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COLUMN: A BELOVED BOOKSTORE OWNER IN DIXON, ILL., DIED ON THANKSGIVING. ‘IT'S A HOLE THAT WILL BE REALLY HARD TO FILL.'

Larry Dunphy always swore that he'd never retire from the bookstore he ran in the small town of Dixon, Illinois, vowing instead to...

COLUMN: ALAS, THE ERA OF THE CHICAGO GANGWAY IS COMING TO AN END

Slowly but inexorably, the age of the gangway in Chicago is passing away. For those who dwell where it's already over - or perhaps...

 
 
 

COLUMN: FOR THREE DECADES, CORWIN MARBLY HAS RUN THIS CHICAGO FOOD PANTRY, OFFERING THANKSGIVING BASKETS AND ABIDING BY HIS FATHER'S RULE: ‘ANYBODY WHO CAME TO HIS DOOR GOT SOMETHING'

In 1939, the Rev. Henry Marbly, the new pastor of St. Matthew's Methodist church on Chicago's Near North Side, held his first Thanksgiving...

COLUMN: TELL THE PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE BORED, MAYBE TRUTH WILL BE IGNORED. A NEW TRUMPOEM ON THE IMPEACHMENT HEARING

This is the latest in my occasional TrumPoems, chronicling key moments in the presidency of Donald J. Trump, always based on his words...

 
 
 

COLUMN: HOW TO WARM UP A COLD DAY? TALK TO A STRANGER

On Friday morning as I rummaged through the so-called “news” cluttering the junk drawer of my mind, I received a text from a friend...

COLUMN: TONIKA JOHNSON BRINGS HER ACCLAIMED FOLDED MAP PROJECT HOME - TO ENGLEWOOD

The Englewood Branded store is 800 square feet of positive thinking on West 63rd Street on Chicago's South Side. The shop sells T-shirts,...

 
 
 

WHEATON COLLEGE STUDENT EVANGELIST AND A RADIO HOST TESTIFY IN FIRST AMENDMENT CASE, SAYING CITY OF CHICAGO KEEPS THEM FROM SPREADING THEIR MESSAGES IN MILLENNIUM PARK

A student evangelist and a local radio host testified in Chicago federal court Thursday that they should be allowed to carry their...

COLUMN: THE CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE IS OVER AND, FINGERS CROSSED, CHICAGO IS BETTER FOR IT

Chicago's schools came back to life Friday and even with the freaky Halloween snow still on the pumpkins, the city felt like itself...

 
 
 

COLUMN: IT'S THE SEASON OF ALL SOULS. INVITE THE DEARLY DEPARTED IN

We're living in the season of the dead. From the last day of October through the early days of November, we, the currently living humans,...

COLUMN: A SPEECH THAT SAID CHICAGO'S HELL, EXCEPT, OF COURSE, FOR TRUMP'S HOTEL. A NEW TRUMPOEM

This is the latest in my occasional TrumPoems chronicling the presidency of Donald J. Trump, based, as always, on his own words and...

 
 
 

INVESTIGATORS FIND CHICAGO COP HAD ‘RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE' IN FATAL SHOOTING OF FLEEING TEEN. BUT OFFICER CAN'T BE FIRED BECAUSE RULING CAME TOO LATE

The Chicago police disciplinary authority has ruled that an officer was unjustified in the 2011 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man...

CHICAGO POLICE BOARD EXPECTED TO RULE TONIGHT ON WHETHER OFFICER ROBERT RIALMO SHOULD BE FIRED

The Chicago Police Board is expected to rule Thursday night on whether Officer Robert Rialmo will be fired for one of the most divisive...

 
 
 

COLUMN: CHICAGO SMELLS LIKE WEED. AND IT'S NOT EVEN LEGAL YET

A lot of people have been wondering lately what Chicago's going to look like once pot shops open up in the state. Will the Magnificent...

FACEBOOK POST INTERPRETED AS THREAT AGAINST UIC NOT CREDIBLE DANGER, UNIVERSITY SAYS

Officials said there was no reason to believe there's any danger after what people interpreted as a threat on the University of Illinois...

