| Aug 29, 2011
| 9:18 AM
The Sun poll of the mayor's race shows the incumbent, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, with a commanding lead. This should not come as a total surprise — she has tremendous name recognition, she has won citywide before, and she has raised far more money...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column So tell Uncle Chester: Don't worry, gay people don't want to marry you. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to sign into law a bill that will legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois starting next June. Chicago's......
| Oct 21, 2013
For years, Audrey Petty's perspective of public housing high-rises came from a series of glimpses.
She grew up in Hyde Park and whenever she took the bus down State Street, past the former Stateway Gardens and Robert Taylor Homes, she often sat up...
| Aug 4, 2013
Perhaps the only benefit of the lack of funds to maintain the long-neglected Illinois International Port District is the weathered sign on its grain elevators that should have been painted over long ago but obviously hasn't.
A welcome to visitors of the...
| Aug 23, 2013
That's French for "You must be pulling my leg."
And that was my first thought when I saw the news the other day that both major candidates in the mayor's race in Paris are women. What's more, not only are the two leading candidates female,...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 6:49 AM
In 1955, a 27-year-old singer appeared at the Chicago Theatre. Although she was becoming known for her singing on a TV show from New York, known informally as "Tonight," the pretty vocalist was by no means top of this Loop variety bill. She came in...
| Jun 22, 2013
Vince Vaughn was a huge fan. So was Wally Pfister, director of photography for the Chicago-made Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight." "Barbershop" producer George Tillman swore by the work, insisting that his films get processed there. They were all...
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.
| Sep 2, 2012
The presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have pledged not to run political ads Sept. 11, out of respect for the terrorism victims. Which means there are 64 other days when you can count on being deluged with ads before Election Day.
| Dec 2, 2011
| 4:32 PM
In light of today's news that veteran radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier (left) is taking over morning drive at WGN AM 720, I am republishing the following extensive profile that came out almost exactly 25 years ago in the Tribune's Sunday......
| May 16, 2011
| 4:32 AM
Rahm Emanuel, with wife Amy Rule, daughter Ilana, Leah, and son Zach is sworn in by Chief Judge Timothy Evans in Chicago. (José M. Osorio/Tribune) Posted by Kristen Mack and John Chase at 12:01 a.m.; last updated at 12:10 p.m.......
| May 31, 2011
| 4:32 PM
I seem to have made a bad bet, putting most of my journalistic chips on "ignore it" regarding a legislative proposal this spring that would bring casino gambling to Chicago. Why that wager? Because the death of the casino-in-Chicago idea......