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11选5图标下载 Sunday, July 19

Gapers Block


Easy Mistake to Make, Jeb

11选5图标下载Presidential candidate on the decision not to indict the police officers who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice yesterday, saying, "I think that Chicago's got a lot of work to do to rebuild trust. The level of violence is abhorrent." When reminded that the Rice case was in Cleveland, he said, "I'm sorry, my bad."

Emanuel Cleans up CPD, Fails to Clean up Snow

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel a aimed at deescalating confrontations and reducing the use of deadly force. Meanwhile, last night discovered that his sidewalk had not been shoveled.

Holiday Travel Sucks

11选5图标下载More than at O'Hare and Midway yesterday, stranding thousands in the terminals. One guy who was allegedly stuck at O'Hare for 50 hours (really? more than two days?) gave up and .

Short Vacation

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel is early following the police shooting death or Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones.

Two Killed by Cops

It's hard to wrap one's head around yet , this time of a teenager and a neighbor who was .

More Gacy Discoveries

Remember11选5图标下载 the call for DNA samples from people who believed their family had been killed by John Wayne Gacy? The results have .

Paste'em Up

11选5图标下载Technically, it's illegal to place ads on city property -- as in, a concert poster on a lamppost -- but it's rarely enforced. However, (the local communist press) is after it was fined $350 for hanging posters for a documentary screening, potentially paving the way for flyers all over the place.

No Sandra Bland Charges

A grand jury in Texas where Chicagoan Sandra Bland died. However, the jury reached no decision regarding charges against the officer who arrested her, and will to continue deliberation. Not surprisingly, Bland's family was .

Heaven, He Needs a Hug and a Reality Check

11选5图标下载R. Kelly "HuffPost Live" earlier today after the show's host asked him about the of his on his career.

Finally, a South Side Trauma Center

The University of Chicago Medicine that it will on its Hyde Park campus, canceling plans to on a trauma center at Holy Cross Hospital on the Southwest Side.

23 Makes Good

Michael Jordan split his $8.7m settlement from Dominick's into throughout the area, among them the and

Here's everywhere he donated, should you care to be like Mike:

Poor Police Treatment on Trial

A federal judge ruled Monday that out of his cell amounted to "brute force," in a civil suit brought be Coleman's family. Meanwhile, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke in Cook County.

"Police perjury is so common here in Chicago that we call it testilying."

11选5图标下载Salon reports on in which State's Attorney Anita Alvarez chose not to prosecute an officer who admitted to lying on the stand.

But Sure, More Guns Will Totally Make Us Safer

A sleeping patron from North Dakota when awoken. He was eventually escorted by security to his room at the Public Hotel, where the police met him later.

Behind the Badge

"For the citizens of a community to trust the police, they have to know that they aren't being systematically lied to." on Chicago's relationship with its police force.

More Videos Emerge

The City , but Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez does not plan to charge the officer who shot him (the , though). Meanwhile, yet another video shows a suspect being in 2012. When does that federal probe start?

Our Changing Opinions on Guns

The Supreme Court , five years after the and just a year and a half after an appeals court within city limits.

Rogue Cop

Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, of a a decade ago, the Tribune reports.

Dart Loses Backpage Battle

11选5图标下载 in his attempt to shut down Backpage.com, a site where "adult services" are listed. Dart says Backpage is facilitating prostitution and sex trafficking, but an appeals court ruled that the site is protected under the First Amendment.

McCarthy's Out

Mayor Emanuel last night. In a news conference this morning, he said, "The public trust in the leadership of the department has been shaken," and announced that a task force has been .

UofC Shooting Threat Suspect in Custody

A UIC student is of the mass shooting threat at University of Chicago that canceled classes today. that the suspect made his threat in a comment on WorldStarHipHop on Sunday, prompting another site visitor to notify the FBI.

The U of C to Close Tomorrow in Response to Online Threat

The U of C is in response to "an online threat of gun violence" in the main quad.

Another Video

broke news of being considered for release in the courts. Mike Fourcher about it this morning.

Justice Served?

As the of the video in the Laquan McDonald case, the officer involved in the shooting will be , according to anonymous sources. Meanwhile, Supt. McCarthy announced his intent to , the officer who was acquitted in the off-duty shooting death of Rekia Boyd (previously).

Chicago Eye on Paris

Photographer Jon Lowenstein happened to be in Paris during last week's terror attacks. He shared some of the with Chicago magazine.

The Death of a 9-Year-Old

Lots of people on Facebook are sharing a admitting they killed a 9-year-old because they thought he was snitching. You'd be forgiven if you thought it was , and also if you found this incredibly depressing.

Lincoln Towing Takes Heat

After a driver taunted and berated a long line of concertgoers whose cars were towed while at a concert at the Aragon -- and then assaulted and tried to run over a cyclist who tried to talk some sense into him -- Ald. Ameya Pawar is threatening to . (Previously.)

Judges Receive Death Threats

Five Cook County judges saying they're on a "kill list." Ten years ago11选5图标下载, Judge Joan Lefkow's mother and husband were murdered in her Andersonville home.

Don't Fly to LA

11选5图标下载You might be profiled as a drug dealer. DEA officers searched Issa Serieh as he exited a plan from Chicago to Los Angeles, and confiscated more than $30,000 in cash without charging him -- apparently simply because he had .

Hastert Pleads Guilty

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert after pleading guilty to a federal financial crime. Since no one will take the stand, the details will remain secret, but anonymous sources have said he was hiding bank withdrawls from authorities in order to pay hush money to a former student.

Bears Finally Block Something

The 's imperial march to the lake shore was -- by the need to reach an agreement with the Chicago Bears, who hold a lease on the parking lot the museum plans to build on.

Big City Showdown

11选5图标下载BuzzFeed ahead of the Cubs-Mets NLCS with a "who does it better" quiz.

Don't Drink & Ride

after a late-night fight on a bus last week.

Least Competent Criminal?

11选5图标下载Unless he's been framed, is probably going to have a talk with police soon. Last night several following the Cubs game with graffiti that included his .

Still not Murder Capital

On The heels of the in more than a decade, the Washington Post and the rest of the country in terms of gun-related deaths.

Florida Man Unlikely to Win Election

, a Libertarian candidate for senate in Florida, announced today that he had in fact in order to gain success in the election. Invictus (not his original name) has a law degree from DePaul University, and in 2013 in which he renounced his US citizenship as well as his law degree and pretty much everything else.

Devastating September

September was the , putting to change things fast.

How Mobile Advertisements Cost Us

The NYTimes tested and found that the Trib was among the worst. On an LTE 4G network, it took an average of 12.9 seconds to load the Trib's front page, 9.5 seconds of which was due to advertisements. That means it costs a typical mobile user 9.5 cents to load the ads, and only 3.4 cents for the content.

Surprise Date with a Corpse Flower

Alice, the Chicago Botanic Garden's other11选5图标下载 corpse flower, . The garden will be open till 2am tonight and 8am to 7pm tomorrow for your stinky viewing pleasure. []

Come Sit Next to Me, You Fine Fellow

Among this year's class of is , SAIC professor and visual artist; , a computational biologist and professor at U of C; and , President/CEO of

Food for Thought

11选5图标下载If you break out of jail, for not preventing your escape.

The Pirates Lose One

11选5图标下载, hated by anyone who's had their car towed by them, was -- and the driver who did the towing got a ticket for talking on his cellphone as he reached the tow lot.

New Top G-Man

Michael J. Anderson, head of the New Orleans FBI office, is to run .

News Flash: Chicago's not Cheap

11选5图标下载A new report ranks Chicago between Tokyo and London as the . The good news is, we're also . Whet Moser takes at how UBS arrived at their numbers.

Bringing Back the Girls

A University of Chicago PhD student is and women captured by ISIS who are being sold as sex slaves.

Moms vs. Facebook Beef

11选5图标下载Moms who took to the streets of Englewood to prevent gun violence are now for threats of violence.

Treating the Trauma

A after years of protests calling for one to better treat victims of gun violence.

Manly Methods

Freakonomics took an in-depth look at how programs like help kids and ultimately stop problem behaviors.

Crazy for Corgis

The latest attempt to organize a corgi beach meetup in Chicago , and the Facebook event is no longer publicly accessible.

On the Market

Open air and evade police as dealers duck into nearby businesses when they come by.

Public Versus Private

11选5图标下载Residents of public housing say private security companies .

Tragic Discovery

11选5图标下载Investigators in a lagoon in Garfield Park.

Nice to Tweet Us

Apparently Chicagoans , according to a study by Twitter which must be accurate because computers are great at detecting sarcasm.

Vatican Idol

11选5图标下载Pope Francis to him after she told him about being bullied at school for having a rare skin condition.

No Business Like Meow Business

11选5图标下载Leave your boring desk job behind and

Fire in Piper's Alley

A fire in Old Town reportedly but spared the theaters in the multi-level complex.

Candid Cop Camera

CPD is during a heated exchange caught on camera.

Born-Again Romantic

Notorious "dick lit" star Tucker Max is leaving his douchebaggery11选5图标下载 behind for a new turn as a .

Caitlyn in Chicago

11选5图标下载Caitlyn Jenner will make her Chicago speaking debut at a Chicago House .

Number One

The , or at least where people get the most tickets, tend to be by public transit and areas with lots of bars.

Not Cool

11选5图标下载Someone is in West Humboldt Park.

Optimizing Officers

Data scientists at U of C are analyzing police behavior to f so that it can be prevented in the future.

Lies and Misdemeanors

11选5图标下载Adultery is , although the law is not enforced.

Chicago's Heroin Crisis

An is causing a surge in demand for already-strained treatment programs, while budget cuts mean state funding will likely decline.

Back on Trial

A reputed gang leader who previously won $25 million after serving 16 years for a wrongful conviction is on the Northwest Side.

Spy Games

Records released by the Chicago Police Department revealed they .

Restarting the Presses

11选5图标下载Time Out Chicago will be in the fall.

Caption King

Local lawyer Larry Wood won the New Yorker11选5图标下载 caption contest a record-setting six times; he shared some with Chicago Magazine.

Digital Beef

When gang members , tweets can turn into bullets.

Air Show Tragedy

11选5图标下载Army after he was injured in a skydiving accident during the Chicago Air & Water Show.

Comedy and Tragedy

While funny people flock to Chicago, many as they battle for the few paying gigs in the city.

More Bricks for the Wall

11选5图标下载Bricks from Wrigley Field and old Comiskey Park of Tribune Tower, but should be stuck in there as well, writes the Beachwood Reporter.

The Two Chicagos

11选5图标下载In , Curious City takes a look at why poverty is more concentrated in African American and Latino communities.

Defending the Mob

A cowboy hat-wearing lawyer who once defended mob bosses and hitmen is now from a life sentence.

Big Dog

Manny the Frenchie went from being the runt of the litter to one of .

A photo posted by Manny The Frenchie (@manny_the_frenchie) on

Map It Yourself

11选5图标下载Many of Chicago's neighborhoods don't have "official" boundaries designated by the city; ?

Taking Stock of Stop-and-frisk

Chicago police agreed to or pat them down, even if the interaction doesn't result in an arrest, as part of an agreement with the ACLU.

Dangling Kicks

There are around the city, and over 6,000 pairs were removed over the past seven years, reports Curious City.

The Green Beat

The Sun-Times' new site Extract from across the country.

So Intense You'll Only Need the Edge

The Onion's new series takes on Vice's expletive-laden, gonzo approach to covering world news.

Taken to the Pipe Cleaners

"Rogue plumbers" operating without licenses because they have no frame of reference for how much it should cost.

Hate at the Beach

11选5图标下载A directed at a woman and her children by a white beachgoer after the kids "splashed" her at Oak Street Beach.

The Warden Will See You Now

11选5图标下载If Cook County Jail is the largest mental institution in the country, it makes sense that .

In Good Times and in Bad

11选5图标下载A Chicago couple's apartment ; a already passed its goal of $5,000 and is approaching the $10,000 mark.

Fatal Figures

11选5图标下载Chicago police shot and killed 70 people between 2010-2014, which is , according to the BGA.

Origins of Hate

A former white supremacist shares as a teenager in Chicago.

Latest Violence Thinkpiece

11选5图标下载Rolling Stone examines the cycle of violence in Chicago with a look at how a basketball star's killing .

What to Do When You See Blue

11选5图标下载Know by the police, courtesy of WBEZ.

More "People You Should Know"

The Jewish community site Oy! Chicago full of people working to make the world a better place.


11选5图标下载If it bleeds, it may have been , who races to for local TV stations.

Sandra Bland's Death Investigated

11选5图标下载Texas Rangers are , who officials say committed suicide in a jail cell after being detained for assaulting a public servant.

Pretty Pluto

11选5图标下载NASA released high-resolution images today of Pluto and its moon, the planet no more that was discovered by in 1930, sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft. Tombaugh's ashes were even on the spacecraft as it passed the planet, allowing the man to meet his discovery. You can watch a live stream of NASA's analysis of the photos via the Guardian .

One More Step

Former Tribune correspondent Paul Salopek is on an eight-year walk from Ethiopia to South America, and is to support the storytelling mission.

Flower Power

11选5图标下载One man's campaign to aims to encourage the state to protect its threatened ecosystems.

Back On the List

11选5图标下载After escaping from prison, Joaquin "El Chapo" once again.

The Grey Line

Undercover tactics used to catch American terrorism suspects writes Mick Dumke in the Reader.

Time In

Time Out Chicago is .

RIP Lucky Cordell

Legendary radio DJ Moses "Lucky" Cordell .

Print is the New Black

11选5图标下载A federal judge ruled Cook County Jail's newspaper ban .

Good News in Englewood

11选5图标下载As , signs , and other efforts came together, the 4th of July weekend in Englewood was free of violence.

Mapping Tragedy

A put together by DNAinfo marks the location of every killing in the city since 2005.

Rebooting the Homepage

11选5图标下载Moderators of Chicago's local Reddit page as Reddit itself faces an upheaval from users upset with its new moderation policies.

Nothing to Marvel At

The "Marvel Experience" after the tour's organizers canceled all of its stops.

Post Mortem

The Sun-Times' former Homicide Watch editor Michael Lansu .

To Serve and Pass Protect

11选5图标下载A video captures two Chicago police officers , tossing a football and giving one a chance to use their intercom.

Fired for Firing

A Chicago police officer who shot 16 times at the wrong car and then provided false information about the incident in 2011 should be fired, uncovered by the Reader, the first time the authority has recommended such action.

Home Office 'Hoods

DNAinfo takes a look at in Chicago.

Finding Acceptance

A Hyde Park transgender couple social media campaign.

Cops MIA in Court

When cops miss court appearances for people they've arrested, the charges are dropped, which some

Love Wins

The celebration of is sure to continue at .

Down on the Corner

Federal investigators in connection with running an open drug market in Lawndale.

From Symbols to Systems

11选5图标下载Focusing on the Confederate flag or the N-word , writes Felonious Munk.

About That Word

11选5图标下载After President Obama used the N-word during an interview, writer Britt Julious .

Photo Paper Trail

The Sun-Times uncovered an arrest report documenting how a young man in a simulated hunting photo.

Not Supreme

11选5图标下载Lupe Fiasco in the wake of the Charleston shooting, noting some of the ways whites .

Burying the Lede

11选5图标下载Visiting the Sun-Times online to get to the story.

Police Shooting in Focus

A Chicago cop in a dashboard camera video from 2013 released recently by a retired judge, reports the Chicago Reporter.

Hot Tempers

Fusion examines the in violence.

In Vitro Custody Battle

A woman can who now objects to her using them, a court ruled.

When in Doubt

Instead of trying to distinguish fireworks from gun shots,, police say.

Slow Down

11选5图标下载FiveThirtyEight measures how programs .

Cloud Hacker

Personal and nude photos of famous women may have been leaked online last summer by a South Side man and others .

For That Special Someone

A student accidentally to his teacher as a gift on the last day of school.

Cutting into Bone

Chicago and shift their focus to national issues, writes Scott Smith.

Bloomingdale Trail Opens with Three Mile Long Festival

11选5图标下载It took Chicago a few years to build it, but this weekend you can celebrate The Bloomingdale Trail and the associated 606 park system. Details for the festival abound at the . There will be food, art installations, a ribbon cutting and dance lessons just to kick things off.

Nailed It

A suburban man can check "back a car through a garage door" .

Check Your Ticket

11选5图标下载Someone who bought a Mega Millions lottery ticket in Blue Island .

To Boldly Go

William Shatner will on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

The "Bloomingdale Trail"

With opening this weekend, DNAinfo wanted to know what people will call it. The poll may be a thoroughly unscientific, but it's telling that, at time of writing,

We're Number 7 Among Global Cities

Chicago ranks number 7 on the 2015 conducted by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The index of 125 cities measures how globally engaged each city is across 26 metrics in five dimensions--business, human capital, info exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement.

"If not me, who?"

A veteran drove to Chicago to after reading about its sorry state online.

No Rest from Violence

Last year, anti-violence efforts like #SaveChicago helped the city - this year .

Violence by the Dashboard Light

11选5图标下载A shootout in the street in Albany Park was from a car parked nearby.

Shots Fired

Amid a growing national conversation about use of force by police, the Reader takes an , all of which were ruled to be justified.

Creep Map

NBC Chicago put together a map of in the Chicago area.

Three 360° Videos from The Grid

Today GB's documentary video series, The Grid, features three 360° videos shot with a special six-camera rig. The videos, which let you point the "camera" in any direction, are about the April 28th demonstration at the CPD headquarters, droning in the Chicago Park District and the Art Institute's recent MFA show.

"I've never heard of anything like it."

In a , University of Chicago Crime Lab co-director Harold Pollack compares recent events in Waco, Texas, with gang violence in Chicago.

To Sleep and Protect

A Chicago cop was while on duty in West Englewood.

We're That Junky?

The Emanuel administration to refinance $383 million of the city's debt after by two levels to junk on May 12. The refinancing would have been part of a plan to reduce the level of variable-rate debt to a fixed rate.

Don't Forget the Sunscreen

will bring the red-haired and those who love them to the suburb of Highwood. ()

@POTUS Breaks Twitter (Record, that is)

11选5图标下载Last night, President Obama demolished for the fastest time to reach one million followers on Twitter with of his personal account, . The account reached one million followers in . #recordbreaker

She Lit Up the City

12-year-old Emily Beazley, whose battle with cancer inspired many in Chicago and beyond, .

Police Have the Internet, Too

A reputed gang leader was arrested after he , which as a convicted felon, he's not allowed to do.

Drones in the News

The Illinois State Police are in some vague way that they swear won't be surveillance. Meanwhile, the Chicago Park District is seeking to in the city's parks without a permit.

A Lot of Junk

On Tuesday, Moody's Investors Service . They followed up Wednesday by to junk status, too.

Hunger Games

11选5图标下载A Lakeview woman whose "Tinder Games" went viral to get men to send her food - and why she deleted her account.

Math Still Fuzzy

Chicago Magazine revisited its investigation alleging Chicago police routinely reclassified crimes so overall statistics would show crime going down, and .

And the Replacement for Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital is...

11选5图标下载... . For comparison, take a look at , and, of course, .

If You See Something, Tweet Something

A man accused of trafficking a 16-year-old girl was arrested after the from a student who saw the girl in an ad.

Let's Not Be Cops

A man who was arrested for posing as a police officer as a teenager is accused of this time driving around wearing a bulletproof vest.

Private Eyes

11选5图标下载Some communities are , funded by additional property taxes paid to "special service areas."

TSA's Worst Nightmare

A 63-year-old , was caught loitering at O'Hare without a ticket recently.


Hundreds of demonstrators showed solidarity with those in Baltimore and , marching from CPD headquarters on the South Side to Hyde Park.

Mixed Message McCarthy

CPD Chief Garry McCarthy is going on a to meet with residents to hear their concerns and build trust between police and the community. Meanwhile, McCarthy also said that the criminal charges of brought against Det. Dante Servin in the Rekia Boyd case would "" as officers might be more hesitant about using their guns.

This is Not a Game

11选5图标下载Tonight's White Sox game versus the Orioles was postponed amid the Freddy Gray protests in Baltimore. The Sox , and Orioles COO John Angelos .

Two-Way Outrage

Comedian discovered a two-way mirror in the women's bathroom at in Berwyn. Jezebel's Karyn Polewaczyk .

(h/t )

Do No Harm

An Illinois-based drug manufacturer to prisons.

A Bad Sign

Someone is posting "bum bait" signs in Wicker Park

Obama Library Obstacle Lifted?

Cassandra Francis, head of , Tuesday, potentially paving the way for the .

Not Guilty

A judge for the shooting death of Rekia Boyd in 2012.

Fanning the Flames

The Great Chicago Fire Festival on the river was, you may recall, a bit of a bust. City Council and Redmoon are to make sure it's better this year.

RIP 100

Chicago's was recorded on Wednesday. It took 12 days longer to reach that milestone last year.

That Stolen Check Came Due

A Dept. of Transportation clerk pleaded guilty to between 2008 and last year.

City Paying Up

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel is supporting an ordinance for victims of torture under former Chicago police commander Jon Burge. Meanwhile, the City is also paying the families of , as well as ruined by basement flooding.

Unapproved Travelers

11选5图标下载Trespassing incidents at O'Hare, including a guy who rode his bike across the runways, are among the detailed in an AP investigation

Don't Use Brown for Your Green

11选5图标下载It's one thing to be dumb enough to try to mail pot from Colorado to Chicago. It's another to do it twice -- and .

Making Memories Pay

11选5图标下载Jason Narducy and his band , the shop that announced it after the state's RFRA law passed. Instead they bought $100 of pizza from the other pizza place in town, and fed it to the gathered journalists. Meanwhile, people have threatened Memories and , leading to the owners closing the pizzeria for the time being.

Road Hazard Ahead

11选5图标下载In Fuller Park on the South Side, thieves are near legitimate construction zones and .

Wrong Direction

11选5图标下载Dunno if you heard, but this week, possibly due to , Malik's manager. As a result, Chicago startup , no relation, .

Coffee with the Cats

The is gearing up to break ground on a doozy of a cat house (no, not that kind of cat house). It's an that will also host a cafe where you can interact with adorable cats up for adoption!

Yellow Pleads No Green

Yellow Cab is after losing a $25.9 million verdict in a wrongful injury case. It probably won't affect you very much, but it does mean the woman left with severe brain damage after an accident won't receive much money.

Chicago Student Beaten at UVA

Martese Johnson, an honors student from Chicago, required 10 stitches after being beaten by University of Virginia police during after allegedly using a fake ID to get into a campus area bar. His violent arrest led to and a for an investigation.

Hot Sauce Savior

An Orland Park man had a seizure and blacked out after trying some super-hot hot sauce while on vacation, and an MRI at the hospital . Once home, the cancer was removed at Northwestern Memorial, and he's expected to make a full recovery. []

The Price of of Police Misconduct

Dan Weissman did a two-part story for "Marketplace" looking at in Chicago and why the CPD doesn't seem to ask itself ?

A History of Library Land Acquisition Fights

The LA Times compares the controversial plan to site the potential Obama presidential library on Chicago Park District property .

14 Percentage Points Apart

In case you're looking for an article about the mayoral race written for a national, rather than local, audience, .

No Bombs on the Train

After searching more than 2,600 bags and packages on CTA train stations over four months, and made one arrest -- of someone who refused to submit to a search.

Body Slam the Intruder

Lee Varon, co-owner of pizza place with his wife, Lisa Marie Varon (aka WWE Diva ), easily subdued a man who came into the restaurant's kitchen with a gun Saturday night. of the incident.

"Soundless as Dots -- On a Disc of Snow"

While it's nice to watch warm temperatures melt the snow away, people aren't so pleased about the .

Galena Oil Train Explosion Triggers Concerns

A train of carrying 103 tanks of crude oil derailed while on route to the Chicago area, prompting everyone from Senator Durbin, the state's Emergency Management Agency director and environmental activists . You can check via the environmental group .

Charged for Undercharging

11选5图标下载The former owners of an electric car-charging company were after failing to deliver on their contract to build charging stations in Chicago and elsewhere.

United States of Curiosity

Curious City founder Jennifer Brandel is spreading the show's curiosity-driven journalism .

Happy Pulaski Day

CPS schools are open but most County and City agencies are closed today to honor the very local holiday .

Towering Inferno It Was Not

A fire broke out on the last night. Fortunately, it was put out quickly and no injuries were reported.

CPD's Black Site

11选5图标下载An investigation by the Guardian in Homan Square where they are interrogated and denied access to attorneys.

Clout Quantified

of the most influential Chicagoans puts Mayor Emanuel on top.

An Old Soul?

11选5图标下载A 5-year-old Cincinnati boy claims that he was a woman who died in a fire at a Chicago residential hotel in 1993.

What the Woof?

of yesterday's widely-reported theft of a minivan full of dogs reveals that the driver was not carjacked by two men, but that the car was taken while unlocked and unattended.

Puppy Jacking

Two men owned by -- with six customers' dogs still inside. UPDATE: , with all the dogs cold but safe.

A Brutal Connection

An investigation by the Guardian alleges a Chicago detective who used brutal methods to solicit confessions from suspects .

Families Yes, Teens No

11选5图标下载The Chicago Ridge and Ford City malls are on Friday and Saturday nights unless accompanied by adults in order to encourage a more family-friendly atmosphere.

Snow Crash

11选5图标下载Yesterday's lake effect snow caused a on the Kennedy inbound express lanes. Twelve people went to the hospital.

The Father, the Strad, and the Cosa Nostra

11选5图标下载A former prison chaplain is on trial for revealing the location of a Stradivarius violin once owned by Liberace.

Hired Truck Hired Again

11选5图标下载A company owned by one of the central players in the was from the blizzard.

Drew Peterson Back in Court

11选5图标下载Drew Peterson allegedly to kill the state prosecutor who put him in jail for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Busy at the Bean

Over last year, according to the City.

Drinkin' More than Water at Stickney

A police officer at the Stickney Water Treatment Plant accidentally revealed the existence of in the plant while giving a new officer a tour. The officer, now suspended, also used quite a few racial slurs, leading Water Reclamation District to launch a broader investigation of employee behavior.

Cop Stop

and got stuck on the unplowed side streets yesterday, thanks to a batch of two-wheel drive SUVs purchased a few years back.

Deep Dish Does it Again

11选5图标下载Professional eater Pat "" Bertoletti, whose Taco in a Bag restaurant will in Lincoln Square, won the 23rd annual , devouring 444 hot wings in three rounds.

Protecting Their Paws

has started a to help pay for .

Counting Those in Need

Hundreds of volunteers Thursday - last year over 6,000 people were found in shelters and on the streets.

Our Privatized Metropolis

Rahm Emanuel is escalating the pattern started by his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, in selling off parts of the city to private enterprise. In These Times is being sold to bulk up the city budget.

Guv in a Crash

11选5图标下载 in the Loop yesterday: two vehicles crashed at Michigan and Randolph, and one of them hit the governor's SUV, which was waiting at the light. He was not injured.

Grisly Business

11选5图标下载An FBI raid of the Biological Resource Center in Rosemont may be connected to an operation in Detroit that was .

Killed, Then Sued

Heather Mack, the Oak Park teen who is about to stand trial in Indonesia for the murder of her mother Sheila von Wiese Mack, is her uncle, the executor of her late mother's estate, for money to pay for her legal defense.

Still Pissing People Off

Piss Christ11选5图标下载, the controversial photo by Andres Serrano of a plastic cross in a jar of urine, is thanks to the Charilie Hebdo attack and subsequent opinionating about . So far, nobody's brought up , but it's just a matter of time.

We Appreciate Your Cooperation

11选5图标下载Federal prosecutors are for for two top Chicago drug dealers because of their "unparalleled cooperation" in informing on their confederates.

Good Neighbors

Neighborhood groups and strip clubs don't usually get along, but the Albany Park Neighbors gave an award to the Admiral Theatre

Texts for Tots

11选5图标下载New parents could and city services through a new program proposed by the City.

Treating the Epidemic

of the city's population, according to a study, which also said anti-violence campaigns should imitate outbreak containment efforts.

All the Hail at Once

11选5图标下载A massive ball of ice -- aka a megacryometeor -- of a Ravenswood Manor home last week.

Bright Idea

Three men were stopped in Portland, Maine with , which they bought using a Maine subsidy with the intention of selling them in Chicago at a profit. They would've gotten away with it, too, if they hadn't left it parked in front of a federal courthouse for too long.

