| Dec 15, 2012
| 4:55 PM
Over the 14 years since losing her right arm to a hollow-point bullet, Dana Burke was convinced she could feel herself pointing, pinching or waving as she motioned with the 5-inch-long limb the attack left behind.
Still, she had to relearn how to pull...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 10:00 PM
***1/2 (out of four)
As a Chicago film critic and fellow University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumnus, it almost goes without saying that my review of “Life Itself,” acclaimed documentarian Steve James’ (“Hoop Dreams”)...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 9:17 AM
The fine, fond Roger Ebert documentary "Life Itself" is finally in a theater in Chicago, Landmark's Century Centre Cinema, starting opening in limited release Friday. It's also available from July 4 onward on iTunes and various video-on-demand formats. On...
| May 17, 2014
| 6:57 PM
On an afternoon in April 2010, three detectives walked into Stacy Jurich's hospital room. They carried a black plastic bag and told her they had some things they needed her to identify.
On a hospital tray, they spread a half-dozen pieces of makeup....
| Apr 1, 2014
| 10:54 AM
After a gunshot wound in 2009 left him in need of a wheelchair, Leo Leyva thought his life was over.
"I didn't want to talk to nobody after my injury," the 23-year-old said.
Now he's got a whole new lease on life.
The Logan Square resident and...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:54 AM
The documentary "Life Itself," directed by Steve James of "Hoop Dreams" and "The Interrupters" and based on the late Roger Ebert's 2011 memoir, could have settled for well-meaning hagiography or a feature-length pitch for sainthood. Many of Ebert's far-...
| Feb 24, 2014
Wesley M. Dixon Jr., a pharmaceutical executive, over the years chaired the boards of leading arts, health and educational institutions in the Chicago area, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
"Wes was the most important businessperson in...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 6:57 PM
A male nurse at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago is accused of sexually abusing a quadriplegic Army veteran who is unable to speak.
Dioscoro Flores, 39, allegedly abused the man, 24, on two occasions between July 4 and Aug. 6 in the man's bedroom...
| Oct 21, 2013
While a student at Trinity College, William Bickford and his roommate spent many nights talking about their passion for architecture and how to best forge a path to professional success and personal happiness.
Bickford wanted to be married by age 30. He...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:20 PM
A man found in July in the wreckage of the home he had shared with his missing girlfriend before she disappeared was arrested today as he left the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and charged with arson in the explosion, authorities said.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 3:39 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, in his first speech from the Senate floor since suffering a major stroke in January 2012, urged his colleagues Monday to support a measure to ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender...
| Sep 13, 2012
Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, is used to hearing his work described as science fiction.
Way back in 1999, he and his team grew bladders in a lab and successfully implanted them in patients with...