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.
May 16, 2011 For many high school and college seniors, graduation is a time of new beginnings and harsh realities. Their thoughts are turning to money — for tuition, rent and credit cards. The choices they make now about debt and finances could be with them for years to come.
March 26, 2011 Advocates in Chicago say schools there should address school violence in their curriculum before students are shot or killed. This might help students cope with the violence. "Being shot at but not murdered or being stabbed and not killed happens at a rate 120 times higher than the murder rate among adolescents," one expert says.
March 25, 2011 Teens growing up in dangerous neighborhoods are more likely to become targets of violence. Members of the CeaseFire program in Chicago aim to reduce shootings and killings by patrolling the streets to intervene on potentially violent situations.
March 22, 2011 Seven years ago, a social worker in Chicago created Becoming a Man, a program that tries to curb violent behavior by offering young boys mentoring through counselors and peer group workshops. A critical element of the program involves students discussing their feelings.