When it Rains, it Pours

Some nearby Acuras were engulfed in salt when a wall at the plant this afternoon. No word on new markdowns at the dealership. (No injuries were reported.)

West Ridge Hate Crimes

was in the Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park Sunday night. Police are investigating.

Encyclopedia of Jerks

is accepting nominations for its ; guys blocking the El door, bike ninjas, and Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers are .

Rock & Brawl McDonald's

11选5图标下载A broke out in the Rock & Roll McDonald's Saturday night; it was captured in a posted anonymously on YouTube.

It Could Happen to Anyone

Mayor Emanuel's son was while walking near their home in Lakeview Friday night.

Grand Theft with Auto

Thieves are and steal as much as they can in a matter of minutes in "crash-and-grab" burglaries.

No More Free Parking

Three politically connected companies will near the United Center, where they've parked cars for years without paying rent.

Doctors Under Fire

Chicago doctors smuggle medical supplies into Syria and wounded by the country's civil war.

Jobs Stop Bullets

Summer jobs programs from low-income areas, according to a study.

Pumped Up Goths

11选5图标下载Catalyzed by a local DJ, the movement

Does Your Conscience Bother You?

The police officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" on his car's PA during a protest last weekend ...in some unspecified fashion.

Otter Know His Name by Tomorrow

You have till Thursday at 2pm to of the Shedd Aquarium's orphaned otter . The winner will be announced Friday.

Rape Allegations Rock Uber

Police are that an Uber driver raped one of his passengers. Coincidentally, on Monday Uber was following the report of a rape by one of its drivers there. UPDATE: Uber has from service and is cooperating with the investigation, the AP reports.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Activists are suing to find out whether Chicago police. (Previously.)

Lowest Rated

24/7 Wall St. based on its poor credit rating, unemployment, housing market, and decreasing population.

Suffering in the System

A Tribune investigation sheds light on run by the state and

Camera Mounted Police

Some Chicago cops will slated to begin within 60 days.

Garages Hacked

11选5图标下载Customers' credit card information was affecting ten parking garages in Chicago.

Breaking the Silence

Two Chicagoans share their story of by two off-duty cops.

All of the Lights

11选5图标下载Estimated crowds of Saturday for the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival and parade.

Chinatown Extortion Busts

11选5图标下载Members of one of Chicago's were . It's unclear whether there's any connection to the and other restaurants owned by chef Tony Hu.

Saved from a Pancake

11选5图标下载Two women and a dog were in Washington Park that "pancaked" after a .

Less Room in the Middle

The number of Chicagoans living in middle-class neighborhoods , with more people living in affluent or poor areas instead, writes Whet Moser.

Doing Good in the Neighborhood

Meet a few in the city.

Beyond the Numbers

While the number of homicides is decreasing citywide, . Photographer Carlos Ortiz on Chicagoans.

Bad Cop, Bad Cop

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is pushing for a cop who has been suspended seven times and arrested four times to

Best & Brightest

Chicago Magazine's selections for include the Jackie Robinson West Baseball Team, Latino activist Juan Andrade, Sister Rosemary Connelly, author Stuart Dybek, and nonprofit founder Amy Lehman.

No Return for Andersonville's Water Tower

Well, sort of. The iconic water tower of Andersonville will be , as the original was too badly damaged last winter to be repaired. Instead, the old tank will be broken up into souvenirs by its owner, the .

Fighting for the Right to Go Topless

11选5图标下载A Japanese woman is after she was fined for going topless at North Avenue Beach on this summer. A judge last month so that she could challenge the city's ordinance in the name of equal gender rights.

Video is NSFW, obviously.

Chicago Innocence Project Tarnished

, after Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez against him in a 1982 murder case. Simon was convicted after confessing to investigators with the , but it was later determined that his conviction was coerced. It's another black eye for Northwestern and former professor David Protess; the organization's predecessor, the Medill Innocence Project, was shut down amid allegations of falsification and coercion.

Zombies in the Water

11选5图标下载Zombies and other ghouls are floating around Lake Michigan after high waves .

Otterly Important

Sure the elections just happened, but Chicago is in the international news for the .

Cleaning Crime Scenes

11选5图标下载When violence or accidents cause blood to be spilled in public places, ," using copious amounts of water to wash it all away.

Only the Best

Newcity released its annual, with shout-outs to , the at Simone's, and .

Ghost Story Busters

CuriousCity Resurrection Mary and the "alley of death and mutilation."

Rappin' & Crackin'

11选5图标下载The FBI in Chicago and Indiana -- including members of a rap group called -- for allegedly .

Demolition Men

Inmates from Cook County jails on (unpaid) work release are helping cities .

Request for Comment

Sun-Times reporters are petitioning the newspaper's owners to open up about the .

Citizen Cardinal

11选5图标下载Chicago's new Archbishop Blase Cupich will , living in the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral instead.

Poor Taste, Poor Judgment

11选5图标下载Yesterday, amid of alleged serial killer in Darren Deon Vann, CBS2Chicago.com published an about a "severed body" being found under the Loop el tracks.

Not from Potbelly's

A Cook County Jail guard and three inmates and their wives and girlfriends were charged with , which features a they hoped would conceal the contraband.

The Great Chicago Myth

Residents of Lafayette, IN have long believed that former residents of Chicago's projects were the cause of increasing violent crime and drugs in the area. In a two-part investigative report, the Lafayette Journal-Courier shows .

Making Up for Lost Time

After a year of covering the impact of false imprisonment on people who've been released from jail, Alison Flowers reflects on

Cartoons vs. Consent

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times apologized for publishing a syndicated cartoon that and 'maybe' means 'yes.'"

Data of the Dead

11选5图标下载Investigators are trying to identify some of Chicago's poorest residents , and then forgotten, from the 1850s to the 1910s.

Full of Ideas

11选5图标下载kicks off today, featuring events highlighting big-picture insights from speakers like Captain Richard Phillips, George Lucas, and Sean Combs.

Lewis Relinquishes Control of CTU

Karen Lewis has as head of the Chicago Teachers Union. Lewis has been hospitalized since Sunday for undisclosed reasons; CTU Vice President Jesse Sharkey is filling in until Lewis recovers.


11选5图标下载Graduates of the University of Chicago came in second in a

What a Home is Worth

WBEZ's Susie An tagged along with an appraiser to see .

Building Legal Bridges

11选5图标下载The Chicago Law Bulletin of the Cook County Circuit Court's Mandatory Arbitration Center, a Polish-American who helped organize a judicial exchange between Cook County and Poland.


11选5图标下载CNNMoney , including 3D printers and robots.

"Lion of War" Apprehended

A 19-year-old Bolingbrook man was as he attempted to fly to the Middle East to join ISIS.

We Know Where You (Really) Live

Gawker shows -- even if people living beyond them claim to be residents of the city. On the other hand, the map actually exorcizes huge chunks of the city and adds Oak Park...

List of Love

11选5图标下载Lest we all forget, Buzzfeed helpfully assembled a list of "."

Burge's Legacy

As former CPD Commander Jon Burge is released from federal prison, torture victims and some aldermen are .

Forgiving Words

11选5图标下载Writers are during the Jewish days of repentance as part of a special series on Oy!Chicago.

Living Below the Line

11 percent of Chicago residents -- less than half of the federal poverty level -- according to the Chicago Reporter.

What's the Big Idea?

11选5图标下载RedEye is through an online contest offering mentorship, advertising, and more to the winner.

Crime Seen

New York Magazine and his mission to tell a more complete story of violence in the city.

Arson Shuts Down ORD & MDW

11选5图标下载The skies above Chicago were eerily quiet this morning after an closed O'Hare and Midway to flights for several hours. Flights have resumed at a "."

RIP Sheldon Patinkin

11选5图标下载Improv pioneer Sheldon Patinkin, who was a mentor to many comedians and a member of the group that spawned The Second City, .

Our Kind of Mess

11选5图标下载Despite rating the city as one of the worst when it comes to crime and taxes, even if money was no object.

The Auctioned Life

11选5图标下载A wide range of items from , including pieces from his art collection and the cups and balls magic trick .

Economic Flat Line

11选5图标下载Median income in Illinois .

Whose Bones are These?

11选5图标下载Someone in Minnesota sent to the Japanese Embassy in Chicago.

Dangerous Perceptions

, according to a YouGov poll which found more Americans think the city is unsafe than any other city in the U.S.

A Home for Every Vet

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel announced a plan to .

Walk the Skyline

Acrobat Nik Wallenda wants to , at night and without a net, in November.

"The African-American Burge"

That's how the lawyer tracking the offenses of Commander Glenn Evans recently with excessive force after allegedly sticking his gun in the mouth of a suspect.

Soul Searching

Washington Post reporter Lonnae O'Neal Parker returned to the South Side of her youth to .

Indie Office Chairs

Furniture company Herman Miller is using Chicago-based design platform to find furniture .

Greening the Rails

An unused rail line in Englewood similar to The 606 on the North Side. See also "The Area," Gapers Block's award-winning short documentary about the Englewood neighborhood of the same name that's being demolished to make room for a new rail yard.

Welcome Home

11选5图标下载Chicago ranked as in a study of moving company United Van Lines' customers.

Prank it Your Way

After Burger King mistakenly listed the phone number of a local man as the contact for one of its branches, he .

Ink from the City of Wind

TimeOut collected pictures of some of the .

Droning On

While photographers have captured some compelling images by flying drones above the skyline, it's still .

Top Hardware

Ted Allen reflects on , where the service is brusque but you always find what you need. []

Charting the Skyline

While Crain's wonders whether in the Loop, the Tribune shows from the 1850's until today.

Covering Violence

Crime coverage in Chicago reflects Kari Lydersen, while Justin Glawe as they covered the violent Fourth of July weekend.

Bleeding Cubbie Blue

11选5图标下载A woman while trying to jump from one rooftop deck to another during Friday's Cubs game. Amazingly, she only .

Waste Nothing

A salvage operation based on the South Side helps

Church Debris Kills Woman

A piece of stonework fell from the Second Presbyterian Church in the South Loop and of two as she .

Behind Boundaries

11选5图标下载A man suspected of being a bank robber dubbed the "No Boundaries Bandit" by the FBI is and 13 others.

Hacking for Good

From to , civic-minded hackers use technological know-how to help their community.

Blue Eyes

CPD is attached to officers.

Tragedy in Context

11选5图标下载The number of murders between January and August , although there are a higher number of gunshot victims in the city.

Another Celebration for JRW

Following the well-deserved fanfare for Jackie Robinson West's win at the Little League National Championships, one player and his family will be receiving for one year courtesy of a funeral home after .

Water Wars

11选5图标下载The City is to keep it from collecting water fees because the town owes the city over $20 million.

A Not-Legal Approach

11选5图标下载A police commander praised for his "no-nonsense approach" has been stripped of his police powers for

Police Shootings Protests

Hundreds of people of Roshad McIntosh, while some family members of Desean Pittman, another young man killed by police, are

Chicago-born ISIS Fighter Killed

11选5图标下载, who grew up in the Robert Taylor Homes before moving to Minnesota in his teens, was killed in Syria while apparently .

Questioning Police Shootings

Protests sparked by the killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. are inspiring

Cougar Town

11选5图标下载New regulations would, although people can still defend themselves against dangerous wildlife.

So. Hot.

11选5图标下载You asked for it. The heat index in some areas of Chicago today.

Love Unlocked

11选5图标下载Couples trying to mark their love by fastening a lock on a bridge in Chicago like they do in Paris usually find .

I'm Famous Online

is bringing to Rosemont so kids can pay to see their favorite social media stars in person.

War of Words

WGN among the digital chatter by supporters of the extremist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Race and River North

11选5图标下载A River North bar with predominately black clientele was recently tagged with racist graffiti, while its owners are .

Convicted in Sentencing

A drug dealer who when he's sentenced for a different crime, according to the Reader's Mick Dumke.

Birthplace of Billionaires

11选5图标下载 except New York, according to research; it helps if your last name is Pritzker.

Remembering Every Victim

The Sun-Times' Michael Lansu for the Sun-Times' .

Less Super

The Chicago Housing Authority is after receiving criticism for helping low-income recipients live in expensive apartments downtown.

Quiet Skies

11选5图标下载The rare appearance of fog in August on Sunday.

Above the Skyline

11选5图标下载DNAinfo's Jackie Kostek climbed into the cockpit to .

Stolen Jewels

The parent company of Jewel-Osco said .

Where the Guns are Out of Sight

The Sun-Times county by county; Cook has the 96th fewest out of 102.

More for the Dogs (and Cats)

11选5图标下载Officials announced an $8.2 million amid ongoing investigations into claims of .

Digital Pirates

Hackers may have and debit card information.

Crime and Neighborhoods

11选5图标下载While crime is trending down citywide, factors like families, wealth, housing, and immigration may provide insights into whether .

Goo Gone

Alleged patriarch of the Gangster Disciples Johnny "Goo" Herndon and more than 30 others were on the West Side.

Violence Beyond the Numbers

Columbia Journalism Review , including efforts to tell stories beyond crime scene photos and murder statistics.

Red Hot Humboldt

11选5图标下载Redfin listed Humboldt Park as one of America's "red hot" neighborhoods due to

Terrorizing the Suburbs

11选5图标下载A 19-year-old suburban woman was at the Jefferson Park station at 11pm recently because she didn't have enough money for a ticket home. While that's apparently against Metra policy, NBC 5 felt the need to cite Chicago's "violent summer" to somehow make this seem like a dangerous situation.

Back on the Beat

150 cops who usually do administrative work are high-crime areas on the South and West sides.

Their Chicago

Fifth-graders from the South Shore , partially addressed to the media, saying "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home." []

Printing Paper

11选5图标下载Spinning off the Tribune and other newspapers into Tribune Publishing as they try and find their way in a digital media environment.

Bringing the Ebola Outbreak Home

A Chicago family is amid the Ebola outbreak. Chicago's hospitals are , and O'Hare is scanning international passengers for the virus, just as they did .

Father & Son Killed Days Apart

Samuel Walker Sr., a member of the Vice Lords gang, was yesterday morning in Homboldt Park, less than a week after his 13-year-old son, Samuel Walker Jr., was .

Badge Behavior

11选5图标下载CPD filed against two cops who were eventually convicted of major crimes.

Nothing to See Here

City Council gave the responsibility of campaign finance oversight .

A New Tribune

11选5图标下载The Tribune is website on Friday.

from on .

Busting the Outfit

Charges filed against a crew with suspected mafia ties and eventually arrested them for crimes including home invasions, armed robberies, burglaries, arson, insurance fraud, and prostitution.

We're So Chicago

Many Chicagoans are taking to social media to

George Lucas Announces Architects For Lakefront Museum

George Lucas selected , Chicago's Jeanne Gang and China's Ma Yansong, to design the on Northerly Island.

Guns and Butter

11选5图标下载While the connection between health and housing issues and crime has been well documented, studies are taking a closer look at .

The Other Museum Campus

The DuSable Museum of African American History, Museum of Science and Industry, the University of Chicago's museums and others have to create the .

How's My Policing?

11选5图标下载The Chicago Police Department is asking for .

Postal Workers Hate Staples

Postal Union members at Wabash and Washington that allows Staples to offer USPS services.

Protective Custody

11选5图标下载A man suffering from schizophrenia gouged out one of his own eyes while detained in southern California for a parole violation, and after he was transferred to Cook County Jail. He's been outfitted with a hockey mask and mittens to prevent further self-harm while in custody.

Stick to "Your Honor"

A man who swore at a Cook County judge was .

The Wire

A City employee at a facility where 4,000 pounds of copper wire worth $21,800 was stolen, according to the inspector general.

"Rosa Parks, Move"

A Rogers Park man was after allegedly spitting on and slapping , a 79-year-old civil rights pioneer, because she was , allegedly calling her "Rosa Parks" during the altercation.

Gone Phishing

Chicagoans whose identities are stolen are also among the biggest victims of .

Unaccompanied Minors

The Archdiocese of Chicago is who entered the country illegally without an adult.

Leave Frank Out of It

I agree with Deadspin, really is one of the so far -- though some of theirs are pretty bad, too.

Pain in Perspective

While Chicago has been among the top three U.S. cities with the most murders since 1985, its murder .

Red Light Heat Map

A map using CPD data in the city. []

Hashtag Solutions

Activists and residents are by posting to Twitter with .

Forgive and Lift Up

11选5图标下载An anti-violence activist is .

Accidentally Imprisoned

11选5图标下载A man visiting his son in Cook County Jail was .

There's More Crime in the Dark

Crime goes up , according to a study commissioned by the City.

No Holiday from Violence

Over and nine were killed over the 4th of July weekend.

Shrinking Middle Class

The wealth gap in Chicago is , with the top 5 percent taking home over 25% of income paid to Chicagoans.

Dark & Stormy

11选5图标下载 and passengers on their way to O'Hare Tuesday morning after a caused flooding and damaged power lines.

Trash Talk

11选5图标下载New rules for dumpsters passed by City Council are the latest example of , writes Mick Dumke in the Reader.

Montrose Beach Shootings

Two women were Sunday night; photographer Todd Diedrich around one of the victims.

Sign of the Times

11选5图标下载Criticism of Trump Tower's "TRUMP" stamp has City Hall considering a on the riverwalk.

The Color of Cook County

11选5图标下载Cook County continues to have the .

Gun on Bus: Two Outcomes

Two guns were found on CTA buses yesterday. One was as he broke up a fight; at least one of the young men involved was arrested. In a separate incident, a passenger found a , and accidentally shot another passenger in the leg.

Number One at the Pump

11选5图标下载With an estimated average of $4.15 per gallon for regular gasoline, Chicago's gas prices .

Crowdsourcing Charity

Inspired by a Northwestern philanthropy course, Bill Gates asked his Twitter followers . What would you do?

Return of the Flash Mobs

11选5图标下载Over a dozen people are worth of merchandise from a South Side store.

Staying the Course

Jenn Gibbons, the woman who went all the way around Lake Michigan on a rowboat to raise money for charity, , this time with fellow fundraisers, on bikes. (Read our profile of Gibbons11选5图标下载 and from 2010.)

No Quotas

11选5图标下载You know how police always deny having a quota on tickets? Now it's really true in Illinois; banning them.

A Big Bust

More than two dozen gang members were on the West Side.

The Best in the Land

is one of .

The New Asylums

11选5图标下载Reporting on untreated mental illness across the country, 60 Minutes visited Cook County Jail, referring to it as the "."

Not Worth Stealing

A robber allegedly held a man at gunpoint and demanded his possessions, but because it wasn't an iPhone or better phone worth taking.

Problems with Pronouns

After for referring to a transsexual person as "it" in conversation refusing to stop using the word "tranny" in an academic setting, he in universities today.

Ignoring Street Fest Suggestions

11选5图标下载 before heading into street festivals across the city.

Purloining Pickles & Packing Peanuts

Four suspects were caught containing pickles and packing peanuts yesterday.

The Stinky Bandit

A man is .

Something Old, Something New

11选5图标下载Same-sex couples can now .

Cash Drop

11选5图标下载You heard about the mystery person , right? Well, now there's . Follow to join the chase.

Unfortunate Irony

An NPR reporter's interview with Englewood residents about their work was interrupted . []

The Gyroscopic Menace

City Council is considering a bill to allowed on tours to eight.

Don't Upskirt

There's already a state law against it, but City Council just passed an ordinance making upskirting -- taking photos up women's skirts -- .

Justice for Jurich & McShane

Four years after beating Stacy Jurich and Natasha McShane with a bat and one year after pleading guilty11选5图标下载, Heriberto Viramontes was sentenced to , and must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

Battling Blight

11选5图标下载The City received over $169 million from the federal government to deal with vacant properties, but as the money was spent on projects all over the map, it's .

No Kids at the NRA Show

11选5图标下载A woman was ejected from the at MCCormick Place for into the show, violating their rule against children under 16.

Putting Everything On the Table

11选5图标下载Conversations about the future of Chicago are taking place all across the city today as part of the including a session on hosted by GB.

Off the Bench

A Cook County judge previously found not guilty of assaulting a deputy because she used the insanity defense was .

Buzzing the South Side

Some South Side residents are upset that a new flight path heading towards Midway Airport is .

Google Bots IRL

A fleet of 500 will be after Google Chicago donated the programmable robots to the Chicago Public Library.

C-Suite Not Sweet on Illinois

11选5图标下载A survey of CEOs behind New York and California.

High Hospitality

11选5图标下载A Calumet Park man is under arrest after feeding a woman and her 1-year-old son chocolate .

The Send-Off

11选5图标下载In Chicago's African-American community there's a growing tradition of before young gussied up couples head off to the big dance.

"A Love Like Coffee"

Mothers from across the city tell the Chicago Reporter ahead of Mother's Day this weekend.

Global Grandparents

A "Speaking Exchange" program uses video chats to at a nursing home here in the U.S.

The Ivory Third Coast

ABC7 on its way to the rest of the world.

Snail Mail Fail

People all over the city are , possibly due to a high amount of turnover at the U.S. Postal Service.

Running Out of Juice

11选5图标下载While Chicago's electric vehicle-charging network was planned to be one of the largest and fastest-charging in the country, thanks to lawsuits and investigations by the FBI.

Plunging from Above

Dozens of people including RedEye's Leonor Vivanco for the .

End of the Lineups

11选5图标下载The Chicago Police Department is to save time and money, and will ask witnesses to identify suspects in photos instead.

The Separate City

11选5图标下载While L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments and history of racial discrimination lawsuits ignited a media firestorm, Whet Moser .

Deadly Wrong-Way on the Drive

11选5图标下载A collided head-on with a taxi on Lake Shore Drive early Sunday morning, and injuring three others.

Lady Titans

Robert Feder , with Tribune managing editor Jane Hirt taking the top spot.

"Journey to Freedom"

Amer Ahmad, the former City comptroller who in an attempt to avoid prosecution for corruption at his previous job as Ohio deputy state treasurer, .

Where Shootings Happen

The Sun-Times using demographic data, showing there's more poverty and unemployment in areas affected by violence, but fewer college degrees.

Crowdsourcing History

When the University of Chicago posted online asking for help translating mysterious notes written on a copy of Homer's "Odyssey" from the 1500s, .

Amer Ahmad Arrested Abroad

11选5图标下载Mayor Emanuel's former city comptroller Amer Ahmad was , days after a warrant for his arrest was issued for violating bail while awaiting sentencing for corruption charges.

Another Push for Pot

11选5图标下载While medicinal marijuana is still rolling out across Illinois, four Chicago-area politicians are .

Step Outside to E-Smoke

11选5图标下载The citywide ban on smoking e-cigarettes in public places indoors .

Silk Road to Ruin

A Dutch man pleaded guilty to after he was charged with federal drug crimes in Chicago.

Recycle Bin for the Whole Computer

It's technically illegal to throw away old computers and other electronics, and since it's Earth Day you might as well .

Feds Join the Fray

11选5图标下载The U.S. Attorney's new Violent Crimes section will use drug, gun, extortion, and money laundering laws to .

Deadly Easter Weekend

11选5图标下载At least nine people died and 32 were wounded in , including in an apparent murder-suicide.

Strong Arm of the Law

Two police officers are being praised as heroes after they spotted a house on fire while on patrol on the Far South Side and convinced two boys trapped inside.

Bank Robber Blues

11选5图标下载While the man suspected of being the Benchwarmer Bandit was , another bank robber is after spending most of his adult life there.

Placing Their Bets

Groups on both sides of the issue weighed in on at a public hearing today.

Everyday Heroes

11选5图标下载Window washers at Lurie Children's Hospital before swinging by patients' windows, bringing a little more light to their hospital rooms. []

Watching the Watchmen

After three Chicago police officers were caught lying under oath, opinions differ over .

Central Standard: On Education

The team behind GB's The Grid has for a nine-week web series about education in the Chicago region. The while they wrestle with the transition to high school.

Sue in Space

Microbes collected from the Field Museum's Sue the T. rex .

Off the Bench

The "Benchwarmer Bandit" is .

Focusing on Fuzzy Math

Chicago Magazine takes an in-depth look at or if they're reclassifying cases so the numbers look better.

Billy Cub Clobbers Fan

Patrick Weier, one of the guys behind the unofficial Cubs mascot , got in with a patron at John Barleycorn who removed his head. Weier .

A Positive Milestone

The number of murders during the first three months of this year , according to CPD.

Put Away That Gun

11选5图标下载William P. O'Connell was the first Illinoisan to have his after he pulled his gun during a property dispute.

Charity for Nonbelievers

Giving nonreligious people is a major goal of the coming to Chicago.

Where's the Late Crown?

11选5图标下载It may not surprise you to learn that 911 calls are answered about than those on the North Side, according to a Sun-Times analysis.

Asleep at the Wheel

"," said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308, in defense of the CTA driver who crashed a Blue Line train11选5图标下载 into the escalator at O'Hare earlier this week. The driver worked 69 hours last week in on-call shifts with no set schedule, Kelly said.

Litigating Tragedy

11选5图标下载A Chicago-based law firm in a lawsuit against Boeing and the airlines, alleging the plane crashed because of a mechanical failure.

Stock Up On Anecdotes

Buzzfeed thinks you , including spray paint was invented here in 1949, Western Avenue is the longest continuous street in the world, and the first automobile race in the U.S. was held here in 1895.

Want to See a Trainwreck?

11选5图标下载The first negligence have been filed by two passengers in Monday's CTA Blue Line derailment, and as a fun bonus, of the crash has emerged.

Breaking the Silence

Federal investigators are bringing new charges and intimidated all the witnesses into not testifying against him.

When Westboro Came to Town

Yesterday's of former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps brought to mind the protest-happy group's past trips to Chicago, most recently visits to , , and to several .

Once Again Seeking Refuge

, the undocumented immigrant who took refuge in a local church, igniting a fierce debate11选5图标下载 over deportation of parents of American-born children, is after allegedly receiving kidnapping threats for her human rights activism in Mexico.

Avoid Lake Shore Drive

11选5图标下载Yesterday's led to as motorists found ways to get off the road. A at Hollywood and Kenmore this morning closed the Hollywood entrance to the Drive during rush hour.

Green-shirted Men Fighting on the Street

11选5图标下载 unleashed by St. Patrick's Day revelers on Wrigleyville over the weekend.

Brown's Chicken Killer Wins Case

One of the men convicted in the Brown's Chicken Massacre case just against the state. James Degorski was awarded $451,000 in compensation for a beating he received from a Cook County Sheriff's deputy as he entered prison to serve his life sentence.

A Family Band of Thieves

A suburban Chicago family is accused of from stores around the country and selling them on eBay.

Keys to Chicago

CNN's interview with GB alum Britt Julious on must-know Chicago facts .

City of Big Tippers

11选5图标下载Chicagoans according to Square, leaving an average gratuity of 16.8% of the bill.

Hair Club for Also-rans

Oscar nominees who fail to get a golden statue may lose hope, but at least they can get some hair back using a from a Chicago surgeon.

Meth Lab Suspect Also A Fan of Breaking Bad

A 21-year-old man is facing charges for a methamphetamine lab for the second time in less than one year, but that's not the best part. The suspect appears in his , representing the fictional fast-food chain created on the television show "Breaking Bad."

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Public Enemy #1

The head of the DEA wants Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to .

Throwing Snowballs: Now A Felony?

11选5图标下载A 13-year-old boy was arrested and charged with a felony for allegedly on Wednesday. The unnamed boy claims the snowball hit the vehicle, not the officer, but the eighth-grader is still facing juvenile court and a five day school suspension.

The Wait is Over

Gay couples can get , following a ruling issued by a federal judge today.

Sickos in the Patch

11选5图标下载If you live near Western and Chicago, keep your eye out for twisted sadists .

Docs' Dumb Endorsement

Doctors in the University of Illinois Hospitals' Chicago surgical department is after in a NYTimes advertisement. Some of the doctors failed to report compensation from the company running the ad, violating U of I's code of ethics.

Ice Cold Flow

A time lapse video taken by photographer Albert Bartkus from a balcony along the Chicago River provides a unique glimpse of the ice as it breaks and flows away. []

Reading, Writing, Manufacturing

11选5图标下载The Walt Disney Magnet School is planning to .

Minority Report?

11选5图标下载CPD says its computer-generated "heat list" identifies the people most likely to be involved in a violent crime, ?

Wet Bandits

11选5图标下载Two men are accused of and causing over $700,000 in damages, apparently after they were denied service by bartenders at the bar there.

