26 died from cold this year
Figure not as bad as health professionals fearedChicago's third-coldest winter has contributed to the deaths of 26 people so far, nearly 50 percent more fatalities than the entire season's average in recent years, according to numbers provided by the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Edna Pardo, 1921-2014
Longtime League of Women Voters leader campaign against inequities of school financeEdna Pardo worked tirelessly to improve her community, focusing much of her effort on the inequities of Illinois school finance in her longtime role as a leader of the League of Women Voters of Chicago.
Treasurer's race under the radar
'Undecided' tied for lead in GOP primaryThe Republican state treasurer contest is so far under the radar for most primary voters that if the words "undecided" or "never heard of" actually appeared on the ballot, they could be vying for the lead, a new Tribune/WGN-TV poll found.
Oberweis keeps big lead in GOP Senate primary
Lack of name recognition hurting Truax, poll showsRepublican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis has maintained an overwhelming lead in his primary contest against a little-known rival, a Tribune/WGN-TV poll shows.
Soldier Field expansion raises questions about feasibility
Experts not optimistic about Emanuel's plan to add 5,000 seats Oh no! Another Soldier Field fight. I thought we were done with those. But there's no way to ignore Mayor Rahm Emanuel's push to add at least 5,000 seats to our architecturally polarizing pigskin palace.
Man recalls rescue, loss on Chicago River
Emergency responders answer more calls than average this winter on lakefront, riverViet Hoang and his friends, Lauren Li and Ken Hoang, huddled near each other, clinging to life in the frigid Chicago River on that January night, assuring one another they would not die this way.
Divers face risks in ice water rescues
Brutal Chicago winter provided plenty of chances for trainingWhen the Chicago Fire Department scuba team arrived on the south side of the Chicago River at Michigan Avenue just before 5 a.m. Dec. 17, fresh snow blanketed the ground, covering any footprints where a woman had slipped into the frigid water.
Airport arrests highlight baggage claim risks
For a convicted thief like Anthony Hargrove, baggage carousels at Chicago's airports have apparently been an attractive target.
Cardinal's cancer sparks retirement speculation
Talk of succession arises as George begins treatmentAn aggressive round of chemotherapy is planned for Cardinal Francis George after doctors discovered new cancer cells in his right kidney, a setback that church observers said could hasten the process to select a successor to lead the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Cold weather rebels wear shorts in winter
Some teens defiantly sport summer attire. Parents, experts learn to shrug it off.No matter how long cold weather drags on this winter, or how much snow continues to fall, 12-year-old Matt Reedy knows what he'll be wearing to school next week.
Voters to weigh in on cab fares, guns in restaurants
Referendum on an elected school board fails to make citywide ballotChicago voters will get a chance to weigh in on raising taxicab rates, banning guns in restaurants and bars, and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, but it's the question residents won't see on the March 18 primary ballot that's gotten a lot of attention at City Hall.
GOP governor race tightening
Rauner's support drops to 36%; Dillard's doubles to 23%The Illinois Republican governor's race is tightening, with Bruce Rauner leading and Kirk Dillard surging as the candidates head into the final days of the campaign trying to peel away support from rivals and recruit undecided voters into their camp.
On O'Hare noise, a few complainers speak volumes
Monthly high number follows changes in flight patterns from additional runwayMore than half of the 3,405 noise complaints filed in January by Chicago residents near O'Hare International Airport came from just five households.
Chicago State president's salary reduced
University trustees cite new state pension law while extending Watson's contractChicago State University trustees extended President Wayne Watson's contract Friday and also reduced his salary to comply with a new state law that lowers the amount public university employees can earn if they are drawing a pension from a prior state university job.
Yik Yak app disabled in Chicago amid principals' worries
Local high school educators concerned about cyberbullyingIn the years since learning that her daughter had been bullied on the Internet, Sandy Reeves has made a point of following social media trends and tracking new apps where teens can hurl insults at one another.
