| Feb 23, 2014
Daniela Hernandez, 27, and Lionel Garcia, 35, met on Facebook before ever meeting in person because they had so many mutual contacts, including sisters who volunteered with Paws Chicago animal shelter.
Daniela, an analyst with the Cook County Board of...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Despite more than three decades of litigation and oversight by federal judges, Cook County Jail remains a “civic embarrassment” where violence is so pervasive that correctional officers take inmates on “elevator rides” –...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column As if we’re not closely enough identified with political corruption, the Chicago area is poised to make forehead-smacking headlines around the nation the morning after the March 18 primary election. Democratic state Rep....
| Mar 7, 2014
| 9:09 PM
Engineers from Union Pacific were in Park Ridge this week inspecting for the second time a railroad viaduct called a "public safety hazard" by city officials after a chunk of concrete fell from the viaduct and reportedly cracked a resident's windshield...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today endorsed a young, first-time candidate in a crowded West Side county commissioner contest that includes a former alderman who did time for political corruption.
The rare public...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The Cook County Board next week is expected to approve spending $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit alleging that Sheriff Tom Dart retaliated against deputies who backed his political opponent when he first sought the job eight years ago.
Dart has objected...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 4:53 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle would begin overseeing an effort to ease overcrowding at the county jail by releasing detainees on electronic monitoring under an agreement reached this week with the sheriff.
The agreement, which still needs...
| Mar 13, 2014
Chicago television producer David Manilow will begin filming his newest public television series, "My Chicago," this week, with the first of six episodes set to air April 25.
Each half-hour episode will feature three people, often prominent, taking a...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 3:08 PM
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle told reporters Wednesday that she intends to serve her full four-year term if re-elected this year, but did not rule out switching gears and running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015.
Speaking to reporters...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 8:44 AM
It takes time to create a television documentary, and filmmakers Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin have said they spent much of a year amassing 1,000 hours of video to make their CNN true-crime documentary "Chicagoland." So America currently is discovering, in...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Is there still political life in the anti-gay marriage movement? Are union forces strong enough to win a battle with the Democratic establishment over pension reform? These questions are central to two of the most interesting...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 4:55 PM
When it came to paying illegal kickbacks, Dean Nichols thought that stuffing cash in an envelope was a little too obvious.
“When I do something like that, I do it in a folder,” Nichols, the onetime campaign treasurer for former state Sen....