| Oct 8, 2012
| 4:17 PM
Every child who has attended elementary school in the U.S. can without a doubt recall the famous “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue” rhyme.
Though the rest of the poem is a distant memory, as adults, many of us have been exposed to...
| Dec 21, 2011
Legislation carving Easton out of the Lehigh Valley's congressional district now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett's signature to become law. The state House passed a new congressional map Tuesday; the Senate passed it last week. The new map shifts the city......
| Nov 10, 2011
| 1:30 PM
Chicago dog owners are suddenly showing signs of obedience in the wake of the city's promised crackdown on unlicensed pooches.
About 2,200 dog licenses have been purchased since City Hall’s animal control chief put out the word last month that...
| Nov 10, 2011
| 11:01 AM
The leader of the Chicago City Council’s Latino Caucus said today that four more wards should have Latino supermajorities, an announcement that came as the council nears a deadline for redrawing the city’s wards.
The city should have 14...
| Dec 14, 2011
| 4:24 PM
Members of the City Council's Latino Caucus today say they will submit their own plan to redraw Chicago's wards Thursday if last-ditch negotiations fail to achieve a compromise agreeable to them and groups of white and African-American aldermen.
| May 27, 2011
Hot dog vendors outnumber baristas and poker trumps yoga in Joliet, a city of roughly 147,400 people who play as hard as they work.
"If you can't find something to do here, you're not looking," said Thomas Giarrante, long-time barber and firefighter...
| Jun 10, 2011
When the gentrification wave swept across Lake County in the 1980s-90s, on its way from the North Shore to the Barringtons, it skipped Mundelein, which remains their down-to-earth, unpretentious cousin.
Thirty-five miles from the Loop, this is a...
| Jun 12, 2012
As a single dad wading back into the dating pool, Daniel Ruyter was surprised how many women lost interest when he revealed, always in the first conversation, that he had a son.
"At first I took it personally," said the Orlando, Fla., information...
| Aug 16, 2011
At 36, Kristy Litz has watched most of her girlfriends marry and alight to the suburbs to start families.
But marriage is nowhere on Litz's agenda. She wants children, and ideally a partner, but she has seen enough people divorce that she doesn't see the...
| Jul 6, 2011
Nationwide, the age-65-and-older population increased by 15 percent between 2000 and 2010, according to a recent Brookings Institution analysis of 2010 Census Bureau data. But many major U.S. cities are aging much faster than that. Some 31 metro areas,...
| Jul 14, 2011
| 7:55 AM
One in 10 Floridians has diabetes, a "disturbing" trend revealed in the nation's fat report last week. Though Florida ranks as the 29th-most-obese state in the country, the Sunshine State is No. 10 for diabetes. It's a distinction that comes with a...