Scrapers Break Sheriff's Website

Sites that use code to grab mugshots off police websites (so they can post them on their own sites and charge people to have them removed) have in recent weeks. The "" section of the site now sports a captcha to fend off the bots.

Shrinking Fourth Estate

With Chicago Magazine's barely including any members of the city's media, Robert Feder asks if the .

UIC Profs on Strike

For the first time in the university's history, faculty at UIC plan to .

Rare Number of Shootings

The Chicago police released the official tally for the in the city last weekend: zero. (For the record, the Chicago police do not typically include self-inflicted gunshot victims in their count.)

Thundersnow's Revenge

11选5图标下载Everyone's - which you're well aware of if you're stuck in the around rush hour.

Talking Chicago

11选5图标下载Spanish, Polish, and Chinese are the most common languages other than English in Chicago, and CBS takes a look at .

Good Guy Valentine

11选5图标下载Bartender Peter Vitale to some of the people in need he said he sees on a daily basis.

Foodie Firing Backlash

Over 60,000 people the Chicago woman who was fired for missing a day of work when her child's school was cancelled.

Love Doesn't Always Stink

11选5图标下载The Reader sets aside its usual anti-Valentine's Day snark to .

Love is in the Air

Chicago (and the Hyatt Regency as the second most romantic hotel) in an obviously sound, scientific .

Ex-Cop's Plan for a Torture Chamber

The former Chicago cop who had plans to kidnap and mutilate his victim's genitals in order to seize a strip club also had plans to . The cop's partner who assisted in creating the space said the chamber would "make Stalin proud." Steve Mandell's trial began on .

Chicago Offers Cold Weather Advice to the South

A is scheduled to hit many states in the Southeast today, so to those in the south less familiar with the full spectrum of winter weather.

"Get Well Soon" Writ Large

11选5图标下载Someone carved a visible from several of the hospital rooms inside Rush University Medical Center: "Hi Mom, God Bless U!"

Campus Shutdown

All of the local campuses of DeVry University were closed today .

It's Not Just You

This is officially the .

Fire on the Table

11选5图标下载An ABC7 investigation looks into recent cases of when the oxygen being pumped into them suddenly ignites.

The No-Smoking Wars

11选5图标下载While CVS announced they would stop selling any tobacco products, Walgreens hasn't rolled out similar plans- yet- but instead.

Where the Well-Heeled Walk

11选5图标下载If you get tired of slip-sliding your way through neighborhood sidewalks, take a trip down to the Loop where the .

A Rumble from Down Under

Mysterious vibrations are rattling many Hyde Park residents who , with theories ranging from pipes, to construction, to secret experiments conducted by the University of Chicago underground.

Christie Visits The Windy City

11选5图标下载Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will be on Feb. 11 for a fundraising event. He will also be giving a speech to . His visit is scheduled in the midst of the , upon which the RGA has remained neutral.

Pesky Predictions

The groundhog Punxsutawney Phil and meteorologists agree: in Chicago.

A Positive Dooring

A fast-thinking woman trapped a would-be carjacker by to her SUV.

An End to the Vanecko Saga

11选5图标下载Former Mayor Daley's nephew Richard Vanecko will to involuntary manslaughter for the 2004 death of David Koschman, who died after Vanecko hit him during a drunken fight.

Watch and Learn, Atlanta

11选5图标下载Four to eight inches of snow are. Good thing you never put your boots away.

In the Red

11选5图标下载Supplies at , with polar vortexes and record cold causing blood drives to be cancelled and donors to stay at home. You can find places to give blood through the .

Revenge Porn Hated & Now Soon-To-Be Banned

After Chicago said "hell no" to kingpin Hunter Moore, a ban on revenge porn was . The proposal would make it illegal for post revenge porn on the Internet without consent.

Leaks CPD Style

Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police wants , using audio recorded secretly during the event.

A Real Weather Roller Coaster

Maybe it's just the cold, but this look back at the for snowier (but warmer) days.


From amateur photographers to crime watchers, Chicagoans tuning in to CPD's scanner radio frequency .

20 Million Passengers Traveled Through Midway Airport in 2013

11选5图标下载A record 20 million passengers through Midway last year, an increase of 5 percent from 2012. O'Hare's passenger traffic grew only slightly.

Hot Tips

TV reporters are no strangers to standing outside in ridiculous weather, and their helpful strategies include everything from .

Gang Members Need Not Apply?

The Cook County Sheriff's Office is objecting to an application for a concealed carry permit filed by someone .

Catching More Murderers

Last year, CPD since 2009, improving on 2012's .

Be Nicer to Your Gators

11选5图标下载The woman who left an alligator at O'Hare Airport is facing misdemeanor .

A Fearless Teacher

11选5图标下载Chicago native Lexie Kamerman was educating young women in Afghanistan when she was on Friday.

Should Unions Get Their Dues?

11选5图标下载A suit filed by Chicago-area in-home care providers will get its day in the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices will decide .

Conceding to Robbers No Longer Guarantees Safety

Even after handing over his cell phone to two robbers, Kevin Baker was while walking home from school. The 19-year-old Harold Washington College freshman .

Not So Untouchable

11选5图标下载Two aldermen announced that they after crime-fighter Eliot Ness. Jonathan Eig notes that , despite the film depiction.

Ex-Cop Kidnaps to Seize Strip Club

In the ongoing pre-trial announcements11选5图标下载 about ex-cop Steven Mandell, emerged that Mandell planned to kill two targets in order to take over their lucrative strip club. The Chicago Tribune had created that will now continue to grow.

NATO 3 Head Towards Trial

With the trial of the NATO 3 set to begin next week, prosecutors , although they still face terrorism-related charges for allegedly planning attacks during the 2012 NATO Summit.

Shining Light on the Darkness

The Archdiocese of Chicago is handing over thousands of pages to attorneys representing the victims.

Idiot-Proof Locks

A would-be robber broke the lock on a Wicker Park bar, but - despite the sticker marked "PUSH" on the outside.

Old Man v. Winter

Police responding to reports of shots fired in the west suburbs found an elderly man was of his house to knock them off.

A Reversal of Fortune

11选5图标下载The Atlantic looks at the .

Silver-Lined Pipes

When the pipes froze in a Chicago couple's house, they while repairing them. []

Shorts Weather

11选5图标下载As soon as the temperature gets above freezing, people and take a ride on the Red Line.

Top Dogs

11选5图标下载Labrador retrievers are the most popular dogs on the North Side, while South Siders prefer pit bulls, according to .

Cutting Threads

Threadless and closed its Lakeview store. []

Too Many Weathers

So the arctic cold is gone and the snow is melting, but that water and rain together means , or at least in that one spot where you have to cross the street.

Strong Tech Turnout at CES

11选5图标下载A music maker, custom pinball machines, and smartphone-controlled blinds to the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Dibs Destroyer

11选5图标下载A Humboldt Park woman to stop people from claiming "dibs" on street parking spots they cleared of snow.

Snow Removal Complaints Piling Up

11选5图标下载If your street is still covered in snow, you're not alone. , city aldermen have been receiving hundreds of side-street snow removal complaints this week. Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams said he's limiting salt use to manage the city's supply.

Gruesome Ex-Cops' Kidnapping Plan

Two former Chicago cops were about plans to mutilate a kidnapping victim's genitals. Moments before their kidnapping attempt, the two were arrested. Last year11选5图标下载 one of them was also accused of planning to extort and murder a local strip club owner.

Facebook Flare Up

Neighbors' in this week's cold weather escalated to tickets, police visits, and eventually a Cook County commissioner calling her an "asshat."

A Few of our Least Favorite Things

Losing your dibs, extra-corrupt politicians, and festival season made Buzzfeed's list of .

New Police Torture Allegations

11选5图标下载In his first public interview, a Chicago man shed light on his until he agreed to be a drug informant. He was working on a documentary about the Jon Burge torture scandal at the time.

Big Booty Dreams

A Chicago woman is the . []

A Lesson in Legal Action

The dispute (previously11选5图标下载) between Chicago State University and a faculty-run blog critical of university administrators continues, with the school now .

Record Few Fire Fatalities

Only in fires in Chicago last year -- fewer than ever before in the recorded history of the city.

A Real Shitstorm

11选5图标下载Some intrepid workers braved the snow, but no one can work through in the Leo Burnett building downtown. UPDATE: it was only water and dust.

Never too Cold for a Cold One

11选5图标下载While the bitter cold seemed to keep people from or outside, things stayed busy across Chicago as many workers with the day off made the most of their free time.

Chill Your Dibs

Some heated disputes are breaking out in the cold as Chicagoans continue the pastime of .

It's Still in the Mail

The Sun-Times' Mark Brown says Chicago Rep. Monique Davis in 11 years.

Meaty Tweets

A petition calling on to is circulating , thanks to an effort .

CPS Schools Stay Closed Tuesday

As a result of the , Chicago public schools will .

When Life Gives You Snow...

An Andersonville man took advantage of this winter's snowy weather by .

Holes in Their Numbers

Chicago's Department of Transportation often and responding to 311 requests, while also keeping inaccurate records to make their performance seem better, according an audit by the Office of Inspector General.

No Work and All Play

Chicagoans trapped at home are , like throwing boiling water into the air where it instantly turns into steam.

The Cutest Thing You Can't See

11选5图标下载A , but it will be kept out of public view for its first few weeks. There are still plenty of and posted online to quench your thirst for cuteness, though.

Upright and Frozen Position

Passengers on sat on the tarmac and waited for an open gate at Midway Airport for over three hours Thursday, on such delays.

Dibs Begins

RedEye looks back on alongside Chicago's snow-covered streets.

Concealed Carry Coming

become available online Sunday -- and businesses will be expected to to keep guns off the premises.

Doogie Whoser?

11选5图标下载A 9-year-old girl after her mother went into labor at their home.

Saying Goodbye, Hello

As we remember the , the area's latest resident was .

Take a Penny, Leave Your Car Behind

11选5图标下载The CTA is continuing its tradition of . Also: there will be no cabs, so don't even try. []

Inspiring Smiles

An oral surgeon made it his personal mission over the past 12 years to .

Fresh On the Books

11选5图标下载A new year means a , including legalization of medical marijuana, , and a statewide ban on talking into a cell phone while driving.

Fire in Pine Yard

A fire in the Chinese restaurant in Evanston early Sunday morning.

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Second Screen Surgery

11选5图标下载A University of Chicago plastic surgeon , allowing him to look at X-Ray and MRI images without looking away from his patient.

Sipping the City

The New York Times' Steve Radcliffe , but falls short of an authentic Chicago experience by . He tried malört at Scofflaw.

New Life for Yule Trees

Sooner or later those Christmas trees will have to go, and than tossing them to the curb.

Booming from Behind

11选5图标下载Dennis Rodkin points out that despite a much-hyped spike in the retail market, home prices in high-foreclosure neighborhoods where the biggest gains are taking place .

Biking Bills

With the City continuing to roll out Divvys, protected lanes, and other bike-friendly measures, a fair question remains: ?

Best Gift Ever

The Sun-Times' Tina Sfondeles shares the story of a local man who lost 40 pounds in two months so he could .

Nothing Is the Same

The Drake hotel's signature bright pink neon sign was replaced with a more reliable, energy-efficient LED version, but the . Does it matter?

Check Your Old Jacket Pockets

11选5图标下载Sold in Chicago almost a year ago, a lottery ticket worth $250,000 and another worth $100,000 still haven't been claimed, and will in the next couple of weeks.

Something Borrowed, Something New

From a Target in the Sullivan Center downtown to a Walgreens in an elaborate Wicker Park bank, Curious City looks at how -- and why -- .

Ah, Memories

Remember the "goddess of the train," human heads at O'Hare11选5图标下载, and alleged ninja attacks? TimeOut Chicago revisits some of the .

As My Guitar Weeps

Bluesman Eric 'Guitar' Davis was the , killed while sitting in a car in the South Shore neighborhood.

Dot Whatever

With Internet domains set to expand beyond the usual .com, , writes Sandra Guy.

What Are We Looking For?

Chicago's were "Paul Walker" and "Blackhawks" according to Google. When it came to Chicagoans asking "what is" and "how to," both "What is twerking" and "How to twerk" were the most popular.

Beyond the Ball Drop

The Reader rounds up some of the .

Government Grinches

11选5图标下载Federal agents are this holiday season as they hunt for fakes and forgeries, including everything from Blackhawks jerseys to Ferrari hair dryers.

CPD Controversy

11选5图标下载Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields is alleging that at least two arbitrated police contracts were "." On the other hand, don't believe Shields is so trustworthy himself.

EveryBlock Returns

Comcast is , which was shut down11选5图标下载 ten months ago after it was bought by MSNBC.

Mega Money

11选5图标下载The Mega Millions jackpot is -the second-highest total ever- for the drawing on Friday.

Murdered Lottery Winner's Estate Settled

The family and widow of Urooj Khan, who was poisoned last year right after winning the lottery, have to split his estate. Part of the agreement is that neither side may sue the other for wrongful death unless new evidence as to who did it comes forward.

Out with the Old, in with the New

11选5图标下载While bargain hunters at Dominick's across the city, job-seekers replacing the closing grocer.

Digital Kids

11选5图标下载CPS wants to , while also providing computer courses for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Don't Glass and Drive

Proposed legislation would while driving in Illinois.

New Media, Old Media

Hyperlocal news site DNAinfo.com debuted a weekly print edition for Lincoln Park that's .

Drink to Never Forget?

11选5图标下载 for an advertising "bombs and Kamikazes" on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The bar and Twitter, as well as .

Long Walk to Chicago

11选5图标下载From rugby boycotts to divestment, the Tribune .

Bars for His Windows

Former Republic Windows CEO Richard Gillman was after pleading guilty to stealing more than $500,000 from the company.

Hacking the City

Urban explorer Bradley Garrett while climbing to the tops of Chicago skyscrapers.

Moving is the Worst

When one woman moved from New York from Chicago the moving company and demanded thousands of dollars in additional payment.

Hot Pockets

11选5图标下载Undercover officers to watch out for pickpockets and other thieves as people head to the shops to do their holiday shopping.

Good Tidings

Two Chicago servers from , an anonymous group that has left quite a bit extra to others around the country.

Pension Reform Passes

The Illinois legislature that saves the state an estimated $160 billion dollars. Labor groups are planning to .

A Gr8 Mystery

A strange, text-speak message on the side of a school in Woodlawn . See if you can decipher it: "Lol :) liv / do u kno y? / gr8 com cr8s gr8 ppl / a ______ jrny sts w/1 stp/ me2+u2=we2."

Disney's Hermosa Home

Walt Disney was born in Chicago in 1901, and his boyhood home at may soon dedicated to his early life.

Little Black History Books

11选5图标下载Mother's and other bars along the eastern edge of Division St. , even if much of the history made there is of hookups that people may want to forget.

A Confusing Statistic

Despite increasing national attention to gun violence and killings here, Chicago is on pace to have have.

A Big Hairy Deal

In another step towards Peace on Earth, a referendum by the International Brotherhood of Real Bearded Santas may between Santas with real beards and those with artificial ones.


11选5图标下载Chicago's South Shore Drill Team , performing to an EDM song while wearing Tron-style costumes.

An Awkward Return

11选5图标下载Some of the photographers laid off from the Sun-Times as part of an agreement made between the paper and the Newspaper Guild.

You Can't E-Smoke in Here

An ordinance backed by Mayor Emanuel would , since they currently are allowed in smoke-free areas.

How to Speak Chicagoan

11选5图标下载While "selfie" was selected as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year, RedEye's Mick Swasko , like: Ventrapocalypse, Divviot, and O'Halligator.

Brace for an Arctic Blast

11选5图标下载With a coming our way this weekend, it might be a good time to , to prepare for winter, or at some local stores.

Siats Ruled Before Sue

11选5图标下载Scientists from the Field Museum that sat atop the food chain in North America well before Sue -- or any other T. Rex for that matter -- ever existed.

Street Cleaner Curiousity

11选5图标下载Curious City takes a closer look at in Chicago.

Bid on Gate 23

Michael Jordan's mansion in Highland Park is today. If you've got a couple million handy, you could be the lucky owner.

The Greatest Revenue Generator

A World War II veteran who just turned 100 years old somehow .

Forced to Serve

A South Side landlord allegedly until they served him, working every day of the week at different jobs and giving him every cent they made.


11选5图标下载President Obama, granting them both the country's highest civilian honor.

More Ventra Problems

The is launching a as a fare payment system for the Chicago area. Ventra was instituted to meet a bill signed by Gov. Quinn requiring Pace, Metra and CTA to use a universal fare system. Cubic, Ventra's parent company, has a long history of problems.

Time for Bow Control?

Archery is (and across the country), thanks to the Hunger Games movies.

Le Chicago Caution

11选5图标下载The French Foreign Ministry is telling its nation's tourists to .

Hoping for a Change

Arrested 396 times, one woman is after she was released from prison this week.

Watching the Air Down There

11选5图标下载Following demands from the Environmental Protection Agency, near the piles of petroleum-byproduct petcoke on the Southeast side.

Colonel Tribune Goes Rogue

Hackers targeted another Chicago media outlet, this time run by the Chicago Tribune. They're back under the Trib's control now.

Goddess Rides the Red Line (NSFW)

Red Line trains were briefly delayed on Saturday by calling herself the "goddess of the train." She until police removed her from the train at Granville.

11选5图标下载As , "maybe these incidents are happening because people aren't getting the quality mental health care they need." Artist Justin Younger took the incident as inspiration for .

Hacking the Futures

, the largest futures exchange in the world.

Bound by Tragedy

People whose lives have been touched by violence in Chicago share their stories in a new book () put together by DePaul University students who .

No NUTJOBs Allowed

Over 5,000 vanity license plates are officially banned in Illinois, and including "IMDRUNK," "BRKNWND," and "FOBAMA."

What Leaks Beneath

An investigation by NBC 5 found there are throughout Chicago, contaminating land like a patch .

A New Drug War?

Lawyers for the City are considering a for understating the addictive nature and overstating the benefits of opiate-based painkillers in their marketing.

Say Something for Willow's Sake

11选5图标下载Followers of have no doubt been moved by the shelter's loving crusade to help , who recently was found near death in an alley. The brave pooch is slowly improving, thanks to generous donations (), but they could use some and advocates of their "Say Something" campaign to aid neglected animals.

Get a Shirt and a Warm Fuzzy

11选5图标下载As they've often done when disaster strikes, is offering up a for those who are looking for a way to help out people in the Philippines who've been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. 100% of net shirt proceeds from the sale of the tee will be donated to . (You can also donate to nonprofits like the , and .)

If You Build It...

11选5图标下载Only 2,000 people in the entire State of Illinois launched in October as a part of health care reform.

Street View Robbery

A Chicago man admitted to for robberies, getting a 360-degree view of them before breaking in.

Crime-Fighting Restaurateur

Last week, owner Jason Chan who allegedly stole a customer's iPhone, while awaiting police.

Flossin' Sue

11选5图标下载A Sun-Times reporter was there to capture the scene the Field Museum's famous Tyrannosaurus rex.

Higher by a Spire

11选5图标下载The Sears (ahem, Willis) tower will , after the ruled One World Trade Center's antenna will count as part of its height, making it 1,776 feet tall once it's finished to Willis' 1,450 feet. Without the antenna, One World Trade Center's height is only 1,368 feet.

Sinking City

A water main break in the middle of a road on the South Side.

Police Shooting Protests

Activists and the family of a man who was unarmed when he was are calling for a federal investigation into the case after Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said she would not bring charges against the cop.

Man vs. Wind

DNAInfo's Josh McGhee visited a practice of Thanksgiving Day Parade volunteers as they to prepare for the parade.

Tourist not Shot on Mag Mile

11选5图标下载A Texas man claimed he had been on Saturday night, but police determined it must have happened elsewhere (and was ) when no shell casings or broken glass were found near where the incident supposedly occurred.

Great Recession Blues

Greg Hinz writes that Chicago's financial situation than every other major U.S. city except Boston and Detroit.


The family of a French man who weighs over 500 pounds has been stranded in Chicago for a week ; they're now planning on taking a ship back to France.

Eat Your Greens

Federal authorities in Detroit hidden in a truck of frozen vegetables bound for Chicago.

A Lawsuit Built for Two

A cyclist who was riding a rented tandem bike when he was doored and then hit by a car is , including $350,000 from the rental company for not providing him with a helmet or training on safe riding.

The Apartment of Lost Puppets

An investigation by a local documentarian uncovered in two Wicker Park apartments. (Previously.)

First Class

A group of Marines heading home from Afghanistan as they headed through O'Hare to their connecting flight, on which seven First Class passengers vacated their seats so the soldiers could take them.

Worst Getaway Ever

11选5图标下载The driver of an allegedly stolen SUV on Belmont yesterday -- then executed the you're ever likely to see. []

Lockup Losses

A jury found the city and several CPD officers in 2004 while she was in lockup, awarding her family $1 million in damages.

No Quake

11选5图标下载When people in the western suburbs felt the ground shake, it wasn't caused by an earthquake as many suspected, but rather was .

Fat, Fluffy Beats

11选5图标下载As part of a performance by Swedish electronic duo Dada Life, over 3,800 people crammed into the Aragon pelted each other with pillows, for largest pillow fight.

The Chicago Gambit

Chess grandmaster Timur Gareev, defeating them all.

Buried Bonds

The Tribune takes a deep look into the City's with little to no oversight, potentially setting the stage for a future debt crisis.

The Last Survivors

11选5图标下载The AP shares the living in Chicago's .

Accidentally Underground Radio

WGN Radio's Steve Dale hosted his show this weekend while he was .

An Alligator at O'Hare?

11选5图标下载Someone abandoned at O'Hare Airport Friday night. The gator, and suffering a bone deficiency, is now in the care of the .

Innovators and Storytellers

11选5图标下载Some Chicagoans gained more notoriety this week as the celebrated some for bringing bold new ideas to the city, while the Studs Terkel Awards lauded others for .

Cutting Cupboards

People across Illinois who rely on food stamps will be , as federal stimulus funds dedicated to the program expire.

Bad Samaritan

A man who was shooting a paintball gun with his friend was . []

Another Suit Against CPD

The family of an activist who died after Chicago police put her in a holding cell for over 24 hours is .

Best Hot Tub Ever

More than 900 gallons of hot chocolate for the largest cup of the delicious liquid ahead of this weekend's .

Scary Parents

11选5图标下载While it's pretty clear fears of predators and poisoned candy on Halloween are unfounded, some parents are in parking lots as a safer alternative.


11选5图标下载A DePaul student whose note to the thief that stole her bike went viral from a man who .

Cuter Than a Speeding Bullet

A local food vendor's money was almost gone with the wind when he dropped stacks of cash on the ground, but his superhero costume-clad grandchildren .

Checking In

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. began his time in prison on Tuesday, but his are probably not the best idea, say experts who advise keeping a low profile instead.

"North Loop" & Environs

Giuliana Rancic's extensive for E! Online covers River North (known "North Loop" in the guide) and no further than Lincoln Park's Original Pancake House.

Rising to a Crime

11选5图标下载The Tribune the morning after a deadly shooting in Logan Square.

Pointillist Wedding Party

Speaking of11选5图标下载 weddings on the cheap, a couple at the Art Institute this weekend, in front of Seurat's "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte."

Taxicab Controversy

A cab driver after seeing the two men kiss, according to a complaint filed on their behalf.

Sweetest Places

Zillow for trick-or-treating in the country, and gives Ravenswood the city's top neighborhood ranking.

Segregation Then and Now

The Chicago Reporter compares the segregation of Chicago's schools in the 1960's with .

Not Guilty, Still Arrested

11选5图标下载Carl Chatman, of a 2002 rape he didn't commit, was for not registering as a sex offender -- which he is not required to do since he was cleared of guilt.

Kindness of Strangers

An anonymous donor at , a shelter for homeless and battered women in Englewood.

This Week in Corruption

11选5图标下载Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios said the Tribune describes a West Side pastor as , and .

Heating Up

More Chicagoans are ahead of the legalization of concealed carry in Illinois next year.

Charity Delivered

A viral video of pranksters sneaking into a restaurant after-hours to cook pizzas for the homeless didn't take place in Chicago (as ), but we'll take some credit since the pies were baked at in Columbus, OH.

BP Behind Petroleum Mess

Residents living near the shipping yards on the South Side are saying , coating cars, streets, and buildings with a greasy black dust.

Busted by a Selfie

A Gresham man who robbed a designer he met on Instagram was arrested after she provided police with .

Wait in Case of Fire

Chicago firefighters up to half of the time in some South Side neighborhoods, an official audit found.

Latest Cuteness

11选5图标下载A male dolphin was , and another dolphin is expected to give birth later this fall.

Capitalistic Community Development

Forbes profiles two former payday loan company owners who are now, applauding their redevelopment work as succeeding where government failed, despite the company's lack of civic values.

Beware, Users of the Bloomingdale Trail

Now that the Bloomingdale Trail's construction , the police warn they will .

Drive in Peace

Complaints of during gang members' funeral processions prompted a new ordinance allowing cops to ticket and impound vehicles of unruly funeral-goers.

SEC's on UNO's Case

The for possible violations surrounding its past bond offerings.

Trial of Bucktown Beating Suspect Begins

Jury selection started this week for the trial of a man accused of with a baseball bat in 2011.

New Neighbors

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III are moving to an undisclosed location on the West Side to .

Clearcutting Patch

11选5图标下载AOL's Patch is in Chicago. The sites will stick around, but there won't be anyone dedicated to reporting on those neighborhoods.

A Major Infestation

11选5图标下载Abandoned properties in Englewood are turning into dumping grounds that attract rats "." Residents want action, but the City can't trespass to kill rats on private property.

CHA CEO Steps Down

CEO Charles Woodyard has after being in the position for two years. According to WBEZ's Natalie Moore, it's to spend more

Mega Octopus Versus Giant Hearts

RedEye took a trip behind-the-scenes at the Shedd to see how they.

More Laurels for Hyde Park

11选5图标下载Two UC professors have been the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for their work in asset prices (I don't know what that is, either). Fun fact: one of these awardees is known as the "."

Dirty Cops Do Time

11选5图标下载A former CPD police sergeant caught was sentenced by a federal judge to 22 months in prison.

Dem Bones Are All Over the Place

11选5图标下载Construction workers digging up human remains in the Gold Coast - thousands of bodies are still buried where cemeteries used to be.

King Cuffed

11选5图标下载Federal prosecutors , including its alleged "King," saying they were responsible for several murders, trafficking narcotics, and .

Seriously, Don't Do This Drug

11选5图标下载, a Russian drug used as a cheap , has arrived in Chicagoland: are for the drug's side effects, which include severely damaged skin, gangrene, and abscesses that expose bone to the elements. []

Pun the News

11选5图标下载If you prefer your news with some double entendre, you'll enjoy DNAinfo's coverage of a man who removed his clothes before representing himself in court: .

Revenge of the 'Burbs

11选5图标下载A new study finds that downtown between 2002 and 2011 went to city residents.

Details of Southwest Side Killing Emerge

Prosecutors said a 19-year-old woman and her boyfriend , cut up his body, and .

Ex-CBOT Chief on the Lam

Former Chicago Board of Trade Chairman Patrick Arbor is , allegedly to to his ex-wife. A warrant had been issued for his arrest.

So Much Green

Police , worth more than $1.1 million, when they .

The Tale of Trapper John

11选5图标下载A former city Animal Control worker is continuing his mission of catching stray cats and turning them over to shelters, but is .

Obamacare's 404

Many users who logged on to the brand-new health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act and error messages as .

See Something? Say Something

11选5图标下载That's what Ald. John Arena did when he spotted two men working under a parked car with a Sawzall earlier this summer. He jotted down their license plate and .

Favorite Things for Sale

Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios campus in the West Loop .

No More Doggies in the Window

, the city's oldest pet shop, is after its owners stopped selling dogs and cats because they could not tell if the animals came from puppy mills.

"The New Insane Asylums"

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart the prison system is to inmates with mental illnesses, including over 2,500 people at Cook County Jail.

RIP Keo the Chimpanzee

11选5图标下载Lincoln Park Zoo's Keo, the oldest chimpanzee in America, has . He was 55. The zoo has set up for him.

A Bitter Pill

11选5图标下载The FBI is into who killed seven people in Chicago and the suburbs 30 years ago by .

Another Shutdown Countdown

11选5图标下载Government services could be restricted and if Congress is unable to pass a spending bill today.

Gangs Aren't Into Unity

This weekend's "," intended to bring together gang members to discuss reducing violence, drew .

