College

Mon, 02/20/2012
The sounds of chaos bounce off the dim yellow walls. Everywhere there are prisoners wearing orange, red and khaki jumpsuits. An officer barks out orders as a thin woman tries to sleep on a hard bench in a holding cell. This is a harsh scene of daily life inside what has become the state’s largest de facto mental institution: the Cook County Jail....
Fri, 01/27/2012
Sports talk radio was a phenomenon fairly new to Chicago the first time I heard it here. I was visiting from California, taking my daughter to college on a trip that included a two-hour drive from Chicago. I came upon WSCR — “the Score” — while punching the buttons in a rental car and heard a boisterous guy later identified as Mike North...
Mon, 01/09/2012
No conference has experienced more upheaval from the continuing realignment in college sports than the Big East, despite its unquestioned stature as a basketball kingpin. The iconic league that Dave Gavitt invented (and ESPN nurtured) to feed the fervor for college hoops in the populous Northeast Corridor will be unrecognizable in a year or so,...
Sun, 09/25/2011
Mike Quigley knows about cheap shots on ice. Now he’s an expert on being blindsided on the internet and cable TV. Quigley, a Democratic Chicago congressman, had a relatively light Saturday recently. He played ice hockey in the morning, did a beach cleanup with the Sierra Club and hit four block parties in the 32nd, 43rd and 44th Wards. Along the...
Fri, 09/02/2011
Jim Delany has an ego befitting his stature as a former North Carolina basketball player, a lawyer, and a high-profile, highly paid sports executive. He has a well-earned reputation as Mr. Big in college athletics, a characterization he neither flaunts nor dismisses. During 22 years as its commissioner, Delany has transformed the Big Ten...
Wed, 08/31/2011
After weeks in which the Chicago Teachers Union seemed to be preparing to strike, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis on Tuesday told the Chicago News Cooperative the union will work the entire school year without a walkout. Under pressure from Mayor Rahm Emanuel over extending the school day and year, the CTU had seemed ready...
Mon, 08/29/2011
Jim Hendry is a hard guy to dislike, which is why the people who worked with him and the reporters who covered him took a somber view of his recent dismissal as Cubs general manager. Not so Cub fans. In their eyes, Hendry bore the responsibility for two-and-a-half seasons of truly bad baseball on the North Side, more so than any of his...
Tue, 08/23/2011
Starting next fall, Chicago Public School children will be in school 90 minutes longer each day and two additional weeks each year, district officials announced Tuesday amid a labor stalement with district teachers. On Monday, negotiations stalled between the Chicago Teachers Union and CPS over teachers’ 4 percent contractual raises, which the...
Mon, 08/15/2011
This summer, a group of college students from China interned at the office of the city clerk, Susana Mendoza, and found City Hall, well, a lot different from what they were used to at home. But their comparisons may not be what some Americans would expect. “I’m surprised to see there is no debate in the Council meeting,” said Yana Huang. “There is...
Thu, 08/04/2011
Utsav Ghandi didn’t know that Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who devours news cycles like a land-locked tiger shark, recently created an Office of New Americans. It elicited scant interest in the local press, but the young immigrant’s counsel is succinct. “Focus on those 12 to, say, 19 years old, the age when they may be most confused about a new world of...