| Mar 21, 2014
| 6:08 PM
The Illinois Supreme Court released a critical and unprecedented report Friday into how Cook County’s court system handles criminal suspects, pointing to a lack of leadership and basic understanding of certain court services that has contributed...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 4:32 PM
Sunday's print column Readers and I are dancing together on that fine line between educated guesses and gut feelings, offering up hunches in bunches about the year ahead in Change of Subject's annual predict-the-news survey. Who will win and who......
| Nov 14, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I felt the music and the fire as the civil rights movement rose from its slumber.
"Repair . . . justice!" went the call and response last week, in the basement of an old Chicago church at the corner of Ashland and Washington. "Restore . . . life! Rebuild...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 9:32 PM
This is a picture worth a thousand curse words. It’s the image of the Cook County Circuit Court’s writ of habeas corpus in a case involving alleged armed robber Ladaris Butler, 21, and it reveals, at a glance, just how......
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:33 PM
Slain teen Hadiya Pendleton was remembered today as a laughing youth who brought love and happiness to all her family and friends.
Despite the heavy security because of the attendance of first lady Michelle Obama and other dignitaries, Hadiya's funeral...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 4:34 AM
— If anyone thought gay marriage legislation would pass easily in Illinois, the initial hiccup Wednesday in the state Senate illustrated how hard-fought the issue is likely to be every step of the way.
A bill to allow same-sex marriage did not...
| Feb 9, 2013
| 9:47 PM
The funeral for Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday was a celebration of her life, just as her parents had wanted. But along with those moments of joyful remembrance, there was bitter awareness of the street violence that took her away.
In the front row,...
| Jan 29, 2013
| 1:33 PM
The first TV ad in the special primary election to replace ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. comes from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee and targets Democrat Debbie Halvorson’s support of gun owner rights.
| Mar 14, 2013
| 4:54 AM
Parking in a Chicago garage or lot will be more costly for drivers who pay premium rates, but those who find deals would pay less under a measure Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed Wednesday.
The idea is to switch city parking taxes from a complicated...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Cook County’s budget gap for next year is pegged at $152 million and Board President Toni Preckwinkle once again isn’t ruling out tax or fee increases to fill the hole.
There are, however, a pair of specific tax hikes that Preckwinkle says...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 7:12 AM
Following Tuesday's special election victory, Democrat Robin Kelly will start a new job in Congress as the least senior member of a House dominated by Republicans.
That political reality is not lost on Kelly, who said her first task is to restore...
| Feb 5, 2013
| 10:23 AM
Firearms owners in suburban Cook County will face fines up to $2,000 if they don't report to police when their guns are lost, stolen or sold under an ordinance commissioners approved today.
The plan, pushed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle,...