More OT for NATO

An arbitrator ruled that the City must to police officers who were on duty during the NATO summit last year.

Arrested Taking Money

Three men paid to maintain ATMs allegedly in the process.

Please Move to the Next Checkout Lane

11选5图标下载 has removed the self-checkout lanes at some . The move is intended to reconnect staff with shoppers.

Escalation of Tragedy

11选5图标下载Police say the men suspected of firing indiscriminately into Cornell Square Park and injuring 13 people last week were retaliating for a shooting earlier in the day where one of them was .

A Peek of Genius

11选5图标下载A Mississippi newspaper has published the of this year's recipients a few hours ahead of the requested press time (whoops!). Among them is Steppenwolf ensemble member and playwright .

Late Night Crime Seen

Al Jazeera rode along with video journalist Ken Herzlich as he worked the graveyard shift, capturing the sights of .

Have You Seen Him?

A digital drawing shows what Paul Fronczak may look like 49 years after he was stolen from a Chicago hospital as an infant.

More Arrests in Back of Yards Shootings

11选5图标下载 reports two more people, including the suspected gunman, have been charged in last week's mass shooting in the Back of Yards neighborhood that left 13 wounded.

Meager Gathering of the Juggalos

This year's (previously) wasn't a money-maker for Insane Clown Posse, and they're .

Black Market Monolith

The Sinaloa cartel -- run by Chicago's Public Enemy Number One -- is the source of .

Back of the Yards Front and Center

Following last week's shooting at a basketball court that injured 13 people in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, the Tribune " for police and politicians.

Poverty on the Rise

Over 636,000 people, or one in four Chicagoans, last year.

Didn't Get the Memo

The CHA recently dropped 47,000 people who were homeless or otherwise looking for housing from its waiting list after they failed to .

13 Shot in Cornell Square Park

in an attack in Back of the Yards last night, including .


11选5图标下载A fight on Facebook allegedly led to , police say.

The Money 'He' Doesn't Want Courts to Know About

11选5图标下载A judge ordered pitch man Kevin Trudeau thrown in jail after finding out he was while claiming he couldn't afford to pay a court-ordered fine.

Beanie Baby Billionaire Busted

Beanie Babies inventor Ty Warner was and agreed to pay a $53.5 million penalty.

Food and Liquor and Crime

A Northwestern University study found that anyone living near a liquor store or bar on the South or West side is than their neighbors.

Top of the Cop Charts

Chicago has the of any major U.S. city (4.4), according to Department of Justice figures. []

Murder Capital, U.S.A.

11选5图标下载 released by the F.B.I. reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, in the country, including New York.

Inside the Gun Vault

Over 80,000 guns are stored in the CPD's vault .

Cop Contact Unclear

Measuring the use of stop-and-frisk tactics by Chicago police is difficult because officers inconsistently record their interactions with people on the street, .

S&P Considering a Downgrade

Standard & Poor's from "stable" to "negative," meaning the credit agency may decrease the city's A-plus rating unless it addresses its budgetary problems.

Street Beef Heats Up Online

11选5图标下载An investigation by Wired shows how to violence among young members of Chicago's rival gangs.

Pritzker's Billions

11选5图标下载Jennifer Pritzker -- formerly Col. James Pritzker -- is the on the of the country's richest people.

Landlord of the Year

Eddie Carranza, owner of the Congress and Portage theaters, has after not paying gas bill the Portage theater complex. His response? "I don't know why it is such a big deal. The bigger deal is how I'm improving that shitty neighborhood."

United Launches Accidental Super Sale

' online ticketing system was letting customers yesterday afternoon, due to an error on the part of some employee who is no doubt now fired. United says it hasn't decided yet whether to honor the free flights.

More Boots on the Ground

Rookie CPD officers are now on foot as part of a strategy that has decreased the number of shootings by 45 percent and overall crime by 29 percent.

Patriotism in Practice

Volunteers are serving across the city as part of a commemorating the anniversary of 9/11, including a group of handymen that .

Covering "Chiraq"

Al-Jazeera America's Christof Putzel said that although he reported from war zones he's never experienced the same "" as he did covering gun violence in Chicago.

Wrongful Conviction Reversed

Carl Chatman, a homeless man who was wrongfully convicted of rape in 2002, is .

Photogs Trot Down the Street

The students who were locked out of the old Trotter's restaurant by the eponymous retired chef last week and date for their photography show. The exhibition will open Saturday at the in Lincoln Park.

Trib & Sun-Times Comment Monitors Take the Day Off

Regular readers of the Trib and Sun-Times are probably used to racist and abusive comments, but the proposed Englewood Whole Foods11选5图标下载 articles are generating an with seemingly no editorial response. UPDATE: Both papers have shut down comments on the articles.

Molly's in Ecstasy

There's a new party drug called "molly" and .

Hanging Out in the Hermit Kingdom

Former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman is back in North Korea, saying his visit, but rather a chance to hang out with ruler Kim Jong Un and "start a basketball league over there or something like that."

Famous Swimmer's Chicagoland Roots

11选5图标下载As the school year kicks off, Lake Forest College celebrates alumnus , whose from Cuba to Florida is an inspiration to current student athletes.

DIY Cribs

DNAInfo's Jackie Kostek the cinder-block home a homeless man in Wicker Park.

Fool Me Twice

The young man accused of trying to blow up Cal's Liquors11选5图标下载 last year has been further charged with on an FBI agent scheduled to testify against him. In both cases, the people he contacted about the dirty work were undercover FBI agents.

You Okay, Pal?

A group of photography students from After School Matters who were setting up an exhibit of their work in the former Charlie Trotter's space last night were ; the chef, who is an ASM board member, ordered his guests to clean his toilets, used gay slurs and obscenities, told them to get "Charlie Trotter tattoos," and then refused to let the kids back in to get their work and other items. A WGN reporter had a bizarre confrontation with Trotter on camera, who mumbled "Should I do an ?" as he walked off.

Heroin Ring Busted

11选5图标下载More than 30 people were heroin throughout Cook and DuPage Counties.

Pulled a Chief Keef

11选5图标下载 and were charged with felonies after appearing in two separate gang beef rap videos while flaunting some serious guns.

Send in the Drones?

While officials like Ald. Cardenas may think it's a good idea to , a new law signed by Gov. Quinn to spy on civilians without a warrant.

FBI Mobilizes on Mobile Doctors

11选5图标下载The FBI the offices of , a service for arranging house calls, and and one of its doctors on charges of health care fraud.

Bike Sharing a Life Together

11选5图标下载 has teamed up with dating company to create .

Defining "Reasonable" Suspicion

11选5图标下载While there is no formal "stop and frisk" police policy in Chicago, the Reader's Mick Dumke shares different perspectives on how similar pat-downs .

Windy City High

A new looks at Chicago's drug trade, calling the city both "one of the biggest open-air crack and heroin markets in America" and "murder capital of the U.S.A."

It's Englewood

WGN reporter Mark Suppelsa spent 12 hours in Englewood to provide a in "one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city."

Chief Keef: the New Marilyn Manson

11选5图标下载An Oklahoma teenager accused of because he was "bored" apparently is a fan of Chief Keef -- so of course as the latest example of in youth.

$100k in Tickets Knocked Down to $4500

Remember that car with more than $100,000 in tickets? The City with the owner for .

Beer & Chainsaws Don't Mix

11选5图标下载It's not every day you read about a attacking neighbors on the South Side.

Charges in Rogers Park Beating

11选5图标下载 against two men in the last month.

Meet Sunny

The Obamas have a .

Hang Up and Drive

11选5图标下载Gov. Pat Quinn banning cell phone use in Illinois without a hands-free device. The bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 and violators can face fines starting at $75.

Meet the Olinguito

The first of a in 35 years was spurred by a visit to the Field Museum's archives by a Smithsonian curator. The had been confused with the olingo, an unrelated but somewhat similar animal from South America, for nearly 100 years.

JJJr gets 2.5 Years

11选5图标下载Jesse Jackson, Jr. was after pleading guilty to misusing $750,000 in campaign funds. Sandi Jackson received a , which she'll serve after Jesse gets out.

O'Hare Doesn't Look Too Baaaaaaaad

The City has started using 120 animals, including goats, sheep, llamas and burros to . They will not get on the runway.

How the Outfit Collects

11选5图标下载Details of the and enforcer have been revealed in the of Paul Carparelli.

Down One Juggalo

A man was in a tent at , which began Wednesday at downstate Cave-in-Rock. UPDATE: And someone was paid $158 to ! (Warning: graphic picture)

Looking for the Real Paul Fronczak

The is after a DNA test determined the 14-month-old infant returned to the grieving parents was .

Male Full Frontal, Just Over the Border

A has launched on in a Harvey strip club, where it's legal for full nudity and liquor to be in the same room. But time will tell if the boys from Northalsted are willing to go that far south on Halsted, even with a shuttle.

11 Inspiring Women; Millions of Inspiring Stories

11选5图标下载I think we're all lucky to know someone who inspires us. But just in case you are looking for more inspiration, Leah Pickett shares brief stories of who are doing amazing things to make our city better. But each woman has more than one inspiring story, far more.

Where are the Pot Busts?

DNAinfo mapped where have been written in the seven months since having less than 15g of pot became a ticketable offense. Interestingly, Portage Park had twice as many tickets as the second worst community area.

Hunger Strike Continues at Northwestern Hospital

11选5图标下载Over a dozen demonstrators continued a protest outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital today, demanding access to organ transplant procedures for undocumented immigrants.

Gang Summit Planned for Chicago

In an effort to fight gang violence in Chicago, the Rev. Gregory Tatum and former Ceasefire director Tio Hardiman are at a summit in September; led to a truce in LA between the Crips and Bloods gangs.

Another Metra Leader Disembarking

Metra Board Chairman Brad O'Halloran amidst a continuing scandal surrounding the departure of CEO Alex Clifford, who wrote in a memo that O'Halloran and another board member were plotting to force him out and did not get rid of employees that O'Halloran told him to fire.

Shagadellic Satire Gets Real

11选5图标下载Two young filmmakers who put a looking for actors to appear in "Austin Plowers" (and a documentary about it) after they received real responses to their ad.

This Bud's for You, Illinois

11选5图标下载Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill in Illinois, placing strict restrictions on its use and making it available to patients with cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS and other ailments.

City Says Niet to Breaking Russian Ties

City of Chicago officials said they with Moscow, after local groups called on the city to do so in response to Russia's .

Water Tank Falls from Brewster Apts.

11选5图标下载A from the roof of the , injuring three people.

Fake Cops Pull Over a Real One

Two men posing as police officers stopped the wrong guy: . They managed to lose him as they sped away. Still, could be worse: they could've been real cops .

Chicago Kitty Tribune

11选5图标下载The main story on the Tribune's homepage briefly earlier today. [] UPDATE: Tribune's .


Child Sex Trafficking Sting nets Chicagoan

11选5图标下载The FBI arrested more than 150 people, including , in a massive over the weekend, freeing 105 sexually exploited children.

Zimmerman "Got Away with Murder," Juror says

11选5图标下载The only juror of color on the George Zimmerman trial jury was originally . She Thursday and said she originally voted for second degree murder.

West Town Tavern is Dead, Long Live Chicago Taco

Proving old dogs can learn new tricks, Drew and Susan Goss of (previously11选5图标下载) have announced they're reopening as Chicago Taco. Viva los Gosses! []

Guardian Angels on Muggers Mile

The of the Guardian Angels referring to it as the "Muggers Mile." Mayor Emanuel responded in a press conference that the Angels would be more useful for students.

CPD to Perps: Don't Shoot

11选5图标下载Police officers are going door to door this Friday on the West Side not to commit any violent crimes.

A Phone Call from the Alderman

11选5图标下载 of the 44th Ward reportedly abused power by , owner of The Alley and Taboo Tabou, according to a [PDF]. Tunney called Thomas regarding assistant state's attorney Sarah Naughton allegedly at Taboo Tabou.

Chicago Principal Speaks Out Against CPS Budget Cuts

11选5图标下载At a City Hall news conference, Blaine Elementary Principal excoriated CPS budget cuts for "turning a full school day into an empty school day."

No Christmas Conversion for Skokie Scrooge

11选5图标下载Peter Troost, the miserly multimillionaire owner of a , was and 200 hours of community service for tax evasion.

Blago Appeals

Attorneys for former governor Rod Blagojevich have of his 2011 conviction on corruption charges -- just barely under the last night.

Chicagoans Rally to Protest Trayvon Martin Verdict

11选5图标下载Over 200 people at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago to protest the acquittal of 28-year-old Florida man George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

The 1111% Tip

11选5图标下载A server at Pequod's Pizza received from the family of a man who died last year, whose was "Leave an awesome tip (and I don't mean 25 percent. I mean $500 on a fucking pizza) for a waiter or waitress."

Chicago Hospitals Lead in LGBT Healthcare Equality

The released its yesterday and six Chicago health care facilities were named (PDF). , , and the are among those making the list. This is the fifth year in a row Rush has .

Suicide by Cop?

outside a Mount Greenwood pharmacy, after mistaking his wallet for a gun. His wife called the cops because she was concerned her husband was .

A Rick Bayless Restaurant Could Feed Google Employees

CTA's station opened just over a year ago. already announced its move to the area, and rumors of a restaurant are now swirling.

Chicago as Unit of Measure

11选5图标下载"A massive iceberg, larger than the city of Chicago, on Monday."

Guilty Plea in McShane/Jurich Beating Case

Three years after brutally attacking two women with a baseball bat in Bucktown, one of the two suspects has .

Chicago Ups Wind Energy

11选5图标下载 announced a deal with Chicago's energy suppliers that will double the city's wind energy. was chosen to supply 5 percent of consumer electricity, via , to save money and ease pollution.

Sun-Times Gets Blasted for Controversial Headline

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times about how to title Sunday's front-page coverage of the Seoul-based Asiana flight that during landing in San Francisco.

Taking Back the Street

11选5图标下载Real estate broker who stole a woman's cellphone as people headed to the lake shore at Division for 4th of July fireworks.

UFOs on the 4th?

There were several reports of in around the country.

Adopt an OK Pet

has rescued from Oklahoma City-area shelters up for adoption.

The Art Institute's Pretty Great

Great enough for TripAdvisor users to vote the and in this year's Travelers Choice Awards. []

Murder in the Family

The older brother of slain Hyde Park Academy basketball star confessed to with their father's gun and trying to cover up the murder.

More Cuts at the Sun-Times

11选5图标下载After its professional photographers in May, the Sun-Times will also be cutting its book review section and folding its entertainment coverage into their lifestyle section .

Sharpton's On His Way

11选5图标下载Rev. Al Sharpton says he's to .

1 Million Take Pride

Police estimate came out to the this Sunday, thanks in part to the on DOMA and Prop 8.

It's Rally Time, then Parrothead Time

Don't forget, the Blackhawks parade and rally are this morning beginning at 10:30, and roads are blocked off all along the route, so and there are extra security measures. Oh, and there's a at Northerly Island tonight, so traffic on Lake Shore Drive will be gummed up later, too. You might as well not go to work.

Way Beyond Breaking Bad

Mexico's Sinaloa cartel -- whose leader is Chicago's Public Enemy #111选5图标下载 -- produces as much as in the US.

Duckworth Reads the Riot Act

A business owner who has a VA disability rating based on a twisted ankle he received in a military school football game nearly 30 years ago in Congress yesterday by double amputee, veteran and Illinois Rep. .

Kerry Wood, PI

Well, not really, but the former Cubs pitcher did on Monday.

Saint James Catholic Church to be Demolished

The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago will demolish the historic Saint James Catholic Church starting , despite to preserve the building.

Bad Cops Still Get Pensions

Thirty-two Chicago police officers who have been fired or resigned to avoid firing since 2004 -- including Anthony Abbate, Jr.11选5图标下载 and many others who have been investigated for .

Base-Jumping Trump

Three people around 12:30am last night, and unlike the last time11选5图标下载, the police didn't catch them.

Chief Keef's No Good, Very Bad Day

Right after appearing in court for his speeding arrest, Chief Keef was , this time on a month-old trespassing warrant. Plus, he was , his second.

Miss Illinois Represent

and current River North resident Stacie Juris was the . The crown went to . Juris is currently studying fashion business at .

Not Such a Strong Idea

Lakeview-based created a "Chicago Stronger" shirt to show support of the Blackhawks during the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. The shirt after the company received what they're calling a "." The shirt is a play on the "" slogan created after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Awarded & Arrested Same Night

11选5图标下载Soon after being honored with a "Tomorrow's Leader" award from the local , Jill Kaplan and her companion, Leo Perez, were .

Anyone Lose a Leg?

, severed at the hip, was found washed ashore in Kenwood yesterday.

Gacy-Related Building for Sale

Want to know if John Wayne Gacy buried victims in the yard and walls of the apartment building his mother lived in? (Previously) and go to town.

Bestiality in the Pound!?

11选5图标下载A man was arrested after being caught in a cage at the Chicago Animal Care and Control Facility on the Lower West Side.

Driver Charged in Cyclist's Death

Ryne San Hamel, the driver who killed cyclist Bobby Cann last week, has been ; bail is set at $100,000. San Hamel is a partner in drink deal website .

Rocked Out of the Boobie Biz

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is behind the breast cancer awareness gear, after a Sun-Times report that little proceeds make it to charity.

Wrigleyville Backpack Bomber Sentenced

A man accused of planting a (fake) bomb in Wrigleyville (previously) was .

Hacktivist Pleads Guilty

Chicago activist hacker Jeremy Hammond to one count of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in the . He released .

OK Pets Up for Adoption

11选5图标下载 received in Oklahoma this weekend; .

The Donald Trumps the Grandmother

11选5图标下载An Evanston woman against real estate mogul and loudmouth Donald Trump over a condo deal.

Was the Mag Mile Robbery a Hoax?

After reviewing unremarkable surveillance camera footage and having no luck finding witnesses, police are now that a group of kids robbed a woman of $200k in money and jewelry on Michigan Avenue.

Ain't No Party Like a Wicker Park Party

...Where 200 people pay $7 each to see a DJ in an 800-square-foot apartment and spill out onto a dangerous roof, 'cause well, those parties tend to get .

Gang Drop-off Cops Fired

The police officers who were caught on tape in 2011 driving a gang member into another gang's turf11选5图标下载 in Humboldt Park were .

One Third = Two Thirds

CPD has already run through for the year.

Overly Suspicious of Packages

For the second day in a row, Michigan Avenue was shut down near the bridge due to "suspicious" items. it was a bottle of ; granted, that stuff's sulfuric acid. it's near the Wrigley Building.

Gangs, Guns & Civility

CNN.com's LZ Granderson argues that will solve Chicago's violence problem. The comments immediately devolve into a gun debate.

Well Acquainted with the Authorities

has been since 1978. That puts her ahead of Darryl Marlow (previously11选5图标下载), who's continuing to add to the he'd racked up by September 2010. (He's , though.)

The Mike Tyson Maneuver

11选5图标下载A man of his friend, who happens to be his girlfriend's roommate, during an argument. And from the looks of his mugshot, he enjoyed it.

A Tasty Haul

11选5图标下载A 17-year-old burglar allegedly decided to to sample some of the merchandise.

Stick to Handbags

Note to self: Don't list pet , unless you want the cops to show up. , though.

Sacrifice to the Baseball Gods?

was found bound to a tree on yesterday; speculation is that the head was the one that showed up at Wrigley11选5图标下载 last week, although it's apparently the third apparently sacrificed goat found in area forest preserves in the past year.

Thinking of Boston

The Tribune has in the Boston Marathon, who had finished and was watching runners near the finish line. Expect more of a police presence around Metra stations and other key locations around Chicago tonight. Our thoughts go to Boston and those affected by the bombings.

Still Too Much

The City offered to Jennifer Fitzgerald's bill for a car abandoned in an O'Hare parking lot by her ex-boyfriend (previously), but she's unable to pay -- in part because she also on another car.

Keeping it in the Family

11选5图标下载A 64-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly because she was "sick" of him.

Proposal by the Book

Chances are the way you proposed to your beloved was not as cool as . He .

2nd Trash Chute Death

An 80-year-old resident of a Gold Coast condo tower was , apparently after . Last year, a 16-year-old with Down syndrome and autism fell to his death in the same chute.

3rd Time's the Charm?

An Illinois Tollway garage supervisor who'd already been fired twice was after being photographed sleeping on the job, among other things.

Fighting Crime with Shoe Leather

11选5图标下载The latest strategy for policing the city's most violent neighborhoods: , Superintendent Garry McCarthy .

Sounds Like a Movie Script

An ex-Chicago cop stands accused of and other offenses -- in addition to11选5图标下载 to the charges that he and an accomplice were planning to kidnap and dismember a different victim. And that's just the most recent stuff on his rap sheet.

Road Rage, Shots Fired in Jefferson Park

in the Jefferson Park neighborhood this morning. Police are blaming it on some early morning road rage. Both drivers are hospitalized with injuries.

Beavers Going Up the River

11选5图标下载A jury took less than three hours to find Cook County Commissioner William Beavers today.

New US Attorney Soon

Former federal prosecutor is in the lead to become the new US Attorney in Chicago, replacing Patrick Fitzgerald, after his chief rival, Lori Lightfoot, .

Anti-Nuclear Threat Test

A man who had a , leading to a swarm of federal agents surrounding him on his train.

Melées on the CTA

A man was on a Green Line station on Saturday, while on a Red Line train Friday night. One man was arrested in the latter incident; police are still investigating the former.

Reminder: Craigslist is Sketchy

Also, when you have $5,000 in your waiting car.

Father & Infant Daughter Shot

A gunman while he was changing her diaper in Woodlawn . The baby was hit five times, and is in critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; the father is also in critical condition. UPDATE: Jonylah Watkins, the infant, .

Feeling Less Distressed?

. The situation improved in 2012, although with an average of 46.7%, nowhere was near perfect. had the worst record, 100%, but even had an 11.3% distressed sales rate.

Assessing the Plan for Transformation

11选5图标下载 about the CHA's describes marginal improvements for housing conditions and some support services but crippling problems. Among them, serious crime, health and social mobility concerns.

And Boom Goes the Dynamite

11选5图标下载Our fair city's most unexpected comedy offspring, Amsterdam's , .

A New Way to Boost Our Bottom Line?

Chicago-based , whose ability to combine open data and to detect violations of city codes could be a boon for the budget.

Making the Vatican Vaguely More Progressive

11选5图标下载 is uncharacteristically while at the Vatican for the "general congregation."

Making One Happy Dog

11选5图标下载Bucktown's raised money to that was stolen from a resident's porch.

More Controversy for the U of C Police

In U of C protest news, . The officer, who was dressed in plain clothes, carried a protest sign and even symbolically placed a sticker over her mouth, kept contact with the deputy chief throughout the demonstration while covertly probing demonstrators about their plans. UPDATE: The school's provost and president have announced an "external independent reviewer" to investigate the events.

"Only for ritzy people"

of Chicago's with the likely closure of the Chateau Hotel.

It's Quittin' Time

11选5图标下载As of today, , bringing the total tax on a pack of cigarettes sold in Chicago to $6.67. Here's betting there'll be more .

"We wanted to take a long train ride together"

11选5图标下载How long? .

Enjoy the Hyde Park Herald Online

After years of slow online adoption, the Hyde Park Herald's redesign .

Bye, Bye, Services

11选5图标下载 showing how the sequester will affect each state. Make sure to select the "Illinois" profile in the drop down menu.

Skate Grant Park!

The park district is creating in Grant Park at . Preliminary plans will be released during .

That Good, Huh?

11选5图标下载The boy band 's concert at Ford City Mall seems to have .

Peterson Sentenced to 38 Years

11选5图标下载Drew Peterson's request for a new trial was denied, so . Hopefully that will mean the end of this story soon. Keep an eye on the hashtag for live tweets from the courtroom, and/or peruse Craig Newman's . UPDATE: .

Ambulances in Need of Intensive Care

11选5图标下载The fire department's fleet of ambulances is , the BGA reports. At least one has lost a wheel while carrying a patient. The City is in the process of buying 25 new vehicles, but in the meantime the entire fleet is .

The Wrong Thing

The St. Louis-based uses Chicago's battles over Prentice and Michael Reese to evaluate each city's hospital preservation experiences. The verdict: "Alas, Chicago has done the wrong thing while St. Louis years ago made a wise choice."

When You Need Fido Most

Rush University Medical Center has established .

In the Wake of Hadiya

Several more teenagers were shot over the weekend. Eighteen-year-old a new mom whose sister was in the audience for Obama's speech on gun violence, was killed in North Chicago on Friday; was also killed on Friday, the third Clemente High School student to die this year.

and one was killed in two separate incidents on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, a student brought to Foreman High School on Monday.

Buying Guns Elsewhere

By now, it's clear that but Indiana's weak gun laws allow would-be criminals easy ways to circumvent Chicago's tough laws.

Five Months in Harper High School

has already posted .

Part two will air this coming Friday, Feb. 22.

JJJr Charges Filed

today against former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson. Jesse was charged with conspiracy, making false statements, mail and wire fraud in connection with for personal use, while Sandi was charged with filing a false tax return. Don't miss the expenses list after the jump, which includes a lot of Michael Jackson memorabilia and even a mink cape.


Obama Delivering Address in Chicago

The President is back in town and at , where he will deliver a speech .

Public Enemy No. 1

Chicago has a "Public Enemy No. 1" for the . He's , head of . Loera is believed to be in hiding out in Mexico City.

2 Arrested in Hadiya Pendleton Murder Case

with the murder of Hadiya Pendleton. Police say they had fired into the group Pendleton was walking with after mistaking one of her friends for a rival gang member. One of the suspects had been for various crimes while already on probation for weapons charges. Meanwhile, Pendleton's parents have been .

EveryBlock Attracting Buyers?

Poynter that EveryBlock, which abruptly closed late last week, has attracted interest from potential new owners. EveryBlock founder Adrian Holovaty is not impressed with how owner NBC News handled the closing, stating that the site is now "damaged goods."

On the Violent Crime Beat

Nearly all of the 42 newly minted police detectives will .

Red Light Ruination

The amid allegations of bribery connected to Chicago's red light camera contract. The City now says it will .

Is Phone Time On the Clock?

11选5图标下载A Chicago police officer is over whether being required to check email on one's smartphone after hours .

Prentice Before Landmarks Commission ... Again

Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital is currently before the city's Commission on Chicago Landmarks. If you're interested in real time updates, you can follow the Save Prentice coalition on and . UPDATE: Prentice no longer has preliminary landmark status, allowing another step towards demolition. Next: another court date.

First Lady to Attend Pendleton Funeral

11选5图标下载Michelle Obama will for Hadiya Pendleton on Sunday; still no word on whether .

Salon Bandit had a Coke Habit

Police say Jason Logsdon, who was arrested last week after allegedly robbing hair salons in the city and suburbs (previously), was .

The State of Our State: Marriage, Money and Guns

Governor Quinn's State of the State speech went as planned today, in which he called for actually dealing with the state's fiscal woes, increasing the minimum wage, legalizing same-sex marriage and controlling guns. Read more from the , , and , or .

Messing with Sheriff Joe

11选5图标下载Controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who's facing , has another headache on his hands: identity theft. Someone used his credit card number to here in Chicago.

Totally Our Bad, Indiana!

For some reason, a convicted murderer from Indiana after appearing in a Chicago court yesterday. Steven Robbins was convicted of murder in 2002 in Indianapolis.

Remembering Hadiya

An is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person shot Hadiya Pendleton, whose , a week after she performed at the Presidential Inauguration, brought and on Chicago's soaring murder rate.

11选5图标下载Pendleton in 2008.

"Industrial Shangri-La" in Trouble

11选5图标下载, the landmark northwest Indiana community surrounded by industry, . See an aerial view of the neighborhood after the jump.

Hair-raising Robberies

The Great Clips at Webster and Sheffield in Lincoln Park was robbed at gunpoint around 9:40 this morning. whether the robbery is connected to others that have occurred in the past month at hair salons in the area.

Aldermen Take Aim at Bedbugs

A new ordinance introduced in City Council would make it a if a landlord fails to bring in exterminators for a bedbug infestation.

Woman Loses 4 Children to Guns

Shirley Chambers has to gun violence this weekend when someone shot up the van Ronnie Chambers was riding in. His siblings were killed in 1995 and 2000.