U. of C. says it's deferring to Obamas on library
President should pick Chicago location, university official saysThe University of Chicago has been working behind the scenes to get competing factions to collaborate on a unified bid to build the Obama presidential library in Chicago, but U. of C. officials said Thursday that they won't select a neighborhood for the library — the president and first lady will.
Sled hockey team cheers on Paralympic peers
Athletes with disabilities battle on the ice at home for local titleThe RIC Blackhawks headed for the ice, primed for sled hockey battle.
Rabbi Daniel Moscowitz, 1954-2014
Leader of Lubavitch-Chabad movement in IllinoisRabbi Daniel Moscowitz was an energetic force in Chicago's Hasidic Jewish community, overseeing the Lubavitch-Chabad movement in Illinois and helping to establish 37 Chabad centers around the state.
1927 athletic club proves fit for luxury apartments
Lake Shore Drive landmark saved, though much of its interior is notEven as Northwestern University dismantles the concrete shells of the old Prentice Women's Hospital, preservationists can take solace in a nearby victory: the freshly renovated Lake Shore Athletic Club, a former jock palace that once housed a running track, a pistol range, a bowling alley and a swimming pool where Olympic gold medalist and Tarzan movie star Johnny Weissmuller trained.
High school reading: Classics or contemporary?
Love it or loathe it, Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" has served as a rite of passage for high school students for generations.
10 Democrats vie for Cook water board
Crowded field for agency that deals with sewage treatment and floodingThe perks of winning a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board are enticing: $70,000 a year for a part-time job that comes with the use of a county car and the power to hire two full-time staffers and one part-timer, all to oversee a little-scrutinized agency that cleans wastewater and tries to prevent flooding.
Robert A. Barstatis, 1940-2014
Dad to 14 children, foster parent to hundredsRobert A. Barstatis, a former training instructor for Xerox Corp., retired early and started a management consulting firm out of his home nearly 20 years ago.
Collar counties to wait on gay marriages until June 1
Despite Illinois attorney general's letter, county clerks wary of granting licenses before law takes effectOfficials in Chicago's collar counties still plan to wait until June to begin granting same-sex marriage licenses, despite a statement this week from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that the state's current restriction on gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Fugitive in 1996 fatal DUI case back in custody
South Korea native who fled U.S. in '98 is extradited, handed over to Bartlett policeCharged in 1996 with driving drunk and killing a woman, Chicago businessman Kyung Ho Song posted a low bond, liquidated assets worth more than $1 million and slipped out of the country to his native South Korea. For years he lived openly there in a glass-and-concrete suburban high-rise.
Wesley E. Rose, 1925-2014
Retired Wheaton building officialWesley E. Rose was the city of Wheaton's building inspector and director of building and zoning at a time when new subdivisions were blooming in profusion on farmland on the city's outskirts.
City Information – Chicago
Home to nearly 2.7 million residents, Chicago is the largest city in Illinois, third largest in the U.S. and most populous in the Midwest. So it is only natural that events in Chicago have further reaching implications that just in its geographic area.
It also is Midwestern, often called the Heartland of the country; still provincial in some minds, certainly when compared with its larger “sisters”, New York and Los Angeles. In Chicago News we tend to give you those news items more unique to Chicago than the larger megalopolises – less sophisticated, perhaps, and more like what would be reported in your local news media.
These items of news often tell more about an area than the natural disasters, mass murders and violent demonstrations often common with large, metropolitan areas. Chicago is home to many varied interests and ethnicities. It is a true “mixing pot” of immigrants, neighborhoods tightly bound with similar backgrounds and heritage, and opinions as strong as the myriad of culinary aromas that waft through the enclaves.
Chicago is home to many different occupations, necessary to fulfill the role chosen for it by the rest of America. And it has filled those roles admirably, from slaughterhouse to railhead to patriotism, sports, culture and even corruption. Chicago has many faces, some seen, and some always hidden. But the mixture has given Chicago a texture not enjoyed by most other large cities. “My Kind of Town”, “Second City”, “Windy City”, “That Toddlin’ Town”: Chicago has many names for its many faces. And from Oprah to Obama Chicago has contributed as much or more to the fabric of our country from its diversity than almost any other city.