| Mar 8, 2014
| 4:01 PM
Have you ever heard of this stuff called "snow"?
Do you know what it looks like?
Do you know that driving in snow is different than driving on dry pavement?
Do you know that it usually only snows when it's cold outside?
I think most of us know...
| Mar 3, 2014
— Before the sun could shine over the glazed fields of west-central Illinois, farmers Steve and Brice Jack were eyeballing one of the 35 pregnant cows in their barn.
Her tail was up and crooked, her black ears tilted slightly back, and she was...
| Feb 19, 2014
| 1:00 PM
* Feeder cattle futures settle lower
* USDA monthly cattle report set for Friday
* CME hogs mark new highs as speculative traders buy
By Theopolis Waters
CHICAGO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Chicago Mercantile Exchange live
cattle ended mostly lower on Wednesday,...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 5:20 AM
On this fine winter day, when much of the country is an icebox, I know I shouldn't complain. I can sit outside, feel the sun on my face and not get one bit of frostbite.
But I'm just going to say it: I am weary of winter. Depending on where you live, you...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Fifty years ago this month I joined Uncle Sam's Army.
In December of 1963, weeks shy of my 19th birthday, I came to the decision that it was time to take a bold step. I needed to grow up.
I figured the best way to do that was to join the military....
| Feb 20, 2014
Letters to the editor from Bartlett, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lyons and Elmhurst.
With college tuition numbers reaching stratospheric heights for young adults, a question for these institutions of higher learning needs to be...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Oak Park and River Forest's elementary public school districts have announced classes will be canceled Tuesday amid dangerous weather conditions.
Oak Park Elementary School District 97, Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 and River Forest...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 12:11 PM
They are called snow rollers and they look like something out of a Stephen King travel guide to the Arctic Circle -- weird, cylindrical snow formations created in the middle of nowhere without the benefit of human touch.
And the sight of them provides...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 6:06 PM
Pages from a winter diary:
Dec. 8: Snow!
Is there any more joyful sight than big flakes falling from the sky in the weeks before Christmas? Walking the dog is like stepping into a Currier & Ives lithograph, with carriage horses trotting through the...
| Jan 29, 2014
As we battle subzero temperatures here in Chicago, it's clear that there are the two distinct groups of humans:
One group knows how to dress for Chicago in January. And the other group? They shall be known as the Wanton Scarfists.
You can spot the...
| Jan 26, 2014
| 4:00 PM
Lake Michigan appeared frozen solid along the North Shore in the winter of 1899. The lake's frozen appearance masked the fact that ice thickness ranged from as deep as three feet to razor thin. The lake's waves pulsed under those who ventured on the ice...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 7:32 PM
As I was trudging down Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on Monday morning with snow pelting my face, and my glove-less hands exposed to the biting wind because I was carrying a suitcase and a computer bag, I kept saying to myself: "Hey, it could be worse. You...