Prentice to Get Some New Kind of Hearing

has taken the unusual step of adding the old Prentice Women's Hospital to its [pdf]. As scheduled, it will receive a revised report regarding economic issues and then consider the decision to reject its preliminary landmark recommendation. .

"We Want Listeners Tomorrow. Go Make Babies Today."

11选5图标下载 Chicago Public Media's "saucy" new advertising campaign.

After the Warehouse Fire

GB Managing Editor went down to the site of last night's warehouse fire to check out the aftermath. What he found was an ice-coated beauty amid the wreckage.

See even more photos on .

Massive Warehouse Fire in Progress

11选5图标下载Nearly 200 firefighters are on the scene of , a fire that is the biggest "." View CFD photographs after the jump. The and the also have visuals. UPDATE: The CFD says the fire is now "."

"This is OnStar. We detected a shot. Do you require more bullets?"

11选5图标下载CBS2 Chicago reports that Ald. Willie Cochran has suggested using on all guns. "Just like if your car gets stolen, OnStar can tell you where your car is. If your gun gets stolen, and you report it, we should be able to find that gun."

Freshen Up that Camping Gear

11选5图标下载It doesn't look like there will be officially recognized camping in Chicago for the foreseeable future, but. [PDF].

Strangled Over Toothpaste

DNAinfo has obtained from a 2010 incident in which a man was from a CVS.

Post-game Tragedy

11选5图标下载Following last night's highly anticipated Simeon-Morgan Park basketball game at Chicago State, a . It's unclear if the shooting had anything to do with a that was broken up by Chicago Public Schools security.

Nerd Punk Riot!

11选5图标下载 commanded the and .

Chief Keef Back in Jail

The Pitchfork video interview in which Chief Keef went to a gun range finally came back around to haunt him, as a judge decided it for aiming a gun at police. Keith Cozart will be sentenced back to prison on Thursday.

It's Where They Were Headed

Customs officials at O'Hare held up destined for an area medical research facility. Apparently the heads are all fine and properly documented, but the facility is under investigation on unrelated matters. UPDATE: Apparently the heads weren't headed to a research facility at all -- .

Largest Settlement Ever

The City will pay , who was picked up by the police during a bi-polar breakdown at Midway, held overnight and then dropped off in a high-crime neighborhood, where she was kidnapped, raped and fell from the seventh story of a public housing high-rise. The settlement is the largest to a single plaintiff in Chicago history.

Billy Corgan's Gigantic Neon Sign

The neon sign at Madame ZuZu's, Billy Corgan's tea house in Highland Park, was in the news recently when the sign is about 5 times the size allowed by local zoning ordinance. Billy wrote a letter to the city asking for permission to keep the sign, and in last night's meeting.

Dart to Dig for Gacy Victims

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart received in the in which John Wayne Gacy's mother lived, at which the serial killer worked as a maintenance man for a number of years. Dart announced intentions to dig on the property last March.

Your Genius Bar Appointment may be Rescheduled

A car Sunday night. A bystander .

Making Sense of Murder via Hot Spots and Gang Diffusion

11选5图标下载There's been a lot in the news about the city's murder rate, but most of the pieces aren't .

NPR on Chicago Violence

11选5图标下载NPR's "Morning Edition" on Chicago's rising murder rate. with a piece prompted by listener questions about Chicago's "gun ban."

Lottery Winner Murdered

Urooj Khan won the lottery, . Except cyanide was found in his body, so it's not just faux-, it's a homicide investigation.

An Historically Dry Chicago Winter

According to Accuweather, on Saturday. Quite uncharacteristically, we trail Little Rock, El Paso, and Oklahoma City in snow totals this winter.

Good People

Some kind Lincoln Park folks , tackling and restraining a purse-snatching, screwdriver-wielding parolee until police arrived.

The Segregation of Murder

11选5图标下载The NY Times and breaks down the demographic differences between those .

South Side Church's Saga Continues

Saint James Catholic Church, one of the buildings in To be Demolished, has been thanks to (previously).

Your New Laws

From skin taxes to skee ball prizes, 2013 brings , all of which went into effect yesterday.

Police: Nope, 499.

While everyone else's count totals 500 (or more), the official CPD homicide count .

Fugitive Found

One of the two inmates who escaped from the Metropolitan Correctional Center earlier this week .

Illegal Christmas Chocolate Alert

11选5图标下载Over at WBEZ, reminds us that German Kinder Uberraschung chocolate eggs are still illegal and heavily fined in the US, no matter what those pushers at might tell you. Achtung!

Blue & White & Made Here

The first have arrived in the CPD motor pool.

Downtown Prison Break

11选5图标下载Two suspected from the Metropolitan Correctional Center this morning. Jose Banks and Kenneth Conley apparently knocked cinder blocks out of their cell wall and to climb out.

Therapy Dogs?

Yes, therapy dogs. A made the trip to Newtown, Connecticut this weekend to comfort those affected by the shooting. The group started in 2008, following the NIU shooting, when a group of dog caretakers hoped to console the student body.

Concealed Carry Law Tossed

The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals as unconstitutional yesterday, potentially paving the way for allowing it. Illinois is the last state in the union where concealed carry of any sort is illegal.

Maria Ridulph Murder Chapter Closes

11选5图标下载Jack McCullough, a 73-year-old former policeman once known as John Tessier, was for the 1957 murder of Maria Ridulph.

TBOX gets Bloody

11选5图标下载A man with a broken beer bottle at Wrigleyville's Red Ivy during this year's . The security who helped the victim said he was bleeding so much it "."

Try a Charter School, Even if it's Terrible

11选5图标下载A CPS-promoted school fair featuring "," advertised almost no traditional schools -- but still found space for .

Rub and a Rub

Speaking of massage parlors, Center Square Journal reports that a chain of North Side spas with your rubdown.

Unhappy Ending

A dissatisfied customer at a Chinatown massage parlor when he realized his massage wouldn't come with any extra, um, perks.

Gacy Gets Tested

11选5图标下载The Cook County Sheriff's office to submit samples from John Wayne Gacy and other murderers to the FBI's DNA database -- by listing the executed men as homicides. The samples will be checked against the database to see if potential new victims turn up.

Daley Nephew Charged

Richard "RJ" Vanecko, former Mayor Daley's nephew, has been in the 2004 death of David Koschman.

State Congressman Accused of Fraud

Eighth District State Rep. La Shawn Ford was indicted Thursday on in connection with a line of credit he took out with failed ShoreBank. Rep. Ford , saying, "There is no bank fraud in my blood."

One Helluva Smoothie

11选5图标下载If you're smuggling , and you tell police that your cargo is frozen fruit, they'll probably -- and understandably -- get suspicious if 1) your truck isn't refrigerated and 2) your destination is a residential driveway.

United Sues Untied

Chicago-based , a website where dissatisfied passengers can air their grievances.

"Their life sentence at your hands compels a life sentence for you."

11选5图标下载Alex "Cowboy" Campbell was for running a sex-trafficking operation. Campbell forced his women, who were illegal immigrants from eastern Europe, to get tattoos of his initials or .

These Boobies Definitely Do Not Rock

11选5图标下载You've no doubt seen "" breast cancer awareness t-shirts being sported and hawked around town. But if you're serious about donating to organizations.

A Car with a Record

Remember that $600 car that racked up more than $100,000 in tickets? The Expired Meter on what exactly happened.

Extra Special Delivery

11选5图标下载The USPS will soon test out in Chicago and other major cities, after a test in San Francisco starting in December.

E2 Back in Court

The owners of the ill-fated E2 nightclub are after their involuntary manslaughter convictions were overturned earlier this year.

Daughter of the Year

Though pregnant, Julie P. Franck donned a ski mask last month and last month.

The Englewood Four Go Back to Court

The "Englewood Four," who spent 12-17 years in jail after being wrongfully convicted of the 1994 rape and murder of Nina Glover, have claiming that Cook County prosecutors and police framed them for the crime. Harold Richardson, Michael Saunders, Terrill Swift and Vincent Thames were .

The Meter Deal Stays

The parking meter deal because the city is benefiting from it, a judge ruled in a lawsuit. Despite Mayor Emanuel's bluster about the deal, City attorneys sided with Chicago Parking Meters LLC in the case.

Lawsuit Filed in Prentice Preservation Battle

In about half an hour, a Circuit Court will hear a lawsuit by preservationists challenging the process by which Goldberg's Prentice Women's Hospital was denied landmark status. In short, they argue that the violated and overstepped its legal authority. Read the complaint after the jump. UPDATE: until both sides of the conflict can be heard.

Is CeaseFire Curing Violence?

The Sun-Times reports that CeaseFire, now known as , has had "" in the three months since being given $1 million by the City to help curb gang violence.

Gapers Block has covered CeaseFire extensively over the years, both positively and more skeptically. Most recently, Jason Prechtel questioned the decision by Vice magazine to run a documentary about CeaseFire as part of a marketing campaign for a revenge-themed video game; Vice has since removed the documentary from the marketing campaign site.

When Hip-Hop and Gang Violence Collide

11选5图标下载Chicago's high level of gang violence is nothing new, but its increasingly popular "trap" rap scene, featuring that rhyme about guns, "bitches" and drugs, is adding more fuel to the already out of control fire. Many wonder , the misguided teens or their parents? Chicago blogger explores this troubling trend in an .

More Cook Co. Tax Increases

11选5图标下载Cook County has approved a that will increase taxes on guns, cigarettes, large out-of-country purchases, slot machines and video gambling terminals. The taxes, which includes a $1-per-pack increase, will go into effect next year.

"Chicago Fire" gets Full Season on NBC

NBC has decided to continue its new drama "Chicago Fire" for a . Much of the TV show has been shot on the city's West Side at the up-and-coming film studio .

Harsh Punishment for a Bad Joke

Andre Curry, the man who used painter's tape to bind his 22-month-old daughter for a joke photo he posted on Facebook, was of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery, and faces up to seven years in prison.

Presidential Change in Chicago

11选5图标下载The City of Chicago is likely to benefit greatly from Obama's second term in office. According to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the president has promised to of his hometown.

$600 Car, $100,000+ in Tickets

In 2009, Jennifer Fitzgerald's ex-boyfriend abandoned his run-down old car in United's employee lot at O'Hare, where he worked. Unfortunately, the car's title was in Fitzgerald's name, so she got stuck with the car racked up since then.

Passersby Were Amazed by the Unusually Large Amounts of Blood

11选5图标下载Just in time for Halloween, the Sun-Times provides tips on .

Navy Pier Till Next Century

signed a on its Navy Pier space, putting to an end plans for a new subterranean spot in Millennium Park.

Sandy's Effects in Chicago

11选5图标下载Hurricane Sandy's effects are being felt throughout the Great Lakes as high winds kick up waves as tall as 33 feet. has been issued for the lake shore from 1am tonight through 4pm Wednesday. Meanwhile, have already been canceled at Midway and O'Hare. Whet Moser passes along a couple ways to on local weather.

CPD Takes Off its CAPS

11选5图标下载 in the 2013 City budget, the Reader reports. CAPS meetings will supposedly continue, but police superintendent Garry McCarthy says he wants each district commander to decide how the program is handled in their district.

Bad Eggs

11选5图标下载Some activists will patrol Chicago neighborhoods on Halloween in hopes of . The messy and cruel act has become a recent trend among kids and teens, who like to record and post videos of them pelting the innocent, costumed children with eggs.

When Networks Stop Being Polite and Start Being Real Cold and Terrible

MTV has with Tonya Cooley, a "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" contestant (and "Real World: Chicago" alum) who sued the network last year for not intervening as two of Cooley's castmates sexually assaulted her on camera. MTV claims that Cooley "failed to avoid the injuries of which she complains."

Lil Reese Investigated for Beating

again (previously11选5图标下载), after a video of him beating a woman went viral (watch it if you must.) The rapper, whose real name is Tavares Taylor, on Twitter. UPDATE: Lil Reese has .

The Jenny McCarthy Buzz Begins

Last week, the Sun-Times that Jenny McCarthy was coming on board as a print columnist and blogger for to give Chicagoans advice in her "Ask Jenny" column. Apparently, a had something to .

Perversion in Chicago's Scouts

11选5图标下载Forest Park Patch has filtered through the Boy Scouts' "Perversion Files" for , including the one in Chicago from back in 1977. The LA Times has a .

News Corp's Newest Outpost?

11选5图标下载The Trib reports that .

The Pastor's Walk

11选5图标下载The "rooftop pastor" from his walk across the country to raise money for . He only raised $500,000 of his hoped-for $15 million, but says he's not giving up on that goal.

A Word from the Bird

In honor of , the city turned to to ask users their opinion about the best way to get guns off of the streets. They received over , varying from stricter parenting to looser gun control.

Church to be Demolished for Walgreens

The newest entry in our To be Demolished series is 834 W. Armitage Ave.11选5图标下载, the former Greater Little Rock The Lord's Church. Walgreens is currently planning to build a new store on the site.

Tragedy on the Northwest Side

A retired police officer who was staying with him, mistaking him for an intruder.

Does Chicago Need Protected Bike Lanes?

in Old Town when, attempting to avoid being doored, he swerved into traffic and was run over by a semi. WBEZ's got of dooring incidents, and the you can sign if you'd like to see protected bike lanes in the Loop.

Study Shows Mentoring Reduces Crime

A new conducted by the , in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools and local non-profits, determined that youth mentoring programs have the potential to significantly decrease violent crimes involving young people.

The New Dino in Town

, paleontologist and professor at U of C, has discovered a through fossils that were originally excavated from southern Africa in the 1960s. The Pegomastax africanus ("thick jaw from Africa") is a that resembles a bird.

Pot Like Christmas Trees

Dude, sorry to have to tell you, man, but the cops down in Trumbull Park. They spotted it by helicopter, man.

Chicago "Genius Grants" Announced

The have been and include and of the Chicago and New York based .

Chicago Records 400 Homicides

Though temperatures have dropped recently, homicides have . Violence that occurred in the city this weekend marked the .

Cougar Town

According to the Sun-Times, there have been two more cougar sightings in the North Shore. And not the Courteney Cox kind, but actual. Residents are asked to take photos if they spot one.

Who Hurts Horses?

Someone broke into the police department's South Shore stables Sunday night and let loose 27 of the 30 horses, and with a fire extinguisher.

Would-be Terrorist Targets ...Cal's?

Adel Daoud, an 18-year-old kid from Hillside, was arrested Friday night after allegedly with a car bomb. The FBI had been tracking him for months. The target was not released, but the owners of are .

A Few Good Goats

O'Hare is looking to as a greener way to keep grass around runways short.

The Noble Electrical Fire

11选5图标下载There may be fewer horse-drawn carriages plodding through the city . No mammals of any kind were injured.

We're Number 227!

11选5图标下载The Chronicle of Philanthropy's recent report, , breaks down charitable giving by state, metropolitan area and by zip code. , and the Chicago metropolitan area comes in at 227 out 366 areas. Local donors give 4.2% of income, a median amount of $2,296. If you want to know how your ZIP code fares, .

The Heartbreaking Cycle of Life

Larry Porter, who on Wednesday, was when someone shot him while he was driving on the Dan Ryan Wednesday night.

Open the Door to 150 Chicago Places

Open House Chicago's 2012 website , including of the locations open on October 13 and 14.

Drew Peterson Found Guilty

11选5图标下载The wild and crazy Drew Peterson case moves briefly out of court today as of the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. I say briefly, because you can bet there will be an appeal.

RIP: 38 Teenagers Shot & Remembered

11选5图标下载More than 150 people have died this summer due to gun violence. shares just a few facts about each teenager who died this summer in Chicago. This shares a few images and basic facts about each life we've lost. Listening to by Natalie Moore of provides an interesting context for reading the names and descriptions of the shootings.

Bad Credit

As of yesterday, Illinois' by S&P in response to the state's failure to fix the pension system. Only California has a lower credit rating, but without the (apparently) ominous "negative outlook."

Cappleman Chased by Knife-Wielding Drunk

Forty-sixth Ward Ald. James Cappleman was on Friday after he called the police twice to report her public drinking.

12 Natty Jurors

As if the Drew Peterson trial couldn't be more of a circus, the jury yesterday. It's not the first time they've coordinated their outfits.

Untangling the Routes

to illustrate which lines would be affected by the proposed CTA route restructuring.

A Rape Survivor Speaks Out Against Akin

11选5图标下载 was raped while attending U of C; she became pregnant with her attacker's daughter, and later she successfully battled him in court for custody. Now a Chicago-based , she about the legal difficulties of women who become pregnant through rape, and penned an to Rep. Todd Akin's on "legitimate rape."

Fluidic Systems Design Guide

That's the title of a book returned to the Chicago Public Library returned this week that's been . The lendee found it while cleaning his Naperville home, and returned it during the CPL's amnesty period, so he got away with it scott free.

Legionnaires' Outbreak in Loop Hotel

Three guests at the JW Marriott Hotel at Adams and LaSalle have in the past month. The hotel has notified 8,500 guests who've stayed in the hotel to watch for symptoms.

The Downside to Living Next to a "Crazy Cat Lady"


Neighborhood Festival Criminal

A guy at the Northside Summerfest in North Center by claiming he was there to relieve an employee, then stuffing his pocket full of cash.

Muslim Graves Graffitied

11选5图标下载Several Muslim gravestones in an Evergreen Park cemetery were this week, the latest in an up-swelling of hate crimes in recent weeks.

"I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate"

There is now where Barack and Michelle Obama had their first date and first kiss. You can visit the spot at 53rd Street and Dorchester.

No More I-Bonds for Gang Members

11选5图标下载Gang members will no longer be allowed to post (aka I-bonds) when they're arrested, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said yesterday.

Thanks for Being a Better Neighbor

Adrian Holovaty, who founded the wonderful , is the company . Holovaty's only plan is to stay in the city and work on some new projects.

The Skies Might be Friendly...

11选5图标下载But United's customer service was when an unaccompanied minor from San Francisco was on her way to a Michigan summer camp in June.

Tour the Suburbs

11选5图标下载If you're intrigued by suburban companies moving back downtown (including ), you may be interested in Forgotten Chicago's "," which will visit several midcentury suburban corporate campuses. Their upcoming looks promising too.

Help Abused Dogs

11选5图标下载, which adopted out the dog who was last week, for supporting behavioral training for abused animals in the dog's name.

Two if by Sea

the Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy docking at Navy Pier as part of . They're on the first scheduled Naval cruise of Lake Michigan since 1999.

Police-Train Crash at Kedzie

An unmarked police car at the Kedzie Brown Line crossing after a Loop-bound train passed -- and was . The car's driver and the conductor were taken to the hospital, and are reported in stable condition. The CTA is running a shuttle to take passengers between the .

kedzie cta crash
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11 Potheads Ticketed

11选5图标下载The new marijuana ticketing law in its first weekend. : the alleged weed has to be taken to a police station to be verified, and there's plenty of paperwork; ultimately offenders receive tickets of $250 to $500.

Non-Stick Weirdo

Rock Island police arrested a naked man covered in cooking spray on Monday.

Fender Bender on the Chicago River

11选5图标下载A tour boat just west of the Michigan Avenue bridge, injuring seven.

U of C Surgeon Drowns

11选5图标下载Donald Liu, a pediatric surgeon at Comer Children's Hospital, this past weekend in Michigan while successfully saving two small children who were struggling to stay afloat in Lake Michigan. Many grateful parents have flooded the comments section with touching messages--take a look.

Been Caught Stealing

A with the Chicago Police Department has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy -- a fancy way of saying that by stealing drugs and cash from one gang and giving them to another.

Peterson Trial Begins

11选5图标下载The Drew Peterson trial with opening arguments this morning. The Tribune is posting .

Eagle Scouts Making a Stand

11选5图标下载Among the in protest over the Boy Scouts' ban on gay troop leaders and scouts is .

"Flash Mob" Robs Store During Wicker Park Fest

More than a dozen people entered Saturday night and stole around $2,000 dollars worth of merchandise. More in Mechanics.

"Singing From Beyond the Grave"

, who died after being attacked in an alley by teens playing a vicious game (previously), was .

"Barren Souled" Balfour Sentenced

William Balfour was to three consecutive life sentences plus 120 years for the murder of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew. Judge Charles Burns told him his "soul is as barren as dark space."

Today's Court News

The City agreed to related to Jon Burge torture cases -- which means former Mayor Daley won't have to testify. Meanwhile, in the Drew Peterson trial.

Uncoiling Toward Action

Roger Ebert and the links between mental illness and guns, and violence and publicity.

Recovery Fund for Mana Food Bar Cook Ashley Pruneau

Ashley Pruneau, a cook at , was on July 1 by a man who broke in and beat her with a hammer that she'd reached for in self-defense. She's undergone one surgery, will need at least one more, and is recovering with family in Ohio. Coworkers have a to help defray medical costs.

More than Curiously Strong

This month's features important women designers, and are the local collaborators of .

AKA Knockout King

Whet Moser digs into ," the "game" three teens were when they allegedly killed 62-year-old Delfino Mora (previously).

Disability Pay at CFD Tops $27 Million

The police aren't the only ones paying out millions11选5图标下载 a year in disability, the Sun-Times reports. The Chicago Fire Department pay to 390 firemen and paramedics, although the rules are different.

Trying an Interruption

The CPD is to fund , the somewhat controversial anti-gang violence organization profiled in the documentary , in an effort to reduce violence.

Murder Video Posted on Facebook

11选5图标下载A 16-year-old has been arrested for murder after of himself beating 62-year-old Delfino Mora to death in an alley off Devon Avenue over the weekend. Two other teens have in the case.

Expensive Mystery Meat

11选5图标下载Twelve CPS administrators were removed from their jobs after the city's Inspector General discovered they in order for their own children to qualify for free or reduced cost lunches at their schools. It gets worse: the city found 55 more CPS employees in the last four years who have also lied on their paperwork for the lunch program.

Googling Crooks

11选5图标下载Chicago police suspected of a gang shooting in New York by .

Lawsuit Filed in Montrose Beach Dog Attack

You may recall our reporting back in March of an off-leash dog attacking and killing another dog at the Montrose Dog Beach. The owner of the attacking dog turned out to be an off-duty police officer, who was suspended over the incident. Today the Tribune reports that .

Ravenswood Hospital Claims a Life

after falling inside the vacant Ravenswood Hospital, which he was exploring with to friends Monday. GB staffer Monica Reida of Chicago hospitals that have closed in the past 12 years.

Playing Cash for Guns

The gun buy-back program the City ran last month netted 5,500 guns -- but some of them came from pro-gun group , who and received $6,240 in gift cards, which they used to pay for an NRA shooting camp for kids.

The Derecho from Chicago

That storm that gave us all those crazy photos on Friday turned into a or "" that kept rolling all the way to the Atlantic, downing trees and knocking out power in , and elsewhere.

That's a Bit More than 15 Grams

While City Council was letting the guppies off with a ticket, the CPD and DEA were busting the big fish, on a semi trailer

We Live in a (Slightly) Growing City

After several years of decline, . It's only by 8,800 people, but that's a big change from the previous average declines of 20,000 people a year.

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

11选5图标下载 who had a hard time reporting on today's health care decision.

Chief Keef: The Voice of Chicago's Murder Spike?

explains how the same social factors fueling the rise of local rap star (and ) Chief Keef have also fueled the city's this year. Previous GB coverage of Chief Keef and Chicago hip-hop here and here.

Well, I Guess it Still Refreshes

11选5图标下载Speaking of the Trib's business practices, its keyword based Google ads generated this recent gem about potentially questionable chemical additives in foreign Coca-Cola formulations.

Record Attendance for Pride Parade

11选5图标下载Speaking of the , the city's estimated turned out for yesterday's celebration.

"Savers of the Lost Ark"

of trying to save the former Anshe Kanesses Israel synagogue.

More Working Citizens

11选5图标下载A identifies Chicago as . The report details that Chicago's population is 4% naturalized citizens and has a balance between high and low skilled labor characteristics.

Emanuel Does a 420 on Pot Law

As in, he hasn't quite endorsed marijuana decriminalization, but has put his support behind an ordinance that calls for , rather than a mandatory trip to the police station.

Believing the Children are Our Future Investment

11选5图标下载UC professor penned an op-ed in today's NYT that that to lessen the student loan , investors finance college expenses in exchange for a portion of the students' post-grad earnings.

Math Is Hard

Metra's due to NATO. This, atop the hit local restaurants took during the summit, isn't looking good for the city's prediction that .

Wrigleyville Hotel Project Escapes Foreclosure

11选5图标下载The and hotel-retail-residential project in Wrigleyville has gotten .

Wrigley Building Landmarked

11选5图标下载The is . For some reason, the building owners are going to celebrate by pointing blue lights at it for the next few months.

A $63,000 No-Call, No-Show

for failing to show up for a private dinner. The former Microsoft executive who won the dinner at a charity auction 11 years ago also won the judgement against Trotter -- but lost sight of the bigger picture, which was that the dinner was for, you know, charity.

"It Doesn't Have To Be This Way."

11选5图标下载Some Chicago-based authorities on healthy, sustainable food -- including , , and -- are among a group of .

Hand in That .45

...Or whatever it is you have. On June 23, the City is holding at around town. Anyone bringing in a gun will receive a $100 gift card, no questions asked.

Taking Reckless Endangerment to a Whole New Level

11选5图标下载Word to the wise: if you get pulled over for not having your toddler in a car seat, probably not the best idea to for you.

You can Sell it in Illinois, Just not in Chicago

Although the city's farmers markets are kicking into full gear, don't expect to see your neighbor's awesome rhubarb crisp or your co-worker's garlic scape pesto for sale. .

Getting in the Green Lane

Remember the Kinzie Street protected bike lane? Yesterday, it was the site that national nonprofit chose to announce their new: a two-year initiative to create dedicated, inviting bike lanes throughout Chicago and four other cities.

A Growing Family

11选5图标下载One of the Shedd Aquarium's Pacific white-sided dolphins, Piquet, . Fearing the birth over the NATO weekend closure, several staffers had moved into the aquarium for the summit's duration, but Piquet held out until Memorial Day

Innocence Un-Served

Despite a mission to make sure no wrongful conviction goes uninvestigated, the has let drop , who had the misfortune of being in process during the David Protess evidence-tampering scandal.

Combatting the Gang Problem ...Again

Emanuel and McCarthy announced a new plan to attack the gang problem yesterday, including for gang coordination. What would you do?

The Fire that Shut Down the CTA

11选5图标下载 burned to the ground Tuesday night, just in time to royally screw up . .

Panhandling People v. The City of Chicago

In which Chicago panhandlers, frequently intimidated and threatened by police, for being shooed out of their Michigan Avenue spots.

Thanks for Everything, Fitzgerald

US Attorney announced today that at the end of June. He said he'll take the summer off to consider future career plans ...which sounds to the folks here in the office like he's headed to the private sector. The Trib runs down from his 10 and a half years.

More than 2000 Exonerated

at Northwestern and the University of the Michigan Law School have set up , which collected of wrongful convictions over 23 years.

Watch NATO Live Online

This collection of sources is a good place to start if you want to check out the NATO protests and events- without actually going outside. SUNDAY UPDATE: Two standouts for today's demonstration include the from inside the crowd and the from above.

A Blip or Boom?

NPR asks:

Europe Day in CPS in time for NATO in Chicago

Students in various CPS high schools have been preparing for the influx of European heads of state by learning national anthems, history and, for a lucky few, even taking a trip to the EU. brought out messages of understanding, tolerance and optimism. Important concepts for young students that hopefully won't be lost on the power-holders occupying McCormick Place next week.

Stabbed in the Line of Duty

11选5图标下载Four were while trying to intervene in an iPhone robbery last night at the Clark and Division Red Line stop.

Snark Imitates Life

When the Onion published a faux last week about an archaeologist named Brian Bauer who narrowly avoids deadly fate a Peruvian temple, that there is a real-life Incan researcher and archaeologist named ; he's a faculty member at UIC.

Jeremy Hammond Enters Plea

Jeremy Hammond, the local hacker accused of being a member of Lulzsec (previously), . Meanwhile, there's a defense fund at .

Balfour is not Englewood's Fault

William Balfour was of killing Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew on Friday; Natalie Moore writes in Ebony that .

Mother's Day Tragedy

Four women celebrating Mother's Day together late Saturday night.

Desert Schmesert

, the Chicagoan who's a double-threat at the White House -- assistant chef and senior policy advisor on healthy food initiatives -- dishes about .

They All Look the Same to Me

11选5图标下载Some downtown office workers were reportedly advised to "" to avoid being "targeted by protesters" during next week's NATO summit.

