| Jan 16, 2013
In the political thriller “Broken City,” Mark Wahlberg plays an underdog—not exactly something new for the Oscar-nominated actor (“The Departed”) when you recall “Boogie Nights,” “Invincible,” “...
| Jan 16, 2013
It's been a terrible week, not a week to entertain, or be cute or flip about anything.
But a Chicago Tribune event had been planned months ago for my readers at the beautiful campus at Elmhurst College on Tuesday.
And so, bad week or no, I was going....
| Dec 30, 2012
Another year over
It vanished so fast
The year twenty twelve
Now belongs to the past.
The war for the White House
Invaded the year
The candidates played
To our hopes and our fear.
While Mitt split the world
Into moochers and makers
| Dec 12, 2012
Nothing brightens the winter holidays like music.
So with apologies to the original writers of these tunes, and to everyone whose sensibilities may be offended, I've adapted a few seasonal songs for our place and time. Please sing along.
| Dec 2, 2012
| 12:02 PM
State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, long mentioned as a potential Republican candidate for governor, used the web and social media Sunday to urge supporters to sign up for a possible 2014 race for Illinois chief executive.
Rutherford’s web site asks...
| Nov 22, 2012
| 5:53 AM
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the ambitious political heir to a powerful Chicago family whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Wednesday from the South Side congressional seat he held...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 12:17 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has resigned after a months-long leave for mental illness, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday.
Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel confirmed his office had received a letter of...
| Nov 22, 2012
| 4:40 AM
CHICAGO -- U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress effective Wednesday, citing the need to spend time "restoring my health."
Jackson, who announced his resignation in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, has been is the subject of several...
| Nov 25, 2012
Even in Chicago, a city whose political community is not easily shocked by allegations of corruption, the resignation of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes as a bit of a stunner.
The word "promising" keeps popping up again and again in news reports as in, for...
| Nov 27, 2012
Maybe something good will come from the Shakespearean tragedy that is the Jesse Jackson Jr. saga: A deeper understanding of mental illness and more empathy for those afflicted with it.
Or maybe not.
The level of cynicism in these parts is so high that...
| Nov 28, 2012
That horde of candidates in the 2nd District trying to succeed former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Bud Light, is a wondrous sight.
It reaffirms my belief in the goodness of people, since most of the hopefuls are no doubt fueled by the principled...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 4:06 AM
Dr. Eric Whitaker, a nationally prominent expert in minority health issues and one of President Barack Obama's closest friends, is leaving his post at the University of Chicago Medicine in March to pursue opportunities in the private sector.