| Jan 3, 2008
| 9:41 AM
Other black politicians had run for the office of Chicago mayor before. In fact, even Harold Washington had. Most of those past campaigns had been quixotic, symbolic, and, in the end, futile.
But things were different in 1983. Black community leaders and...
| Jan 3, 2008
| 10:18 AM
By the final months of 1987, Mayor Harold Washington was finally having things his own way. Elected to a second term earlier in the year in a campaign devoid of much of the racial heat that marked the 1983 contest, Washington had a majority of the city'...
| Jan 3, 2008
| 10:34 AM
After being a vagabond in its own city for more than a decade, the Chicago Public Library on this date settled into a permanent home, a 10-story, classically styled building that cost $144 million and was billed, in true Chicago fashion, as the largest...
| Feb 12, 2010
| 4:11 PM
The place: They call it an outpost. The 250-square-foot location, shared by Hot Tix and housed in the Chicago Visitor Information Center in the Water Works building, is dwarfed by a cafe and reading lounge. There isn't much to it. The outpost, or...
| Apr 1, 2010
| 6:35 PM
The place: As the largest public library in the country, the Harold Washington Library Center is not just Chicago's crown public jewel but also America's as well. Its 10 floors and 70 miles of shelving holding more than 1.1 million titles, taking up a...
| Nov 10, 2008
| 6:16 AM
At Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago's South Side, where President-elect Barack Obama embraced Christianity, the pastor and congregation rejoiced Sunday and shouted, "Yes, we did!"
Hundreds of worshipers packed into the sanctuary for a joyous...
| Mar 7, 2008
| 2:38 AM
Rezko rewind. Day 4
March 7, 2008; 4:38 a.m.
The Tony Rezko corruption trial finally got down to the substance Thursday, with opening statements and the first witness testimony making it abundantly clear why this is likely to be an uncomfortable case...
| Nov 16, 2008
| 8:52 PM
Barack Obama won election to the Illinois Senate in 1996 with no help from Richard Daley. The Chicago mayor offered no assistance to Obama in 2000 when he ran unsuccessfully for Congress. Most of Daley's friends, family and associates backed a different...
| Feb 1, 2009
SPRINGFIELD — Coming after deposed and dysfunctional Rod Blagojevich, Gov. Pat Quinn is hoping to connect with an exhausted public by casting himself as an earnest reformer eager to start righting the ship of state.
"Early to bed, early to rise,...
| Aug 1, 2007
When Jason Baker sized up his housing options, he found himself wincing at the thought of tossing rent money down the drain.
That was all the motivation the 29-year-old single needed to purchase a one-bedroom, one-bath condo at Grand Bend at Greenbay,...
| Jan 27, 2008
Headed for your real estate closing? No matter which side of the table you'll be on, have a Plan B.
That's because a new study of real estate agents found that one-third of home-purchase transactions in September, October and November were postponed or...
| Jul 8, 2009
At the Harold Washington Cultural Center, the line began forming at about 8 a.m., and it eventually stretched halfway around the building.
In Daley Plaza, as many as 150 people stood in silence during the normally bustling lunch hour, every head turned...