Hejda, A-Ville Daily

The A-Ville Daily, which chronicled the comings and goings of Andersonville, has .

What Goes Up Must Come Down

11选5图标下载Marilyn has had her final days in Chicago and is being shipped to Palm Springs where she will stand until June 2013. Sorry Marilyn, maybe the Windy City was just too windy for that dress. to say the least.

Too Frequent Fliers

11选5图标下载American Airlines used to sell a ticket for unlimited travel for life. As it got expensive, the company shut it down -- and .

The Heartland Institute Tries Alienation as a Tactic

11选5图标下载Yesterday the right-wing Heartland Institute with a billboard on the Eisenhower. It included a photograph of the "Unabomber" with the words "I still believe in Global Warming. Do you?" The organization planned to add Charles Manson and Fidel Castro with a similar message but promptly after acknowledging that "our billboard angered and disappointed many of Heartland's friends and supporters." Still they "do not apologize for running the ad."

NATO Closings Announced

11选5图标下载The Secret Service the parking, walking and driving restrictions that will be rolled out starting May 13 in anticipation of the May 20-21 conference at McCormick Place.

Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys Dies After Battling Cancer

11选5图标下载 after a battle with cancer. Yauch was diagnosed in 2009 after discovering a tumor in his salivary gland. He sat out Beastie Boys induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April while undergoing treatment. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Adam Yauch was 47.

11选5图标下载Here are a few videos from the Beasties' visits to Chicago, featuring both MCA's lyrical prowess and musical skills:

Weekend Getaway

If Michael Jordan's mansion is out of your price range, but you still want some Chicago-celebrity real estate, Al Capone's

"As 'Local' As Possible"

11选5图标下载City Farm gets in a National Geographic feature on urban farming.

Mayor Rahm talks Food Trucks and Education tonight on Facebook

The Mayor's going digital tonight for the third time in a Facebook town hall meeting. Topics up for discussion include food trucks and education reform amongst other questions submitted earlier on . The hour-long event starts at 6 pm at .

Meet the City's Newest Harbor

The posted of the brand new .

Judge Releases Jennifer Hudson's 911 Call

11选5图标下载If you're morbidly curious, you can now listen to from the night she found her mother and brother murdered in her home.

Better Late than Never

Scott McMurry's mom mailed him a postcard from the while she visited Chicago in 1957. The postcard in Decatur, GA last week, after first mysteriously . And now the Shedd is for a visit.

Snakes Monkeypox on a Plane

Fortunately not, but a was Thursday evening after concerns that a passenger with a rash might have contracted while visiting Uganda. The CDC checked the woman out and gave the all-clear after two hours, so you're totally safe.

The Cyberstalking Burglar

It wasn't enough for Jicheng "Kevin" Liu to steal from people. He also anyone who called him out on it.

Heroes & Horrors

11选5图标下载Hero: Lincoln Square resident , who in bare feet chased a man who had sexually assaulted a woman in the alley behind his home. Horror: a 2-year-old girl died after being , allegedly by the man who was babysitting her while her mother was at work.

Murders Spike

Homicides are in the first quarter of 2012, compared to last year. Learn the stories behind the murders on .

The Simpsons are Oregonians

Sorry, Illinoisians holding out hope that the Simpsons' Springfield was our own. Matt Groening that the cartoon town is named after (if not based on) the Springfield in Oregon.

No Tweeting at the Jennifer Hudson Family Murder Trial

11选5图标下载As , the judge presiding over the trial of William Balfour, accused of murdering Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, is requiring journalists to list both work and personal social media accounts on their credentials application in order to maintain . At least one reporter seems to think .

Mike Wallace, RIP

11选5图标下载The famed CBS journalist last night at the age of 93. Wallace's career had many Chicago connections, having in local media (WMAQ, Chicago Sun) in his beginnings. Wallace also took a in the jaw on camera during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. His 1957 with Frank Lloyd Wright was also particularly compelling.

Chicago State Shoots Itself in the Foot ... Again

's new media policy is so overreaching that .

Fighting Crime! With Chess!

Or at least fighting recidivism. Illinois sheriff Tom Dart is bringing in hopes of teaching patience and decision-making.

It Takes One to Win, Many Millions to Lose

If you were like me last night, the odds that you would win the $640m lottery were not in your favor. were sold last night, one of them in downstate Red Bud. The other winning tickets were sold in Kansas and Maryland.

Digging Up Gacy

The Cook County Sherriff's office the yard of an apartment building where John Wayne Gacy once worked on the .

Hanging a Dog Doesn't Cure Dementia

In further poor pet ownership news, a man on the South Side was arrested for from a tree using a bicycle tire, claiming it was treatment to keep the dog from getting dementia. []

He's Keeping His Pumpkins to Himself

Billy Corgan shared a lot of his conservative on Alex Jones' radio show at SXSW last week.

SUV as Battering Ram

A drunk man first dared the driver of a car to run him over Saturday night, then got in his SUV and before fleeing, police say.

Feeling Lucky?

11选5图标下载Starting Sunday, you'll be able to buy tickets online -- we're to do it following new legislation.

New Charges in NYE Rape Case

A in connection with the rape of a young woman outside the Congress Theater New Year's Eve.

Is the Reasonable Cost of Living? The Fantastic Food Scene?

The majority of the Onion's editorial staff is reportedly the newspaper's move from New York to Chicago.

A Poisonous Treat

Rogers Park pet owners should be on the lookout for pink in places where dogs and cats can reach it. The pellets have more food content than rat poison, so other animals are more likely to think it's a treat.

Cover-up in Vanecko Case?

A new court filing alleges that police involving a nephew of former Mayor Daley, including . The mother of the victim, who died after a fight outside a bar in 2004, is asking for a special prosecutor to reexamine the case.

Questioning Innocence

The Medill Innocence Project did last week: it published evidence of one of its subjects.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Visit King College Prep

11选5图标下载 at 10am, NBA legend will appear with Gov. Pat Quinn at King College Prep, 4445 S. Drexel Blvd., to promote the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiative. Doors open at 9am.

Remember When Taste of Chicago Concerts Were Free?

11选5图标下载If you want a seat in the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park during this year, you may have to shell out $25 due to a being introduced by Mayor Emanuel. The lawn is still free though!

What Really Motivates Street Violence

11选5图标下载' Joel Handley that our understanding of gangs is outdated, and the city could do a better job of dealing with street violence if it had a better model of its causes.

A Quieter Far South Side

Yesterday the CPD announced following "input from community organizations." The bald eagles might have something to do with it too.

R.I.P. Chef Michael Altenberg

11选5图标下载Michael Altenberg, chef and owner of Bistro Campagne, over the weekend. Altenberg is credited with pioneering the farm-to-table movement in Chicago; he was 48 years old. A memorial is scheduled for Wednesday; details have not yet been announced.

Muti Weighs in on Symphony Fistfight

Riccardo Muti, the 's music director by two patrons fighting at a performance11选5图标下载: "Never could I imagine the concert hall would become a (wrestling) ring." No word about the subsequent .

Waiting for God Particle

The hunt for the Higgs boson , even though the Tevatron has been shut down.

Lopawhat Obama?

On Tuesday's G-8 press briefings, if you didn't hear Obama's in regards to his confidence in Chicago being able to handle the security concerns of the NATO summit, check it out at the 1:20 mark. Notice the chuckle from the press. Maybe someone should give him a ticket to the next one.

Lulzsec Gets Pwned

Jeremy Hammond, a suspected member of hacker group Lulzsec and Anonymous was during an FBI raid today, apparently by the group's . Read Chicago mag's from 2007.

A New Sword for Lincoln's Tomb

11选5图标下载Chicago foundry will be that was broken and stolen from in Springfield last fall.

Security Blanket

In light of the NYPD's recently revealed spying efforts on Muslims, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy promised that the department

Shut it Down

After decades of protesting, Little Village and Pilsen residents celebrate a recent deal to shut down two , owned by Midwest Generation. Pollution from the plants has been blamed for illness, asthma attacks and even death in the community over the years.

Birthday, Interrupted

11选5图标下载A celebration of Chicago's 175th birthday with Rahm Emanuel at the Chicago History Museum was by a group protesting the closure and consolidation of city mental health clinics.

A Curious Update

Robert Duffer writes an on the "curious case" of Columbia not renewing the contract11选5图标下载 of Fiction Writing Department Chair Randy Albers.

#23 for $29MM

Michael Jordan has , making it the highest-priced home in the Chicago market. I can only assume this includes a three-bedroom guest house filled with Rayovac batteries.

Northside Police Districts to Merge This Weekend

11选5图标下载Starting March 4, the , which includes Lakeview and Lincoln Park, will absorb the 23rd district and move its headquarters to 850 W. Addison. The redrawn district's new commander has not been announced yet.

Help Plan the Plan 2.0

The is [pdf] the design process for the "Plan for Transformation 2.0," .

One Cool Chicago Street

11选5图标下载Tomorrow at 10am, a public street dedication ceremony will be held to pay tribute to ; the late comedian and actor will be honored in the Englewood community with at the corner of 69th and Sangamon Streets, the actual block where he was raised.

A Good Deed, Indeed

Reverend Corey Brooks, aka "The Rooftop Pastor," for over 90 days in an effort to raise funds to build a community center for inner-city youth, can finally come down: This morning, filmmaker/director , whose new movie Good Deeds opens today, announced live on the syndicated that he would pay the $98,000 balance needed to fund the project.

Shovels at the Ready

A with accumulation predictions ranging from 4-to-7 inches in 36 hours; totals which WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling says could "rank among the city's heaviest."

Cyclist Struck by Car Needs Help with Medical Bills

Rudy Carrillo, father of two and piercer at , was struck by a car on Sunday while riding his bike. He's been badly hurt and doesn't have health insurance, and CTC has launched fundraising efforts to help defray the cost of his medical bills. For information on how you can help, see , this , , or check the tomorrow for more details.

Knight in Shining (Riot) Armor

11选5图标下载The City is currently taking bids to outfit the Chicago Police Department's 30-man mounted unit with riot gear for the G8 summit. -- leather nose guards, wrap-around eye visors, high-impact plastic leg shields and a small sign asking you not to pull on their tail (not true).

Education Reform Sit-in Launched in Humboldt Park

11选5图标下载A group of parents, students and supporters have occupied . The group's was released just before midnight on Friday via Occupy Chicago, and has been established inside the school.

Chicago News Cooperative Announces Closure

The told its staff today that it will at the end of next week. UPDATE: In Crain's, CNC Editor Jim O'Shea saying that the organization was exploring possibilities including splitting into for- and non-profit units and partnering with the Sun-Times. UPDATE: in the Reader. UPDATE: on the News Coop's website.

Let the Right One In

11选5图标下载Careful- in some areas, thieves are , only to cart off cash and jewelry when they leave. They're largely , so consider warning neighbors who might be targets.

The Grid: The Mediated Plant

The newest installment of our documentary series The Grid examines how -- Chicago's vertical farm and food business incubator -- has been represented in the media.

Rosemont Renamed

After purchasing the 5-year naming rights, Akoo International, Inc. will to the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont.

Convicted Chicago Mobsters Go to Appellatte Court

James Marcello and Joseph "Joey the Clown" Lombardo, reputed Chicago Mobsters convicted in the 2007's Family Secrets Trial, get another chance their 2007 conviction.

Action Movie Heist Hits Lincoln Park Jeweler

Approximately $500,000 worth of jewelry was stolen from when in order to gain access to the store's safe.

Controversial City Sticker to be Scrapped

11选5图标下载The City has decided to amid concerns that its imagery includes gang symbols. No word yet which of the other designs will be substituted, nor whether the 15-year-old student who designed the winning sticker will be forced to give back the $1000 bond he received.

Did We Vote on Gang Signs for Our Windshields?

Are there design? Police blogger Detective Shaved Longcock makes that the sticker features symbols for the . A gang member source of the Expired Meter .

Cops Learn to Communicate

11选5图标下载Authors Charlie Newton and Jonathan Eig are trying to help Chicago police officers .

We'll Survive on Wacker Drive

Crews working on the Wacker Drive reconstruction from 1962.

The Week Nobody Got Killed

11选5图标下载The RedEye's today for the first time since Jan. 24. It's the first time since reporter Tracy Swartz started the tracker that there's been a whole week without a homicide.

Building Collapse by Neglect

, injuring four pedestrians. , one shame in the whole situation is the city bought the building more than ten years ago to try to protect it and the community. A photograph of the partially demolished building is after the break.

Newt's No Survivor

11选5图标下载Newt Gingrich may want to be seen as rising up the the challenge of his rival, but he didn't check on whether Survivor was OK with him , and now he's got on his hands.

11选5图标下载If you liked my play on the lyrics up there, you'll love on Chicagoist.

A Kitten is Not a Football

The latest Chicagoan to heap scorn on: , who kicked his kitten 15 feet into the air and signaled a fieldgoal, according to police.

MCIC to Close

11选5图标下载The will due to downturn of funding from nonprofits.

High Standards

Though a new fire-safety ordinance was passed by the city in 2003, quite a few residential high-rises City council recently extended the compliance deadline to 2015, but you can look up the status of your building .

To Your Door Service

A Willowbrook man called 911 and said that he "wanted to see an officer because he wanted to fight with them." .

One Possible Workforce Future

of Illinois' employment characteristics in 2018 from a recent report.

Nailed It

A local man proved once again that it's possible to and not realize it.

Tower Heist

Well, sort of -- last week in the southwest suburbs, a few scrap metal thieves managed to . The article has no mention of security lasers or a slightly off-kilter demolitions expert, but we can hope.

Jane Addams Hull House is Closing Shop

After 123 years of providing social services to the city's underserved people and communities, the will .

Pens, Check. Bookbag, Check. Books iPad?

11选5图标下载, . The move, in collaboration with textbook market majority publishers Pearson PLC, McGraw-Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is likely to make Apple's iPad an education essential.

Teen Beating Suspects Charged

A quick update on the teen beating caught on video11选5图标下载: in the attack, and one of them is being charged as an adult. at $100,000.

Sharkula won't Confirm Spiritual Guidance from Wesley Willis

Chicago's future last rapper standing and all around hustler is the subject of a

Brutal Beating Caught on Video

Police are investigating of a teenage boy by seven other teens outside Ward Elementary in Bridgeport. The video was originally posted by one of the assailants, and is now mirrored elsewhere. []

Warning: This video is obviously violent and also includes strong language. Not safe for work. A backup copy can be found .


Via the Reddit thread linked in the [via] above, here's video of the victim escaping:

One of the suspects has allegedly been . Meanwhile, a friend of the assailants has posted videos explaining that the beating occurred as retribution for a prior fight in which 20 guys beat up two of the assailants.


Teenager is following the story and posting updates as well.

Split with Express Scripts a Bitter Pill for Walgreens

Breakups are never easy, but Walgreens seems particularly upset about , formerly one of the drugstore chain's biggest customers. Walgreens is taking to Twitter with its grievances, , "It's time to take a stand against @ExpressScripts. Tell them people want a choice by tweeting hashtag #ILoveWalgreens" in a (sponsored) tweet.

Courtward Bound for Bad Gag

A 21-year-old father who posted photos to Facebook of his daughter bound and gagged11选5图标下载 back in December was .

Hangings Have People Suspicious

Two suspects hanged themselves in the same week at the Area Two police station, leading their families and community leaders to .

Macabre Legal News

11选5图标下载An appeals court found that a woman injured by the flying body parts of a man struck by a Metra train .

Fluffy the Bandit

Be careful drinking that new marshmallow vodka. Apparently it makes you .

Another Would-be Victim Strikes Back

Chicago has been unleashing formidable would-be victims, most recently including .

Gacy Victim Back from the Dead

Another presumed victim of John Wayne Gacy has been (previously).

Bad Dad: Baby in Bondage

Andre Curry thought it would be funny to post a photo of his 22-month-old daughter with her, on Facebook. The police were less than amused.

Sun-Times Gets New Owners

: A Chicago-based investment group . In related news, you can buy a major newspaper for "more than $20 million."

Cop's Grabbed Crotch, Cause for Beating

11选5图标下载A suspect was and refusing to let go.

Maybe People Aren't so Terrible After All

11选5图标下载Early this morning the Sun-Times posted about how Toys for Tots Chicago . They've now announced that .

Chicago is Great; Illinois Hates Us

Chicago was named the in the world by The Atlantic. Meanwhile, the idea that the rest of Illinois should separate from Chicago is still getting play. The Huffington Post Chicago nicely.

While we're on the topic of city cred, Chicago ranked 26th in the Mori Memorial Foundation's this year, we're the in America (previously), and came in sixth in the Chicago Council of Global Affairs' (previously11选5图标下载). So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

Dentist to Pimps Wants to Work Again

Remember11选5图标下载 the dentist in Marina City who was laundering money for pimps? He's out of prison and .

Please Cure this Bieber Fever

All last week Evanston Township High School Justin Bieber's song "Baby" over the building's loudspeakers during passing periods until students coughed up enough donations to fund the construction of a student art space and hangout.

Tweedy's Temps

11选5图标下载The Wilco frontman may be better at than the rock and roll.

Aggressive Panhandling to the Extreme

A man who beat up a woman who wouldn't give him a cigarette in 2008 was arrested in Uptown after threatening to kill a man who wouldn't give him change.

U.S. Mint Cuts $1 Coins

11选5图标下载Though we were all very fond of noticing that various vending, parking or CTA machines accepted or gave presidential dollar coins as change, Biden has declared, Though this $50 million cut from the federal budget will end the series on James Garfield, Biden contends, "As it will shock you all, the call for Chester A. Arthur coins is not there."

Playboy to Head West

11选5图标下载The magazine will be shutting down operations and to Los Angeles by the middle of next year.

"Where the 1 Percent Lives"

11选5图标下载Chicagoland boasts two of the in the country. You probably won't be surprised at which ones: , and . (Thanks, Dee!)

Carl Sandburg's Birthplace Home is in Trouble

11选5图标下载The may not reopen in the spring .

The Uptown Standoff Ends

11选5图标下载CPD and ATF officers after a that suspended CTA Red and Purple Line service north of Belmont for more than six hours Monday night.

Poor (Criminal) Life Choices

This mugger didn't know that , but he soon found out.

Occupying the Super Motel

Rev. Corey Brooks has been living in a tent across from his church for the past 12 days. Last night, Occupy Chicago protestors joined him.

Towed or Stolen? Maybe Both.

Three tow-truck drivers have been arrested and more are being sought by police after an investigation found multiple cases of , often selling them for scrap.

Lost: One Expensive Suit

An 80-year-old man donated a suit to Goodwill -- and accidentally with it. Workers are currently sifting through more than half a million donations to find it for him.

Gacy Victim Identified

Sheriff Tom Dart announced today that one of the eight unknown victims of John Wayne Gacy has been (previously) as William George Bundy, who disappeared in 1976.

Here's an exclusive 1992 interview with Gacy by Channel 2's Walter Jacobson, 13 years after he was convicted of murdering 33 young men.

Cornbleet Murderer Sentenced to Life

Hans Peterson was convicted of murdering Chicago dermatologist David Cornbleet, and in prison. Kevin Guilfoile shares .

We're Safe from ...Water Hackers?

Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District officials assured the citizenry that it is , after Russian hackers very slowly downstate via a stolen password.

Hans Peterson Stands Trial

Kevin Guilfoile has an from a couple years ago (previously 1, 2, 3, 4)

Getting the Drop on Shoplifters

More than 50 "professional shoplifters" have been arrested in and along Michigan Avenue since October.

Red Line Sucker-Punch Being Investigated

A week after an April video of a in the Chicago Red Line subway station went viral, Chicago police are .

They Thought They Knew

11选5图标下载A misunderstanding on where exactly proceeds where going on this year's women in cycling pin-up calendar by local group (though not for long) .

Sounding the Alarm

If you hear sirens at 1pm today, don't worry -- it's part of the first-ever .

Local Woman Accuses Cain of Harassment

A Chicago-area woman came forward today to .

Happy Bill Kurtis Day!

today in honor of and his partner, Donna LaPietra.

Anonymous Wins the Lottery

It's hard to keep your name out of the papers when you win the jackpot, but .

I Sense a Weird Al Cover in the Works

11选5图标下载One of the best TribLocal headlines I've read, "," is actually about a teen mistaken for one when what he intended was to dress up as a dancer from . "...not used to seeing street performers in a residential neighborhood, some neighbors were confused and called police."

Mixing Jet Fuel and Gardens

11选5图标下载Air travel may not be particularly environmentally friendly, but the is .

Mother of Hillary Clinton Dies

Chicago native, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, passed away this morning at a hospital in Washington at the age of 92.

Property Tax Primer

To help make sense of the whirlwind of TIF talk, Ben Joravsky put together a beginner's guide about .

Well, That's Embarrassing

A man believed to be among serial killer John Wayne Gacy's victims turns out to be . He was discovered as part of the Cook County Sheriff's efforts to through DNA testing.

Where to Donate for Turkey

11选5图标下载A struck Turkey this weekend; the and are accepting donations for disaster relief.

An Unusual Long Distance Relationship

, the Shedd's 13-foot-long beluga whale, for some, um, personal time with two female whales.

MegaBus Driver DUIs in Iowa

11选5图标下载The driver of a MegaBus from Chicago to Des Moines was pulled over in Iowa for this weekend.

1 Officer, 3 Shootings

Chicago Police Officer Gildaro Sierra is after the third shooting of a suspect since January, with two resulting in fatalities. The latest was -- though , it's not muzzle flashes you see in the video.

Field Museum's Restrooms are Nice

So nice, in fact, that they've been by Cintas in its 10th annual awards.

Putting the "Thugs" in Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

after a member of allegedly attacked him on the group's tour bus.

Remove Your Old City Sticker

Unless you want a ticket. Police are still on their windshields despite having valid current stickers, too, enforcing a little-known technicality in the ordinance.

A Sweet and Battery

A Brighton Park woman hit and in a domestic dispute over the weekend. Her husband had been arrested three times for domestic battery since 2003, but the charges were dropped; so far he is11选5图标下载 pressing charges.

Some Pets Get Abandoned, Others Get Pampered

One side-effect of the foreclosure crisis in Chicago: . Meanwhile, sales of luxury items for pets are on the rise.

Gacy in the News

11选5图标下载A judge has approved the for a DNA test. Meanwhile, Steve Rhodes reviews by one of his lawyers.

Makeshift Memorial

After news of Jobs' death, have become impromptu shrines, store among them.

"You know what's coming next? Civil suit."

11选5图标下载Jacques Rivera was after 21 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

Operation C.W. Marketing

11选5图标下载The Cook County Sheriff netted more than 100 people with outstanding warrants by inviting them to at a consumer electronics survey session.

Now You Can Curse All You Want in Park Ridge

... .

We're Getting a New Moon Rock

The moon rock embedded in the Tribune Tower has been removed .


We're the , according to the American Mustache Institute, who should know.

Tragedy Leads to Legal Precedent

Alisha Brennon, spouse of Christina Santiago, who died the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, has . The lawsuit will likely help set precedent for how same-sex marriages or civil unions are recognized in states that don't offer them.

O'Hare Introduces Air-O-Ponic Gardens (Get It? Get it?)

Terrible puns aside, O'Hare is now home to . The O'Hare Urban Garden -- 26 growing towers in Terminal 3, which boast more than 50 varieties of herbs and vegetables -- will provide produce for at the airport.

Lathrop Homes May Radically Change

the riverfront as a mixed-use community. and alike have hoped it wouldn't come to that.

What's Next, Groupon Field?

It's official: The Wrigley Building's been . The dudes behind Groupon are minority partners in the new ownership structure.

Another Honor for Chicago Architecture

Chicago architect the . She's best known for , but she's been involved in a bunch of .

Working Hard to Retain Some Advertisements

, a new advertising platform for newspaper apps developed by the AP.

Alley Pooper, Beware

A dude who decided to relieve himself in an Uptown alley on Saturday didn't realize that a security camera was . (Maybe kinda NSFW)

It Kinda Looks Like a Slot Machine

The head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce thinks the .

Burnt to a Crisp, and Not in a Good Way

Pasieka, a Polish bakery that's been serving the Avondale neighborhood since the Great Depression, . The extra-alarm fire, which took 150 firefighters more than three hours to extinguish, is under investigation. contributor has from the scene.

Keep Them Unsafe Inside

The led to the discovery of three more maltreated teens and more than 200 animals in an 1,100-square-foot Berwyn apartment.

Are You Really Visiting Your Favorite Website?

In other Internet news, suburban-based 's Dutch subsidiary is that potentially threatens global Internet security.

The Headline Says it All


How Big is a 3.6 Million Acre Fire?

The Atlantic totals up Texas' unprecedented wildfires this season and So much for Chicago.

Genetic Link to PTSD Found

11选5图标下载With a sampling of NIU students examined before and after the 2008 on-campus shooting, researchers might be able to take

Impounded Car Makes a Break for It

11选5图标下载A South Side man recently got a red light ticket in suburban Willowbrook for a car that was supposedly . When he checked at the lot, he was informed that the car had been destroyed, despite the fact that he was paying off fines on a payment plan.

Groupon Exec Andrew Mason May Have Stumbled Into SEC PR Rules Quagmire, IPO Delay Possible

11选5图标下载New trouble for hometown giant Groupon, this time self-inflicted. , Groupon chief executive Andrew Mason may have broken SEC rules preventing a company from attempting to "condition the market by hyping its stock" by issuing an internal memo recently. In it, he defends against media reports about the company's numbers, a balance sheet that will no doubt be adversely affected if Groupon's IPO is put on hold.

SOLVE Murderer Sentenced

Kirk Tobolski, the man who stabbed street artist Brendan "" Scanlon to death in 2008 was sentenced to yesterday.

Check Your Deed

11选5图标下载The deeds to at least 30 homes in Chicagoland have been to , an obscure religious sect -- including the home of City Treasurer Stephanie Neely.

More Guns = Less Crime?

11选5图标下载 before and after the gun ban overturn.

RIP, Mikey C.

11选5图标下载 about a police horse that died yesterday afternoon at North Avenue Beach.

Round Up the Usual Suspects

11选5图标下载Or maybe not- turns out Studies suggest almost one third of witness identifications are wrong. Scary numbers for cities eager to put criminals behind bars. helps lead the way.

Have a Criminal Record?

11选5图标下载Now it's a little easier .

Finding a Small Amount of Solace

11选5图标下载Nearly 50 years ago, Chicagoan and Peace Corps Volunteer Larry Radley was among 30 people who died in a plane wreck in the Colombian jungle. His brother vowed to visit the site, .

MDW Fair To Return in October, Opens Call for Proposals

will return this October to Bridgeport's , and has announced that proposals for the sophomore installment are now being accepted.

Lynwood's 2008 Baggy Pants Ban Still Under Fire

11选5图标下载, you might have to sell your entire suspenders collection to pay.

The Return of the Gaylords

After three decades out of the spotlight, with a bust.

Uptown Clean-Up

After 29 arrests in late July, has sent 11 to prison on narcotics charges. This follows in January as part of an effort to combat a rise in gang violence and drug sales in the area.

O'Hare Gets Sweeter

11选5图标下载Nope, not in the concessions department (sadly). But have been installed along the east side of the airport, managed by , to make use of unused open space. Sweet! (Pun!) []

Grant Park Still a Mess From Lollapalooza

And with festival damage the worst it's ever been,

Bringing Recreation and Order to the South Loop

The construction of the new building , including installing a park and straightening out .

How Much is a Downtown Apartment?


Grave Robber Busted

No, he wasn't digging up corpses, but a suburban man was from area cemeteries and trying to sell them to a scrap dealer on the South Side.

IPhone Owner Chases Down a Criminal

definitely deserves a high-five11选5图标下载 after who stole her iPhone on the train -- and has since pleaded guilty to pushing a 68-year-old woman down the stairs to her death in another CTA iPhone robbery back in April.

Candy and Restaurants Nearly Devoured by the G8

11选5图标下载 in order to accommodate next May's G8 summit and its security demands.

Less Trash Pickup, More Vermin in Our Future?

The City is considering from once a week to every 10 days as a cost-cutting measure. Methinks the reduction in sanitation staff would be offset by the increase in pest control staff.

From the Jail to the Pound

Non-violent Cook County jail inmates have been chosen to work after-hours at Chicago's Animal Care and Control , a program that helps save the City money and gives the inmates useful services to perform.

Earlier Curfew For Kids

11选5图标下载Under a yesterday by the city council, children under the age of 12 now have an earlier curfew that requires them to be home by 8:30 pm on weekdays, 9 pm on Friday and Saturday nights.

