October 31, 2011 It's map-drawing time as cities and states create new political districts. In Chicago, where blacks left in droves during the past decade and the Latino population rose, city leaders are redrawing the boundaries of the 50 wards. What's at stake is representation and political clout.
August 23, 2011 Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel served two presidents, represented Illinois in Congress, and on Tuesday, will mark his 100th day as mayor of Chicago. He promised early to put his own mark on Chicago as he took on the city's challenges. Some think he's succeeding.
July 28, 2011 Former White House adviser Rahm Emanuel is no stranger to tough negotiations. And as Chicago's new mayor, that's where he finds himself now. Faced with a daunting financial hole next year, the mayor has proposed laying off hundreds of city workers.
July 5, 2011 The state of Illinois is at an impasse with some faith-based agencies that provide adoption and foster care services with public funds. Now that civil unions are legal in Illinois, one Catholic Charities agency has dropped its adoption service altogether rather than place children with gay couples.
June 15, 2011 John Coltrane's N.Y. home, Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, Bear Butte mountain in South Dakota, and Fort Gaines Civil War fortress in Alabama all made the list, issued annually by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
June 9, 2011 The Chicago theater company founded in 1988 calls its work "theater without a net." It has long been dedicated to performances of new works that involve enormous physical demands of its performers. On Sunday, Lookingglass will receive the 2011 Tony for best regional theater.
May 28, 2011 Right in Tornado Alley, the staff at the National Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., keep a constant watch on the skies. The weather experts track signs of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes and issue the first alerts. This week's harrowing weather even had some of the storm center's staff heading for shelter.
May 24, 2011 After 25 years on the air, Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television, brings her show to an end Wednesday. Chicago will miss its iconic talk show host; Winfrey brought the city plenty of attention — and money — over the years.