to his wife, Barbara...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 9:31 AM
Claire L. Winnard has joined law firm Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office as an attorney in the Labor & Employment Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Winnard was an attorney at Jones Day in Chicago. She received her law degree from Northwestern...
| Jul 26, 2014
| 1:18 PM
Elaine Gonzalez of Northbrook, an innovative chocolatier noted for transforming chocolate into edible bowls, plates, ornaments, flowers and much, much more, died July 25. She was 79.
"She was an artist and took chocolate to new places," said...
| Aug 1, 2014
| 12:51 PM
They are an elusive breed.
Seemingly closer to myth than reality, a whisper heard in passing, a thought quickly discarded. When I told Anne Walters Robertson, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Chicago, about them, she replied,...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 3:29 PM
In the middle of his doctoral hooding at Northwestern University last week, Bin Liu walked to the edge of the stage and kneeled.
As he pulled out an engagement ring, Jie Han, his longtime girlfriend and fellow engineering student, made her way to the...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 1:32 PM
Last year Martha Montalvo-Ariri underwent a routine hysterectomy to help treat painful uterine fibroids. During surgery, her doctor used a morcellator, a device that cuts the tissue into pieces so it can be removed through small incisions.
| Jun 27, 2014
Once or twice a year I'm invited to talk with a classroom of university students about my career. Afterward the students pepper me with questions related, naturally, to their future: How do I find work once I graduate? How do I get a byline out of...
| Jul 11, 2014
The closing of antiquarian book store Bookman's Alley last year was a sad chapter in the literary life of the North Shore. But it wasn't the final chapter. Last month, Bookends & Beginnings, a new independent bookstore, opened in the Bookman's Alley...