11 Local Post Offices Face Closure

11选5图标下载Eleven post offices in the latest round of proposed cutbacks from the USPS. All of them are on the South and West sides except for one in the West Loop.

Here's a full list of the currently targeted for closure. Around 3,700 are on the list .

Never Dreamt He'd Go to Jail

11选5图标下载Rep. Luis Gutierrez was arrested yesterday afternoon outside the White House. He was seen with others to protest the more than one million people who have been deported since President Obama took office. This wasn't the he's been arrested related to immigration reform.

Baby-Thrower Arrested

An alleged kidnapper he was carrying at the cops chasing him down. One of the officers managed to catch the baby before it hit the ground.

Welcome to Chicago -- Now Pay Up

Travelers pay than anywhere else in the nation, a new report finds.

The Heat Gets to People

11选5图标下载A man shot another man dead Monday. []

Well, at Least the Trib's Printing Business Seems Healthy

Yesterday the Trib announced in addition to distributing them.

Aaron Swartz Charged with Data Theft

11选5图标下载, one of Chicagoland's earliest bloggers (now living in Cambridge, MA), was indicted today for from MIT and the journal article archive. Here's [PDF]. Demand Progress, the political action committee he founded, has that notes MIT asked the government not to prosecute. More on , and .

Blue Bin Competition

11选5图标下载The City turned its curbside recycling program into , with two private firms going up against Streets & San trucks. The plan is to expand recycling to more neighborhoods in six months.

No Futures

A former commodities broker from New York had several members of the Chicago-based on his hit list, according to federal prosecutors.

Without Borders

Following an unsuccessful play for a bankruptcy-court auction (no bidders stepped in to save the national bookstore chain), .

It's That Time of Year Again

11选5图标下载If you get hot during the day, .

Napoleon the Magnificent

became the first person in Cook County. Read our 2010 story about sex trafficking in Chicago11选5图标下载 in Mechanics.

Serious Problems with Real Estate Price Estimates

The made a mistake in its May estimate for median home values that suggests their last three years of data may be erroneous. The result: rather than Chicago's median condo sale price going up more than 10%, .

Finish Them!

This morning's severe thunderstorm for more than 600,000 people in the Chicagoland area. I caught a that I think explains why we were caught off guard by this storm.

Going "Apple Picking"

and other smartphones are skyrocketing on the CTA.

The Least Dangerous Game

Police are with disorderly conduct after a suspicious package left by "The Bean" in Milennium Park led police to evacuate part of the park. The package apparently only contained two bricks, and was left there as part of a "role-playing event."

Just Within Sites

City Council approved an ordinance within city limits -- just ahead of striking down a ban on said firing ranges.

Local Lawyer on the Casey Anthony Verdict

, DePaul University law professor and a noted death penalty defense attorney, was involved in Casey Anthony's defense early on in the trial. She this morning.

Attacks in Boystown

A man was by a group of young people on Halsted in Boystown Sunday night; the incident was caught on tape. Ironically, a "positive loitering" rally had been held the night before, after two similar attacks in recent weeks; the .

If You Didn't Know Already, Don't Try Everything At Home

11选5图标下载I'm not sure if is boredom or just plan 'ol stupidity. Since this is public knowledge now, we can all be the judges.

Massive Hail Damage at Garfield Park Conservatory

11选5图标下载The is closed indefinitely due to an from last night's hailstorm. As many as 60 percent of the windows in the conservatory's showrooms were shattered. to help with repairs. UPDATE: while repairs continue elsewhere in the conservatory.

"Second to None" ...Except Aurora

Chicago's tourism bureau announced a new tourism slogan yesterday: . Unfortunately, Aurora, Illinois' second largest city, has in an unofficial capacity since 2005.

Clergy Flout Church Position on Same Sex Marriage

11选5图标下载Local Methodist pastors have joined more than 200 other Illinois Methodist clergy in a proclamation in defiance of church rules.

Rahm's Renters Leave

The couple who have been renting Mayor Emanuel's Ravenswood home . The Halpins' lease runs out next Friday.

Guess What Won't be Featured in a Local Broker's Ads?

unwittingly handled .

Meet Reggie Brown

11选5图标下载That who got yanked from the stage at last weekend's Republican Leadership Conference? He's Reggie Brown, and .

11选5图标下载He has also appeared on in recent weeks.

Another Criminal Plot Gone Awry

11选5图标下载Federal agents are accusing a Chicago man of making and planting a bomb in Evanston in order to report it to the police -- .

Recalculating Our Destination

The Wall Street Journal checks in on the Adler Planetarium's ; supercomputers are crunching data nonstop in advance of the planned July 8 debut.

Don't Eff with Bozo, Kid

A police officer in a clown costume and killed a teenager who tried to rob him at gunpoint last night as the officer was leaving a fundraiser for a day-care business on the South Side.

Our Criminals are on Drugs

A whopping 83 percent of men arrested in Cook County last year tested positive for . UPDATE: The Reader's Steve Bogira points out those stats are .

A Letter of Interest

An unemployed single mother in Hobart, Indiana is a handwritten note she received from President Obama last fall for $11k.

Smile for the Camera

A $650,000 federal Homeland Security grant .

But They've Got Bats

Mayor Emanuel announced plans to in response to the "mob action" attacks. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has when visiting Chicago.

Critic Ousted After "Glee Live" Gaffe

Paige Wiser, the television critic at the Chicago Sun-Times for 17 years, after getting caught writing a fake review of "Glee Live." Wiser apparently fled the show early after one of her own kids fell off a chair and another puked in a cotton candy bag.

Mobbing the Beach Since 1898

Whet Moser puts the recent "flash mobs11选5图标下载" in perspective with .

"Warning - Avoid Chicago As A Vacation Destination"

That's of the ; they claim the city's gun laws "leave good citizens defenseless against brutal "flash mobs."

The Context of Conflict

Local design journal MAS Context's new issue, , is now live, as is .

Mugging by Mob

11选5图标下载The mobs of teens shoplifting on Michigan Avenue seem to be .

Indecent Proposals

Local hotel housekeepers are speaking out about being and the lack of support from management, joining in solidarity with housekeepers in New York following two .

Illinois Begins Same-Sex Civil Unions

marks the first day of same-sex civil unions in Illinois, with many eagerly getting licenses. Catalyst Ranch is sponsoring a for six couples. Congratulations!

To Chicago or Fargo?

11选5图标下载Chicago makes a humorous appearance as a foil in a syndicated columnist's .

North Ave. Beach Closed Early Monday

Eight people fell ill at North Avenue Beach on Monday, probably with heat stroke or related illnesses, prompting the CPD to .

Yes, Virginia...

Blind, Buxom Justice

11选5图标下载 broke a story (behind its paywall, unfortunately) of a lawyer who filed a motion to from the counsel's table because she might distract the jury. Jezebel has .

Quite the Pile of Bricks

11选5图标下载Lightning struck in Rogers Park this morning and took out some poor defenseless chimney bricks near Pratt and Greenview at the . Luckily, no one appears to have been injured. Transmission contributor Dan Snedigar took .

Holy Turtle

The Rapture may not have happened on Saturday, but Chicagoland's rich tradition11选5图标下载 of finding the Virgin Mary carried on.

Strip Malls & Archeological Sites

11选5图标下载Out in the middle of Schaumburg's suburban sprawl, has somehow avoided destruction.

Good Kids Going Bad for Fun

Ok, so "it's not an epidemic," .

Another Hazard of Foreclosures


Unlucky 13 for Mail Carriers

in the number of mailmen and -women bitten by dogs in 2010, according to the USPS.

Metra Crash Nearly Wrecks Stock Market

11选5图标下载The briefly today after a Metra train this morning, over fears that it was a terrorist attack.

Cops Accused of Rape: Update

Followup: Two police officers have now been with sexual assaulting a drunk woman they took home from the Wrigleyville bar area and played strip poker with.

Nearly 50-50

That's the any given Chicago area homeowner is underwater on her mortgage.

Cheese That Isn't Yours

was at the center of a recent scuffle at a West Side 7-Eleven.

Bicycle Thief Busted by Blood

Just how cheap has DNA testing become? Cheap enough to lead to an arrest for .

That's not a Knife; THIS is a Knife!

11选5图标下载The Daily Mail has of what we have to look forward to this summer .

When Pigs Fly

A will soon leave Chicago for South Korea to help replenish the country's herds after a devastating foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.

A Vivid Online Catastrophe

11选5图标下载A Los Angeles woman left her marriage and prepared to move to Colorado to be with a volunteer firefighter she met online when he suddenly died. Why did he die? Probably because he and more than 20 other people the woman met over the last year and a half by .

Someone's Determined to have the Finest Wig


Mudslides are not Milkshakes

It was apparently only a matter of time before the whole meme made it to Chicagoland.

Hitler Cake?

Leveraging the Power of Social Networks

11选5图标下载A pizzeria owner after recognizing one of them in his son's hockey picture; the rest were tracked down via facebook.

Dude, Busted

11选5图标下载More than have been intercepted at O'Hare, mostly on their way to college students, ordered off the internet.

Taxing Times

You know your taxes are due Monday, right? If you're running behind on this, you can get or the .

Illegal Billboards

A few weeks ago, we wrote about these anti-abortion billboards11选5图标下载 which feature an image of President Obama on the south side of Chicago. Well, it turns out they're illegal and there is a to get them removed.

Jailed According to Gender

The Cook County Jail now houses prisoners instead of birth sex, a big step forward for the transgender community.

Chute Open, Cuffs On

11选5图标下载A guy parachuted off the under-construction in the wee hours of Sunday morning. A police officer happened to hear his chute open, and was when he landed.

"Mini" Wal-Mart Coming to Rogers Park?

The is reporting that has green-lighted a deal to . The Alderman will have a press conference on Monday about the deal, but it sure won't be the last you'll hear about it.

11选5图标下载And if you believe that, you're pretty gullible. That's a sweet April Fool's from RogersPark.com.

Clever Apes Wants to Crush Our Souls


Cops Accused of Rape

11选5图标下载Two police officers are under investigation amid allegations that they played strip poker with and they had driven home to Rogers Park from the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The comments on Second City Cop regarding the case are .

A Stretch by Any Means

The Sun-Times surely left an opportunity dangling with the straightforward headline on about the , a foreskin restoration company soon to appear on the TLC network. I'm having trouble settling on just one.

Dog Park and Jazz Finally Together

11选5图标下载A new South Loop dog park after jazz icon .

Officers in Trouble after Gang Drop-off Video Discovered

Two Chicago police officers have been after WBEZ showing a young man being taunted by a large crowd while seated in the back of a police SUV. Our own Micah Uetricht spoke to Humboldt Park residents to get their reactions.

Maybe Navy Pier is Good for the Children After All

The Children's Museum has argued for years that it needs to move from Navy Pier to Grant Park, .

Deep Trouble

Chronic sewage overflow problems with Chicago's Deep Tunnel have prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to .

Sexual Assault Task Force

We've mentioned several of the projects that the has begun, but this newest one gives me hope. They'll be collecting information from and offering suggestions on how to improve the amount and quality of data related to felony sex crimes. Since they're encouraging transparency, the membership list is public, and quite impressive. (Thanks, !)

Expressing Our Condolences

The Consulate General of Japan at Chicago is, of course, , but it is also opening the doors at its to those wishing to express sympathies to victims of the earthquake .

Home Improvement Tip #4,678

11选5图标下载Do not try to remove the squirrels in your apartment .

Writing for the Reader ... Again

11选5图标下载Believe it or not, the Reader has another personnel switcheroo in the works; this time, after a year .

A Proposal for Making Lakeview More Livable

of the new Lakeview Area Master Plan the is .

"Will Work for Free"

The ads that Graduate Assistants answered didn't say that, but they should have. Due to a , GA's at University of Illinois are having their pay withheld until the taxes of their tuition wavers are paid. This means they work for free. GA's at Champaign-Urbana were to cover this difference. GA's at UIC were told to take out loans. Don't think this is fair?

No Longer a Death Penalty State

11选5图标下载Gov. Quinn a ban on the death penalty in Illinois today, making the moratorium George Ryan began permanent.

Further Fucksaw Fallout

The president of Northwestern has into the motorized sex toy (aka "fucksaw") demonstration in a recent human sexuality class. (Previously11选5图标下载.) Meanwhile, Rachel Rabbit White got from the people who put on the demo.

"Flash Mobs" Gone Wrong

CBS2 reports on in which groups of teenagers descend on a store, make a scene, and escape with merchandise. The attacks are allegedly organized via Twitter.

Weis Leaving Early

Despite saying he in Chicago, Police Superintendent Jody Weis is allegedly , when his contract expires, till May when Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel takes over and fires him. Keep an eye on for officer reactions.

Chicago's Hottest Spots

11选5图标下载If by hottest, you mean deadliest, that is. Some light poles, fences and sidewalk grates throughout the city are .

Politicians Gone Wild

Perhaps inspired by Wisconsin Democrat senators who to block a vote taking away collective bargaining rights from unionized government workers, congresspeople from Indiana are (or Kentucky) to avoid a similar vote. Meanwhile, has been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly, as well as .

Under the Bridge No Longer

Approved today, the seeks to eliminate the lakefront path's most notorious choke point.

Dumb Criminals in the News

Three guys from the suburbs decided to trash the insides of some unlocked cars last night. Only problem was, the cars were on display in the Toyota booth at the , surrounded by thousands of people, so of course .

How to Lose 200,000 People

The official demonstrate that Chicago's population . The African American population declined 17%, Latin Americans gained a little over 3% and non-Hispanic whites slightly declined.

Not-Owen Wilson Caught

Follow-up: Remember the guy who looked like "Owen Wilson without the crooked nose" who scammed a bunch of Oak Park businesses? , and the description holds true.

Weis: Meeting with Gangsters Worked

11选5图标下载Police chief Jody Weis said this weekend that his controversial decision to meet with West Side gang leaders last August , particularly murders. There is .

Lolla Leaks

on who's going to headline this year's music festival (August 5-7, 2011), and it's all bros. Word is that Eminem, Muse and Foo Fighters will likely11选5图标下载 be top on the bill.

Storm Central

The Sun-Times has a the National Weather Service's Chicagoland station as the blizzard arrived.

Oldham on Kelly

The Movie Crasher

A man described as "" is wanted for using counterfeit coupons at the Lake movie theater and several stores in Oak Park.

Picturing Rockford

11选5图标下载Minnesotan and Chicagoan for a NYTimes project entitled "."

Gun Pointed at State Congressman

State Representative -- who also happens to be a police officer -- had in Heart of Chicago this weekend.

Math is Hard

11选5图标下载Terrified by of Illinois' new tax increases? The Tax Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization, about some of the numbers reported. Not that we're not all still screwed, of course.

Keep Your Filthy Paws Out of My Silky Drawers

The Lake Villa District Library has from attending its exhibit on the history of women's undergarments. UPDATE:

Get'im, Scooby!

Heroes of the week: and his dog, .

Crazy Love

A Northwest side woman has been after calling police to (falsely) claim that her boyfriend, who was trying to break up with her, was attacking her. The real reason why she called? She was hoping to scare her now-ex into marrying her (I don't get it, either).

Every Year We Count Again

Chicago may have had the lowest murder rate since 1965 last year, but this year's count right away.

Chicago Murder Rate Lowest Since 1965

Though it was a deadly year in Chicago, the total number of , the lowest since 1965 when the total was 395. The 2010 total represents a drop of more than 54% from the all time high set in 1992 with 943 homicides.

Paint Thinner isn't for BBQ

On Reddit, (some very sad) to the at yesterday.

Candidate for Year's Dumbest Criminal

If you're carrying a "" and several pounds of drugs in your backpack, it's probably a good idea not to in the back of a cab.

Gingerbread House of Horrors

11选5图标下载Baked goods from Rolf's Patisserie in Lincolnwood may be contaminated with . 100 people in Illinois and Wisconsin .

The Grinchiest

A man was recorded off of a porch in Andersonville over the weekend. Police are still looking for him, or waiting for his heart to . []

Racist Goes to Jail

11选5图标下载Speaking of jail, white supremacist radio host was for threatening the lives of three Chicago appeals court judges after they overturned a local ban on handguns.

Greasy Fingers and Good Conversation

-- artist, proprietor of and food enthusiast -- has set out to start up a "."

The Business of the Supreme Court

New research by faculty at and the demonstrates that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s Supreme Court .

A Lot of Pot

No less than on six train cars in Chicago Heights. It's nearly three times the size of the previous largest seizure in recent years.

Tip Jar Bandit Caught

11选5图标下载A Chicago man was arrested for from at least three Starbucks and possibly several other coffee shops in the city and suburbs.

Another Reporter Without a Job

the intrepid reporter who filled comics pages for more than 70 years, .


PETA is praising the CTA for its .

Chicago Cops Will Tase You Bro!

Chicago police officers have tased people 683 times in the last year -- that's roughly 200 more times than in 2009 -- according to the . []

C'mon In: The Water's Fine!

11选5图标下载A federal judge of Chicagoland's shipping locks, thereby dashing (at least temporarily) the hopes of anti-Asian-carpers in the Great Lakes basin.

Rahm Emanuel And Mark Kirk Don't Make New Trier Hall of Fame List

11选5图标下载Neither Rahm Emanuel nor Sen. Mark Kirk made their high school's hall of fame the Sun-Times . (h/t: ). Members of the hall of fame include former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Christie Hefner (daughter of Hugh Hefner).

Illinois Senate Approves Civil Unions

11选5图标下载The giving same-sex couples the same rights in a civil union as married couples. Gov. Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as today.

Lakeview Leaked

Whatever your thoughts on WikiLeaks, culled from their latest document dump detailing how much the powerful Afghan president's brother "loves Lakeview" is undoubtedly entertaining.

A "Top Five" Bar Night of the Year is ...


Seriously? 2-2-2-2?

11选5图标下载More than 600 people in last Wednesday's Illinois Lottery Pick Four, and won. They'll share $8.4 million.

Probably Ended Up in the Plumbing Aisle

Heart valves meant for a Chicago hospital ended up at . No word on what showed up at the hospital. []

Dick Durbin, Actor

today for the upcoming thriller "Contagion." For the senator's cameo, Durbin will be the chair at a Senate hearing.

This Doesn't Mean You Can Get Away With Making Bad Art Now

11选5图标下载A prominent component of recent Chicago art history, art critic Kathryn Hixson ...

A Wrigleyville Turf War Heating Up?

A condo building at Irving Park and Greenview has been tagged repeatedly with gang graffiti, apparently .

Poor Investment Option

11选5图标下载The Department of Justice yesterday against a Chicago lawyer who allegedly has been promoting phony tax shelters.

Fake Bombs Away

A UPS cargo plane flying from Yemen to Chicago was when a suspicious package that appears to be a fake11选5图标下载 bomb was found on board. The package was addressed to a . UPDATE: The device and another found on a different flight .

Meter Box Bandit Stopped

in the case of the missing parking meter boxes. His name? Jeffrey Kaput.

Will They or Won't They?

Hugh Hefner says Playboy will "" leave Chicago, but the company's spokesperson said the company has "" to leave. We'll see...

Whittier Parents End Sit-In

11选5图标下载But not to get a library for their children.

Some Sort of Defamation

11选5图标下载The Tribune and Sun-Times both report two officers are suing police superintendent Jody Weis for defamation, but one calls it , the other calls it . , guys?

WBEZ Becoming More Chicago Public Media

11选5图标下载Behold . If you have compliments or complaints, .

ZOMG Chicago Weather

Tomorrow's thunderstorms are likely to be pretty bad, with likely. But ""? I don't think that what you think it means.

The Dollar-and-a-Half Menu Doesn't Sound As Catchy

11选5图标下载Oak Brook-based in 2011. (But before you start considering a boycott, heed the online comments: according to one patriotic diner, "anyone who does not eat at McDonald's is not a true American.")

Who Needs Exposed Railroad Tracks, Anyway?

11选5图标下载Melbourne, Australia's newest proposed park .

Trib's Head Heads Out

As anticipated, Tribune CEO Randy Michaels .

Rahm Makes Bank

t is Rahm Emanuel has raised $3.6 million since he kicked off his campaign for mayor. He announced his candidacy two weeks ago.

Think Before Hitting Send

Risqué e-mailer , Tribune Co's Chief Innovation Officer, has his post.

My Nomination for Today's Silliest Headline

"." Oh, and going 11 years without filing a tax return isn't wildly clever either.

Closing the Town Hall

11选5图标下载The CPD the iconic police station at Halsted and Addison next month. Its future is uncertain.

Gone Meter Gone

Someone's -- not the old-fashioned ones, the 200-pound pay-and-display boxes. Twenty of them so far.

Strike While the Iron's Cold

If you've yet to get to or , you'd best do so soon: Esquire just to its list of the country's best new restaurants. If the waits at Great Lake after their "best pizza in America" taught us anything, it's to get there before this issue hits the stands.

The Zox

Recalling the Chi-Tonw fiasco from a couple years ago, a tattoo artist at a is being sued for on a client's leg.

Lake Shore Crash

Last night, , injuring dozens. Eyewitness reports suggest a mechanical malfunction caused the crash—and that the bus's crowdedness prevented more extreme injuries. [ ]

Keeping Score

11选5图标下载Forbes released its annual list of the in the world, and Illinois can claim three of the top ten. Not to be outdone, NBC Chicago's Feast published a list of 10 of Chicago's most .

Sad News

There is unfortunate news today about the woman hurt while working as an extra on the set of Transformers 3. details a grisly injury and claims she is "permanently brain damaged."

Never Let Me Go

11选5图标下载Maybe someone gave Rahm's White House replacement Pete Rouse on his first day.

Well, Duh: It's Really Good Pie!

11选5图标下载 just made Bon Appetit's list of the country's . , from Armada, Michigan, also gets a shoutout -- as much for the pie as for being related to Grant Achatz and served at .

A Memory from the Mustache Era

The Sun-Times must be hurting for photo illustrations, given their decision to use of one of Mayor Daley's pals .

The Ultimate Tan

While lounging by the pool at his condo located in the Vdara Hotel in Las Vegas, Chicago personal injury attorney claims to have been that resulted from the reflection of the sun hitting the concave, all-glass building.

"Firemen, like cops, are street people."

Apparently, Oh, and there's something about "namby pamby" in the article too, so pay close attention.

MacArthur Fellows Announced

brainiacs receiving a no-strings-attached $500k MacArthur Genius Grant is U of C Anthropology professor and Columbia College-educated director/actor .

Book by Book

If you've been following the in Pilsen, then you know that a group of moms have been fighting for seven years to get a library. They've occupied the that Chicago Public Schools wants to tear down to turn into a soccer field. The believes in their fight and is starting a book drive and asking librarians to get involved to help them build a library, book by book.

A Day and a Half

The New York Times came back to Chicago for recently.

Still No Word on the Peculiar Power of an English Accent

11选5图标下载 why people are less likely to trust statements made by people with foreign accents.

FBI Conducting Mass Search of Antiwar Activists' Homes

Beginning this morning, the the homes of located in Minneapolis, Chicago, Michigan and North Carolina. Details are vague, but no arrests have been made, nor are expected to be made. UPDATE: More information about the is becoming available.

Elephantless in Chicago

11选5图标下载The last elephant at Brookfield Zoo .

This King's Dream

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at . organizations held a press conference to contradict King's claims and ask that she join them in their anti-poverty work, work her uncle would support.

Addressing 3,000 Acres of Brownfields

11选5图标下载 takes a look at .

How Many Times Have You Been Arrested?

, many of which seem to be for "aggressive panhandling."

Bombing is Not a Legitimate "Business Strategy"

After he believed would blow up an entire block of Wrigleyville on Saturday night, a 22-year-old man has been arrested and charged. Apparently he really hates Sluggers, Dave Matthews and Mayor Daley.

Cubs Now Fielding the Undead

Rookie outfielder/likely vampire, Tyler Colvin was impaled by a shattered bat as he was running towards home during the Cubs-Marlins tilt in Miami yesterday. No word on whether was in attendance or not.

Festa Muti!

11选5图标下载The and are treating as a rockstar during the monthlong "," which kicks off his new role at the CSO.

Mother Accuses Whittier Security of Pushing Child

Anne Elizabeth Moore, local activist and writer for , interviewed one of the women staying at Whittier Dual Language School11选5图标下载 until the city agrees to build the students a library. told Moore that security guards pushed her daughter and other children while arguing with the women to leave. If you think the parents of Whittier students deserve a library, .

Plus One for Bad Behavior

11选5图标下载Frank Castaldi was sentenced to 23 years for for 22 years.

Before Pimps Were Pimps

[pdf] yesterday noting pimps' common histories of sexual abuse, prostitution and familial involvement in sex trade prior to becoming pimps. (Related: our feature on sex trafficking in Chicago.)

That's a lot of Apples!

is of the contest, earning it more than $175,000 worth of cash and prizes.

Look, Ma! Clean Hands!

, but don't celebrate too quickly: 23 percent of men still don't wash their hands after visiting the toilet.

Those Quiet Towns Can Surprise You

11选5图标下载A man walking his dog early this morning found a and a suspected explosive device at Nichols Middle School in Evanston.

The Perils of Geocaching, Part 3,052

A suburban Menards was evacuated on Saturday . Apparently the item had been there since January.

Polite Bandit Caught

, but he still faces jail time if convicted.

Romeoville Hillbillies

11选5图标下载An oil pipeline in Romeoville . "One of our guys said it looked like the Beverly Hillbillies in the opening scene when the crude is bubbling up from the ground," said Romeoville Fire Chief Kent Adams.

Hey, Lady! What are You Hiding?

reports that a pregnant traveler felt like she was bullied by TSA agents to go through a full-body scanner instead of getting a pat-down exam. Yikes!

Mayor Daley No More?

11选5图标下载The Sun-Times has a terse announcement , promising more to come. This election cycle just got very interesting. regarding the announcement.

Another South Side Mural Meets Protest

11选5图标下载A new mural has been added to the to by , but some .

Looking for Summer Flings

Chicago may be the third largest city in America, but it's only fourth on of cities most actively looking for dates this summer. Apparently Miamians are far more desperate than we are. []

Chicago Policewoman May be the Nation's First

Meet Sgt. Marie Owens, "."

Major Federal Smuggling Case Run Out of Chicago

What was smuggled? .

Hawaii Wants Library More

11选5图标下载Hawaii is pulling out all the stop to win the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. Chicago, .

TBA: Eisner to Head Tribune Company

The formal announcement is "."

Maybe They Just Like to Make a Lot of Calls and Have a Lot of Cash On Hand?

Two US citizens traveling on a United Airlines flight from Chicago to Amsterdam are being by Dutch police this morning after suspicious items in their luggage--several cell phones and $7,000 in cash--suggested to baggage screeners that the duo were making a dry run for a terrorist attack. Relatives claim that the two men were merely bringing gifts to family in their native Yemen.

The Library of Hope

The fight for the Obama presidential library is . In one corner, Chicago; in the other, Hawaii.

Chicago Represents at the Emmys

While her first Emmy award for her work on the television show "Glee" last night, Dolton native name-checked the South Side in her acceptance speech. Lynch will be hosting an episode of "Saturday Night Live" later this fall (perhaps with the new who will join the cast for its next season). Other Chicago-connected talents who won awards at the ceremony include "Modern Family's" and .

Second Verse, Same as the First?

The Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to begin this January.

Municipal Bed Bug Assistance

11选5图标下载No matter which , Chicago has bed bugs, and the city to help those plagued by the pests.

A Little Good News About the Chicago Unemployment Rate

Chicago's to 10.5 percent in July. That's a decrease of .1 percent from June 2010. In July 2009 it was 10.8 percent.

Creepy Crawly

11选5图标下载 -- what is a , you might ask. And how can I of them? []

Decommissioning Zion

Speaking of area nuclear reactors, the already-offline will be and then opened up for "unrestricted commercial uses."

Bringing "Discredit" to the CPD with a Blog Post?

that was critical of the department .

So Long, ShoreBank

11选5图标下载, the only bank with a slogan anything like "Let's change the world," . Its "good" assets have been , leaving the future of investment in Chicago's low income neighborhoods.

Hide Your Children!

11选5图标下载Yet another alligator . This time, .

Libya Public Radio?

Last summer WBEZ reporter received to do reporting from Libya, .

"Stupid" Email Earns Dept. Head a Time-Out

The director of the Department of Revenue was over the memo about police needing to up their ticket writing, after Mayor Daley called it .