 
 
 

CHICAGO-AREA ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS PLAN DEMONSTRATION MONDAY DOWNTOWN

Hundreds of climate change activists were expected to gather downtown Monday afternoon to rally for environmental concerns and demand...

COLUMN: ALMOST FAMOUS AND LONG FORGOTTEN, MIDWESTERN ARTIST GILBERT WILSON, IN DEATH, IS FINALLY GETTING HIS DUE

By the time Elizabeth Schultz arrived at the big red Kentucky barn to rescue Gilbert Wilson's paintings from oblivion, the artist was...

 
 
 

COLUMN: HURRY BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, BERNIE SANDERS. AMERICA NEEDS YOUR POSITIVE VISION OF THE FUTURE

Bernie Sanders is taking a break from the campaign trail. It's not because he wants to, it's because he has to. Sanders, who is seeking...

UNIDENTIFIED BODY FOUND IN CHICAGO SANITARY AND SHIP CANAL IN STICKNEY

A body was found Monday morning in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal in Stickney, police said. State police have launched an investigation...

 
 
 

FOUR TAKEN TO HOSPITALS AFTER NORTHBOUND CTA BUS CROSSES LAKE SHORE DRIVE, CRASHES INTO TREE ON SOUTHBOUND SIDE

At least four people, including a CTA bus driver, were taken to hospitals Monday afternoon after a CTA bus crossed from one side of...

COLUMN: UNTIL HER DEATH AT 100, CHICAGO ARTIST PEGGY LIPSCHUTZ LOVED TWO THINGS: ART AND POLITICS

“I have two loves,” Peggy Lipschutz once said, “art and politics - politics being people, what happens to people.” Lipschutz loved...

 
 
 



Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

The block keeps a 16-year break in federal executions in place for now. Read more ...

Jury: Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer in 'pedo guy'...

Jury: Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not defame British cave explorer in 'pedo guy' tweet

An attorney suggested the cave explorer should be awarded $190 million in damages. Read more ...

President Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records

President Trump asks Supreme Court to shield banking records

President Donald Trump and three of his children are asking the Supreme Court to shield records held by Deutsche Bank and Capital One from House Democrats. Read more ...

'Someone would die today': Boy, 2, abducted in Georgia, Amber Alert says

'Someone would die today': Boy, 2, abducted in Georgia, Amber Alert says

A 2-year-old boy, Sean McGay, was abducted Friday in Fulton County, Georgia, an area that covers part of Atlanta, according to an Amber Alert. Read more ...

'Dad Bods and Rescue Dogs' calendar raises money for animal rescue

'Dad Bods and Rescue Dogs' calendar raises money for animal rescue

A dog rescue has teamed "dad bods" up with adorable pooches to create this holiday's must-have item. Read more ...

At least 3 killed, gunman dead in shooting at Naval Air Station in Florida

At least 3 killed, gunman dead in shooting at Naval Air Station in Florida

Authorities say three people have been killed in a shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Read more ...

GOP Rep. Hunter Says He Will Resign 'After The Holidays,' Days After Guilty Plea

GOP Rep. Hunter Says He Will Resign 'After The Holidays,' Days After Guilty Plea

The California Republican congressman's resignation marks a dramatic change in fortunes for the son of a once-powerful member of the House Armed Services Committee. Read more ...

Ford recall: Truck tailgates can open unexpectedly

Ford recall: Truck tailgates can open unexpectedly

Ford says water can get into the electrical wiring and cause a short circuit, activating the switches and releasing the latches. Read more ...

White House won't take part in House Judiciary impeachment hearings

White House won't take part in House Judiciary impeachment hearings

The White House will not participate in future House Judiciary Committee hearings that are designed to outline evidence in support of President Donald Trump's removal from... Read more ...

UPS employee who died after truck was hijacked was covering route for...

UPS employee who died after truck was hijacked was covering route for another driver

The UPS employee was a 27-year-old father of two young girls. Read more ...