| Jul 20, 2014
My first day at my first real job — a dishwasher at one of those 24-hour family restaurants on a busy thoroughfare — the manager warned me, and he'd warned other employees, to park at the back of the parking lot, out near the dumpsters....
| Jul 18, 2014
Wednesday's blog item followed by Sunday's print column version of the story: So I had business yesterday afternoon at the Illinois Secretary of State's Chicago North regional office at 5401 N. Elston Ave. and notice on the way in that......
| Jul 15, 2014
| 1:12 PM
A new study finds that traffic fatalities dropped 30 percent from 2005 to 2012 in Illinois.
Traffic fatalities have dropped nearly 23 percent nationwide in the same period, according to the study by Michael Sivak of the University of Michigan...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 1:04 PM
Winnetka residents are invited to celebrate Independence Day on Friday at the park district's annual Fourth of July Parade and Fourthfest.
Toby Ross, the park district's recreation supervisor, said this year marks the 127th anniversary of Winnetka's...
| May 23, 2014
| 5:53 PM
The 68th Annual La Grange Pet Parade will prominently feature two people who have worked to overcome physical disabilities.
Brody Roybal, 15, the youngest member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team, will be an honorary grand...
| May 20, 2014
| 10:34 AM
The future of distracted driving has arrived with the advent of Google Glass, but an Illinois lawmaker wants to outlaw wearing it behind the wheel before drivers start trying to get directions from images hanging directly in front of their eyes.
| Jun 11, 2014
The saga of Derrick Smith has been one long exercise in mixed messages. This one's unequivocal: guilty.
A federal jury took only four hours to convict the lame-duck state representative of bribery and attempted extortion for pocketing $7,000 in exchange...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 4:08 PM
A former state employee who’s suing Treasurer Dan Rutherford for political wrongdoing and sexual harassment added Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to the case Thursday.
The Romney addition came as Edmund Michalowski refiled his lawsuit...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 10:00 PM
If you've been out to festivals the last few weeks, you've got the drill down. Sunscreen? Check. Broken-in flip flops? Check. Cash so you can avoid the ATM fees at the fest? Major check. Now that you're a pro, one of the busiest fest weekends of the...
| Jun 2, 2014
| 4:57 PM
A month before the 2012 primary, state Rep. Derrick Smith was talking in his West Side political office with a trusted campaign worker about writing a letter of support for a day care in exchange for a $7,000 bribe, federal prosecutors allege.
| Jun 3, 2014
| 3:01 PM
A hearty "well done" to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza for greatly simplifying and streamlining the processes of renewing Illinois driver's licenses and Chicago city stickers, respectively.
The state now...
| May 21, 2014
| 6:57 AM
SPRINGFIELD --- With less than two weeks left until adjournment, the question of making permanent an income tax increase hanging in the balance and a possible $4 billion budget gap still up in the air, lawmakers will knock off early today to play...