News

Mon, 01/16/2012
Lobbying by Illinois lawmakers would be barred under a bill proposed by the Legislature’s inspector general, who monitors ethical conduct by state representatives and senators. “Legislators should not be allowed to be paid to lobby on behalf of clients before any public body,” said the inspector general, Thomas J. Homer, who plans to introduce the...
Sun, 01/15/2012
It’s clear the Bulls have re-established themselves as a team worthy of Chicago’s attention, because the city’s ever-twitchy fans are worried about them. Derrick Rose is playing too many minutes and is certain to wear down with so many games compressed into a tight schedule, a consequence of time lost to the N.B.A. lockout. There is no reliable...
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,...
Tue, 01/03/2012
Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) is in danger of becoming the third incumbent ward boss to be removed from the March primary ballot. Brookins, who is running for re-election as the Democratic committeeman of the 21st Ward, may not have enough signatures to remain on the ballot after his nominating petitions were challenged and a preliminary review...
Tue, 01/03/2012
On Monday, while offering his post mortem on the Bears’ break-even season, coach Lovie Smith tried to spin a desultory 1-5 finish forward. He claimed the Bears were a solid football team, had practically been a lock for a playoff berth, only to be undone by injuries to key players, which they’d managed to avoid while reaching the NFC Championship...
Mon, 01/02/2012
A new Army Corps of Engineers study of Chicago-area waterways has stirred the debate over whether to sever the connection between Lake Michigan and inland waterways that were created by the construction of canals a century ago. The study, released on Dec. 7, is part of the Corps’s nearly decade-long process aimed at preventing invasive species,...
Thu, 12/29/2011
Illinois finally crossed the finish line first in the latest “Race to the Top” competition for federal education grants, a cornerstone of the Obama administration’s reform agenda. After coming up empty-handed three times in a row, the state was awarded $42.8 million from the United States Department of Education last week in a fourth round of Race...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Pete Mackanin is a smart guy. He has to be if he graduated from Brother Rice High School, a South Side citadel of learning where several scholars I know first embarked on the path to true knowledge. Mackanin, a self-described “young 60” after 43 years in pro baseball, looked the part during last week’s visit to Wrigley Field: trim physique, nicely...
Wed, 11/02/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel moved Wednesday to reinstate limited overnight emergency services for the homeless, which had been shut down after a state budget cut. A City Council ordinance introduced by Emanuel would earmark $200,000 to create two to three outreach teams, each consisting of two employees and a van, to transport homeless people to shelters...
Mon, 10/24/2011
  Armed with tote bags for the handouts awaiting them, thousands of Chicago parents shuffled through display tables adorned with brightly colored posters as they faced the daunting task of selecting schools for their children. For many parents, the school fair, put on by the Neighborhood Parents Network, is their first encounter with the...