Hip Description? Name Game? Both?

Chicagoan uses Evanstonian as an example in questioning the label of "social entrepreneurship."

Blago Guilty on ONE COUNT

11选5图标下载After 14 days of deliberations, the former governor of Illinois is only charged for, a charge that carries a maximum of five years in jail and a $250k fine (prosecutors have until September 7 to decide if they want to retrial on the other 23 counts that the jury deadlocked on). Somewhere, Patrick Fitzgerald is .

Protecting and Serving and Such for a Long Time

Speaking of birthdays11选5图标下载, of the Chicago Police Department's founding.

Common Sense...How Does that Work?

While performing onstage at this weekend's Gathering of the Juggalos in downstate Cave-in-Rock, entertainer (?) by rocks, beer bottles, firecrackers, feces and urine thrown by concertgoers, some of whom later chased her to her trailer after Tequila abruptly ended her set. Update: now with NSFW !

Deadlocked Blago Jury?

11选5图标下载You've got to be .

Dan Rostenkowski Dead at 82

Former US Representative has at 82. The once powerful politician in 1996 for mail fraud.

Dog Day Afternoon

11选5图标下载Skip this unless you want to be depressed all day: perished after an American Airlines flight from Tulsa to Chicago.

Rallying Against Prop 8 Tonight

Q: A federal judge in California , which banned same-sex marriages in the state, what are you going to do now? A: Go to a at 6pm, of course! Celebrants are encouraged to bring rainbow flags. (Thanks, !)

The Ongoing Inquiry into Burge and Police Torture

11选5图标下载Governor Quinn to the over the weekend, clearing the way for more official investigations into police torture in the state.

Decorate Daley Plaza ... for Free


59 Hours, 54 Dead

The Sun-Times' Mark Konkol and Frank Main are working on a fantastic series about , why suspects often are , and why keeps witnesses from testifying.

Elvis Auction Canceled, Blago's Elvis Auctioned

11选5图标下载The Elvis autopsy memorabilia that was to go on auction has been last week due to "questions of ownership" -- but you may soon be able to bid on , along with other stuff from an Arlington Heights storage space.

Just Over the Border

11选5图标下载Mosquitoes in Evanston have tested positive for . Don't fret, there are easy ways to .

No Gino's, No Mag Mile, No Bean, No Sears Tower

Unlike some reporters11选5图标下载, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's travel writer actually a bit for for his piece on visiting Chicago.

Flooding at River City

11选5图标下载The condos are being evacuated due to flooding caused by , leaving residents without shelter for the next few days. Follow Gapers Block correspondent and River City resident Alissa Strother as she reports on the situation via her Twitter feed, ().

"Goodbye," Chicago Current. "Hello," Chicago Reader.

he is "immediately" ceasing operation of the and taking on a new role as associate publisher of the , where are also in the works.

2040: A City's Odyssey

11选5图标下载The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's , a plan for the Chicago area's next three decades, is available to read online. You can for CMAP on the plan's site through August 6.

Hwy 290 Off Strike

If frequent the highway towards the Northwest suburbs then you know it's been a pain with. What you probably didn't know is that construction came to a halt with .

Learning a Little About the South Side

11选5图标下载Top ten facts lists usually leave a lot to be desired, but there's actually some interesting information in this "" piece from the Trib.

That Was Quick

Less than a week after the FBI released its list of Chicago's most wanted criminals, .

Bloomingdale Trail Gets Another Look

Following the success of New York's , the NYT what other cities (like ) are doing to innovate unused rail spaces.

Theaters Win the Chase

11选5图标下载Fifteen small Chicago theaters $20,000 each from the . It was a unique community effort amidst an otherwise diverse field -- the national contest pitted nonprofits from all over the country in a Facebook voting spree to be in the top 200, so Chicago theaters ran against, for example, a blind cat shelter in North Carolina. Chicago's winners included Stage Left, Strawdog, The Hypocrites, Barrel of Monkeys, The House and The Neo-Futurists. nabbed the 200th spot, in fact. (The blind cats placed 6th.) Now: What shall the theaters

Localizing the Lohan Story

11选5图标下载Lindsay Lohan has Chicago defense lawyer . I'm guessing is what did the trick.

How to Miss Out on Chicago in 72 Hours

from the San Antonio Express News is so generic I almost wonder if the author even visited Chicago. Particularly shady: he supposedly caught a foul ball at a game -- but doesn't mention which park.

Watching and Listening to the Governor

, the FBI agent in charge of the Blagojevich wiretaps.

"Commentary on the State of American Journalism"

why was from WBEZ, rather than the , or the . [Thanks, Andrew!]

U of C Grad Imprisoned for "Stealing Secrets"

Xue Feng, a University of Chicago-educated geologist and US citizen, was to eight years in a Chinese prison for buying a database that contained information about the country's oil industry.

Biography of a Gun

11选5图标下载From Chicago magazine's archives: that was fired at a 7-year-old girl in West Englewood. It's an excellent primer into how firearms end up in criminals' hands despite the efforts to prevent exactly that.

Saving Journalism by Helping Journalists

Speaking of typing, the is for out of work journalists. The money will go towards the journalists' freelance reporting costs, equipment needs and skill development workshops.

Where are Travelers Going for the 4th of July?


R.I.P., Fred Anderson

11选5图标下载 , owner of the and mentor to numerous , has .

Not Everything Shrinks in a Recession

Chicago's population to the recession's downward figures.

Don't Mix the Grain with the Grape

The latest in highway sploshing. A load of spilled on the Stevenson yesterday, and today a truck rolled over on the Edens, losing 1200 cases of . Last March it was . Yummy. UPDATE: Here are a couple of photographs of the .

Jammed! At Least They Didn't Give Us the Raspberries...

The northbound I-55 on-ramp to the Tri-State Tollway might be a bit sticky for a.

What a Weekend

, , , -- good thing we had that to prepare for it all.

Red Line Fire

A had 19 passengers heading to hospitals yesterday. Scary stuff.

Hero May Face Termination

A Chicago Public School social worker donated his kidney to an almost perfect stranger, but could lose his job for .

I'm Doing Everything I Can... and Stop Calling Me Shirley.

Taking a page from the movie , an on the flight after he fall ill and assisted in landing the plane normally.

A Misguided HIV Clinic

The is seeking to from doing future work due to false data, lack of protection for study participants, forged documents, and missing experimental drugs.

Museum of Broadcast Communications Revived

11选5图标下载The is finally after receiving a from the state. Barring any new delays, the museum will be ready to open next year.

Natasha's Day Adds to $250k

11选5图标下载Natasha's Day to benefit Natasha McShane, one of the two women attacked with a baseball bat seven weeks ago. but has a long rehabilitation ahead of her. Learn how to help at .

Knitters Go Along with What Others Say

for Blagojevich's trial includes a knitter, a couple ex-Marines and an avid runner -- and their professions and interests are fuel for some odd conjecture about their predispositions.

Home Sweet (Evicted) Home

Condo foreclosures dominate . The problem goes beyond the neighborhood: the number of bank repossessions in nation's housing market by 44 percent in May.

Sit Still, Blagojevich

Today U.S. District Judge Zagel asked Blagojevich . I wonder if the same goes for his hair.

Defending the Stedman

Comedian Dennis O'Toole why Oprah's boyfriend thinks Chicago doesn't appreciate her.

It's a Boy (Zebra)!

There's a at the , the first born since 2001. More really cute pictures and videos .

How Might the Dots be Connected?

, about the relationship between new media models and the foundations that support them. We should mention that GB's feature funding opportunities are supported by and .

Lost and Found

If you've misplaced your , one was just .

Happy, Happy Tumblers

After word spread about the ' missing drums, donations to the group poured in, including from the Chicago Cubs Charities and the Ricketts family -- leading to a .

Wallet Returned 69 Years Later

11选5图标下载Robert Bell in Chicago in 1941. He .

Can You Spell This?

11选5图标下载Three Illinois students (Arlington Heights, Peotone and Charleston represent!) have made it into the of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which concludes tonight at 7pm on ABC7.

Glacier Envy

So apparently the Tribune wants to start up a between Illinois residents and those who live in Montana. Isn't that like getting involved in a land war in Asia?


Chicago Public Schools is apparently on the search for that could help teach students each day, sans teacher supervision.

Has Anybody Seen 20 Drums Laying Around?

11选5图标下载The showed up to their storage facility before an event .

An Empty Castle

Remember Rudy Acosta and his crazy mansion11选5图标下载 next to expressway? It's , on tax-exempt land, John Kass reports.

The Cashmere Castillo Fund

A has been set up in honor of Albany Park boy Cashmere Castillo who fell into the Chicago River while playing last week. in the river near Lawrence Avenue.

Speaking of Dillinger

The fake cobblestone streets from the film are at the center of a A man was severely injured when he crossed the rubber cobblestone street and his foot was wedged under a trolley track. He is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for permanent physical injuries.

TIF for Tat

The Reader , ward by ward. This is the latest in into possible misuses of these "shadow budget" funds.

Dividing Taste

11选5图标下载The fashion world's embrace of teen fashion blogger is , The Economist finds.

Loser of the Pack

A UIC researcher has (based on inventories of discarded empty packs of cigarettes from 100 city neighborhoods) that 75% of the cigarettes smoked in Cook County are not purchased in the county. But don't be angry that we will miss out on that much-needed tax revenue; those who buy their smokes on the down low have to pay that extra $2 per pack.

Residents to be Evicted En Masse from Cabrini Green Building

The has [PDF] to the 31 remaining households of the Cabrini-Green high-rise 1230 N. Larrabee. Note: , the building is not the last standing Cabrini Green high-rise.

4 Alarms, 1 Trash Can

11选5图标下载How many firetrucks does it take to put out a fire in a ? . (Better safe than , of course.) UPDATE: Reader , "To be fair, I work 20 floors above that fire, and the smoke was pretty bad up here."

Maybe We Should Stop Releasing Balloons

11选5图标下载A mylar balloon is in what is apparently the most recent of approximately 200 Chicago power outages in the last four years. In other news, of a concerned employee with a "Congratulations" balloon.

OnStar to the Rescue

11选5图标下载OnStar figures prominently in a of a robbery in Gresham.

The Next President of U of I

The University of Illinois is to appoint , formerly of the University of Connecticut, its next president.

Marina City Death

Breaking news from the that a man fell to his death this morning at the . The Fire Department was called to the scene, but little else is known at this time.

High School Basketball Team vs. Arizona Reform

11选5图标下载A Highland Park High School girl's basketball team . Speculation is that this move is in response to recent Arizona immigration reform despite the official reason listed as "safety concerns." Parents are upset at the apparent political statement being made with their children. []

First the Spindle, Then the Artist

Dustin Shuler, the artist behind the in Berwyn, .

Chicagoan Replacing a Chicagoan with a Chicagoan (Sort of)

President Obama that Solicitor General Elena Kagan is his nominee to replace Justice John Paul Stevens. Kagan taught at University of Chicago Law School and even , so I think we can claim her as one of our own.


I tried to resist the urge to post a story entitled ""--I really, really did.

Tragedy at Old Navy in the Heart of Downtown

It's a big day for strange and sad news in Chicago: the Tribune reports that a at Old Navy on State and Washington was a murder-suicide. Live is available as of 11:45am.

Live By the Train, Die By the Train

A day after a against Metra's executive director, Phil Pagano was . UPDATE: The death is being called a suicide. And allegedly, "a copy of Metra's procedures on how to handle a service disruption after a suicide" was found on Pagano's body.

Greece is Off the Hook, All Eyes Turn to Chicago

11选5图标下载Despite televised of Greece, many () are pointing to a supposed trading error in Chicago as the catalyst to yesterdays market free fall. The economy teetered on the edge because, if the reports are correct, a trader entered a 'b' instead of a 'm' before the 'illion'. Hear that Greece? It's not your fault.

I Like Ike

Guess who's got his own Facebook page? That's right, .

Truer Words

11选5图标下载The is nothing like Colombia, Italy or Chicago.

McDonaldsPier Perhaps?

In an effort to help fund the McCormick Place and Navy Pier proprietor (McPier), state officials may allow them to .

UIC Grad in Harvard Law Racism Brouhaha

Perhaps you've heard about Stephanie Grace, the Harvard Law student who penned an email last fall to her friends suggesting that African Americans are genetically predisposed to intellectual inferiority; are now making the of the (understandably ) Internet. A fellow Harvard classmate and UIC grad () has been identified as the forwarder. Her motive? She was .

Hollywood Sign Saved from Chicagoans by... Former Chicagoan

Building on our earlier post: Former Chicagoan () to transfer ownership of the property surrounding the iconic Hollywood sign in California from Chicago-based real estate developers to the Trust for Public Land.

A Not So Good Morning

It turns out that putting as it appears it might be in .

I'm Gonna Make'em an Offer They'll Probably Refuse

Wal-Mart really, really wants to open more stores in Chicago. So badly, in fact, they've to local unions. The conversation should be an interesting one, given the company's insistence that wages won't be on the table -- and their well-known on .

Caps Lock = Important

From to , yesterday's civil disobedience for immigration reform is drawing quite a bit of of attention. How can we be sure it was a big deal? Well, the Huffington Post put a word in ALL CAPS in title. They usually save that for celebrity NIPPLE SLIPS or when somebody famous LAYS THE SMACK DOWN on somebody else famous.

Bucktown Bat Attacker Caught... Maybe

In case you hadn't heard, on the infamous Bucktown from last weekend. The comments, as always, are particularly interesting.

On Cartoons and Freedom

In the wake of the , Tribune cartoonist Scott Stantis explains where he .

11选5图标下载 Also via Trib blog The Seeker, and provide thoughtful responses to the turbulence between Comedy Central and Revolution Muslim.

Calling in the National Guard?

State reps John Fritchie and LaShawn Ford think violence in Chicago has gotten bad enough to . Father Michael Pfleger, among others, thinks that could just .

African Americans leaving Chicago

According to some on Chicago's demographics, from 2000 to 2008, Chicago's African American population dropped while the suburban African American population grew. The 2010 census data may show an even greater exodus.

Looking for a Lakeview Condo?

11选5图标下载Patti Blagojevich's just went .

Rahm Israel Emanuel's Got Talent

Whether or not the feasibility of a potential Mayor Rahm has you scratching your noggin, the Tribune compiled about the former ballet dancer turned White House chief of staff.

You Say "Tomato," I Say "Dynamite"

In the strangest "he said, she said" argument heard in a while, a couple is arguing over whether the .

Preserve or Perish

11选5图标下载Landmarks Illinois released its annual list of today, and Chicago's and make the cut along with the and . (Related: the Uptown just launched a this week.)

Dishwashers Flying off the Shelves

Illinois' cash-for-appliances program, which took effect at 8am today, .

Tea Partiers in Chicago Aren't Bitter


A New Foreclosure Fear

11选5图标下载As if hundreds of vacant houses weren't enough, .

Downtown Prison Reportedly Unpleasant

ensured that the was visually striking, but . If you're itching for other tales of life inside the prison, you can read . If you'd like to toss your hat into the ring, you can always review it ... .

Back to the ER/Chicago Hope/Due South/Early Edition Glory Days

If you like to scene spot TV shows for local locations, things are looking up! The reports that there're .

April Cools (from Here)

11选5图标下载You're not imagining things: today is . The warmth doesn't last, alas -- Friday will stay warm, but the weekend looks to be rainy and cooler, moving back into normal spring temperatures.

Bean Counter

11选5图标下载If you find yourself overqualified for your current job, you just might be .

Cakegirls Building Fire

An early morning has destroyed the building that houses bakery at 2207 W. Belmont Ave. A residential fire started on the second floor at about 5:30am and was brought under control by 7:00am but the Chicago Fire Department judge the building a total loss.

U of C Censors Facebook Status

A student's questionable Facebook status update warrants over [PDF]. This, of course, : How would merely censoring the student have solved the problem?

Bleacher Heist

The man who piece by piece from a West Side high school is .

Biggest Drug Bust This Year

11选5图标下载The Chicago Police from the .

But, Mom, Dirt is Good for Me!

demonstrates that .

Mack the Knives

Kevin J. Long tried to bring four knives into the Daley Center courthouse last week. A search of his home turned up , batons, brass knuckles, a few handguns, and "several pieces of papers with police officer and sheriff deputy names on them." I'm sure he has a perfectly reasonable explanation.

Chicagoans Don't Like To Pay Taxes

Chicago is the in the country. Maybe if the were lower that wouldn't be the case.

Citizen's Arrest!

A group of witnesses to an armed robbery on the near South Side . The suspect apparently sustained some injuries in the process.

Not an Article from the Future

"" If only they were talking about spaceships.

So, Who is Attacking Our Cabbies?

The Tribune looks into leaving cab drivers frequented () by occupational violence. The Reader's Whet Moser with on "bad neighborhoods" vs. "white-collar types partying in trendy areas" and why race plays a major role.

Chicago's Unemployment Rate Goes Up and Up and Up...

11选5图标下载Chicago's unemployment rate reached 11.6 percent in January, Chicago Business .

Fitting In

The 2010 Census will start filling our mailboxes soon, but will your identity be truly counted? The Tribune with local Chicagoans.

Chi City Web

The City of Chicago's website got its today. Check out the new (which seems to run on a similar template to ) and see if you can navigate it any easier.

Perhaps Another Reason McCormick Place is in Trouble

A "reputed mobster" has been charged with .

Another Missive from Outside the "Media"

Remember that list of 119 words and phrases11选5图标下载 that Randy Michaels, CEO of the Tribune Company, banned? Well, it seems about the list and dug himself a deeper hole while expressing his frustration.

Don't Tase Me, Bro

Chicagoans will now have the opportunity to be shocked . The announcement nearly immediately follows .

Characterizing Gov. Quinn's Proposed Tax Hike

The Trib proclaims "" on its front page, while the Sun-Times opts for "." Ah, politics. (Note that the links reference articles with slightly longer titles.)

Even More Surveillance

Now that criminals have learned to operate around the perimeters of blue light cameras, Chicago police plan to around the city.

Remember Donald Rumsfeld?

11选5图标下载Well, he has another reason to dislike the home of Obama and Daley: a Chicago federal judge that will explore his role in setting detainee handling policies in Iraq.

Warren to Leave the Chicago Reader

The Reader's Publisher of the last few months, , will to move on to other opportunities. Here's on the matter.

Man Arrested on the Roof of the Art Institute


The New Yorker On Mayor Daley

This week's New Yorker has an article on Mayor Daley by Evan Osnos. The article is behind a paywall but you can read a summary .

Rogers Steps Down As WH Social Secretary

11选5图标下载Chicago native as the White House Social Secretary.

Another Subpoensed Chicago Official

Except this time it's...the mayor. That's right. Mayor Daley has been .

No Longer Just "Upstairs" vs "Downstairs"

11选5图标下载The in compensation, working conditions and demographic characteristics for those who work in the front of the restaurant compared to those who work in the back.

Aqua Stands Out

is to be of the Skyscraper Award, the "world's most renowned prize for high-rise architecture" according to the presenter, global building database .

I Guess "They" Don't Like Email Flood Attacks

11选5图标下载 is up to involving a Chicago court.

Live Like A Crook

11选5图标下载Tony Rezko's old mansion

A George Polk Award Goes To Illinois Reporters

Belleville News-Democrat reporters George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer the George Polk Award for Local Reporting for their investigative series on harsh conditions in a supermax prison.

More Adult Than Usual

An adult bookstore in Melrose Park apparently also has , according to a Fox News Chicago investigation. []

A Minor Oversight

Don't forget that you leave footprints in the snow .

From Haiti to Chicago, and Back Again

11选5图标下载The New York Times of Kenwood resident Jean-Paul Coffy as he cares for his parents in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Coffy's Chicago friends are maintaining following his travels.

Did You Feel the Earth Move?

Apparently, the far West Suburbs experienced a this morning. That's the in about two years. No, we're probably not doomed.

Potentially Landmarking the Hansberry House

The Chicago City Council to . The house was owned by , a prominent progressive African American businessman and father of playwright . A related to his ownership of the building ultimately struck down one form of racially restrictive covenants.

Local Company Helps Preserve the Hollywood Sign

11选5图标下载Well, sort of. it owns near the landmark Hollywood sign to the Trust for Public Land -- but only after it was unable to sell it to a commercial developer. To raise money for the purchase, the Trust will to read "Save the Peak" on Thursday.

How Many Times Have You Been Arrested?


Lightsabers at Dawn

11选5图标下载Can't beat Crain's headline for this one: .

Never Going to Live this Down...

were reunited with the Rockford Police Department after the car was stopped at a Chicago intersection.

Burris Needs Money

11选5图标下载Illinois's current junior senator, Roland Burris, according to filings released today.

Costa's Not Open for Business

Alvin Shubert, contributor (and today's Rearview photographer), last night to see . Another contributor, Michelle Wotkun, .

CPD Ups Its Social Media Game

11选5图标下载The department unveiled a new today, designed to deliver urgent, location-specific email and text messages to . CPD says Nixle will help citizens while increasing community engagement.

Insecure Paperwork

is floating around out in Des Plaines, as loads of W2s, job applications and other sensitive documents blow down Touhy Avenue.

Chicago Ponzi Webio

The latest chapter in the Chicago Sports Webio saga (remember that11选5图标下载?): founder to fraud yesterday.

Assaults Reported Near Francisco Brown Line Stop

11选5图标下载Someone is following women from the Francisco Brown Line stop and , according to police and independent reports we've received here at Gapers Block. More details and descriptions of the suspects will be shared at Thursday night's meeting, 7pm at the Korean American Senior Center, 5008 N. Kedzie Ave.

No Grant Park Fireworks this Year?

The Mayor's Office of Special Events announced today that this year due to budget cutbacks. UPDATE: Instead, the City is planning three smaller July 4 fireworks shows for downtown and the North and South Sides -- the Trib has .

Man with Gun at Northwestern

11选5图标下载A man with a gun has been . Campus and Chicago police are searching the Rubloff Building. UPDATE: The lockdown has ended and all buildings on campus are open: an intensive search was conducted but no one matching the gunman's description was found.

Chicago Medical Volunteers Go To Haiti

Twenty volunteers from Rush Hospital are to Haiti to help assist in the relief efforts.

Unemployment Up To Eleven Percent

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the unemployment rate in December rose to 11.1% within the state. (Via the )

A Familiar Look

A examines the and finds that instead of provinding low-income tenants with more opportunities, it's actually creating more of the same.

Tweet Resists Libel Claim

The libel lawsuit against a woman who tweeted a complaint11选5图标下载 about her landlord, Horizon Group Management, .

One Million Dollars

A former Chicago police officer was for trying to deposit a counterfeit $1 million check.

JFK, King, Counterfeiting and the Social Service

11选5图标下载Abraham Bolden, the first African-American White House Secret Service agent, lives on the South Side .

And You Thought Nipple Biting Was Bad

The John Kass was obviously intrigued by recent nipple biting, so .

Sweet Relief

This Saturday, several of Chicago's beloved bakeries and celebrated sweet shops will join forces for a , hosted by . All proceeds will be donated to and for their ongoing relief efforts in Haiti.

Haiti Hits Home

The heartbreaking tragedy in Haiti has claimed at least two victims with local roots. Andrew Grene, a Chicago native who studied at both Northwestern and the University of Chicago, was the top aide to the head of the UN's mission in the Caribbean country. He was this morning. (Previously.)

Shapely New Publication

The , "your definitive neighborhood guide to North Center, Lincoln Square and Ravenswood Manor," launches today. Read more about it in Mechanics.

Today in WTF News

An off-duty officer suffered a "" during an altercation with an unruly diner outside Gibson's last night.

From Out of the Toothy Mouths of Dinosaur Babes

reminds us that Chicago was, essentially, founded by a . Please out.

One Tick Back

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists , to 6 till midnight.

Hamming It Up

11选5图标下载 recently received . Want to to go with all that bacon?

CPD Dog-Shooting Trend?

11选5图标下载An off-duty police officer yesterday. Seems like dog shootings have been in the news a lot lately. Is a or a case of echoing coverage?

Finally Baffled

11选5图标下载Thomas Frank's magazine, The Baffler, has finally published its first resurrection issue. Alongside the new print, the magazine's website has also been streamlined. Check it out .

Walmart FAIL in Chicago

11选5图标下载Results of a that the 2006 opening of a Walmart in Austin had a detrimental effect on job creation and economic development in the West Side neighborhood, causing nearly 100 nearby businesses to close after its opening and losing almost as many jobs as the new store provided.

Tylenol Murders Back in the News

The prime suspects in the , in which cyanide-laced Tylenol killed seven people in the Chicago area, may be to investigators.

Send Our Hood Internet Home!

According to their posts, (or possibly just DJ STV SLV) are caught up in a . Update: !

It's On!

That is, .

Blago Pays the Mortgage

Former governor Rod Blagojevich on the next season of the NBC show "The Celebrity Apprentice." He will join other luminaries such as comedian Sinbad and Poison's Bret Michaels. The show will debut March 14.

With an Ax Raised High

A man in Park Ridge yearns for the fulfilling life of Blagg the Axman but instead .

Bicyclist Hit By Brown Line

11选5图标下载A by a southbound Brown Line train tonight near the Francisco stop. He was transported to the hospital in serious to critical condition. There are . Please be safe out there!

Blues Brothers an Airport "Attraction"?

AP travel writer Beth Harpaz includes the pair of Blues Brothers statues at the House of Blues store in Midway Airport as . I would have chosen the at O'Hare, myself.

The JFK Nude Yacht Party That Didn't Happen

11选5图标下载Playboy sunk TMZ.com's "news" of allegedly of President John F. Kennedy sunning himself on a yacht full of naked babes. Turns out it was . (Both links NSFW.)

McHenry Co. Teen Aquitted of Rock Throwing

11选5图标下载Last summer, a teenage girl felt threatened by a group of boys in a car who kept driving by, yelling, and threatening her and a friend. She picked up a rock and threw it at the car, smashing a window. Today, a judge found that, while the action wasn't the smartest move, in defending herself from possible assault.


Don't forget, from this Friday onward, you'll get a ticket for . (Then again, how many people actually get tickets for using their phone while driving?)

Running On Empty

11选5图标下载Those new Pace buses that serve Bolingbrook, Schaumburg and Harvey () have it all: plush seats, leg room, even bathrooms.

Illinois Makes Top Five In Population

Illinois is the fifth biggest state in the country according to . The Land of Lincoln has 12.9 million people which puts it behind California (37 million), Texas (24.8 million), New York (19.5 million), and finally Florida (18.5 million).

"Sorry, We're Closed"

11选5图标下载I hope you don't have official city business to take care of today, .

Animal Stories

11选5图标下载It's been a bad couple of days for animals in captivity in Chicago. First, one of two beluga whales born this week at the Shedd Aquarium . And today an elephant at the Brookfield Zoo had to be after suffering kidney failure.

Sing it Again: Baby Beluga

A Beluga whale for the second time in a week. This time the calf is 5 feet 6 inches long and weighs 152 pounds. UPDATE: Unfortunately, past its first day.

"[Y]ou can read between the lines"

Steve Rhodes is no longer contributing to , and . UPDATE: on the WBEZ blog.

Art Shouldn't Be a Crime

Artist Christopher Drew has been fighting against Chicago's regulations against peddling for years, most recently with . Earlier this month the police finally arrested him, giving him the opportunity to fight it in court -- but also for taping his arrest despite it occurring in public. it's just the latest attempt by the CPD to hide the identities of its officers.

Practical Joke Mistake #542

Don't text your girlfriend that there's a man with a gun in the bank11选5图标下载 if there isn't one.

Krazy Love

New Dawn for Twilight Taper

Charges against the woman who was arrested for taping a couple minutes of New Moon at her sister's birthday party .

Thought That Only Happened on TV

A Naperville doctor was woken from a nap aboard a flight to Salt Lake City to . Mother and child are doing fine, but the doctor is a little sleepy.

Let My Viewers Go

The woman attempting to record the movie New Moon11选5图标下载 at a Rosemont theater is facing three years in prison, but she has a surprising defender: .

Bears (and Other Interesting Animals) with New Habitat

11选5图标下载The has unveiled .

Luc Longley Plays Name That Shrimp

Former Bulls star Luc Longley won an eBay auction for naming rights to , not far from his home town. He named the colorful shrimp Lebbeus clarehanna after his 15-year-old daughter. Think you've got a better name? Tell us in Tailgate. []

Tapes Stolen From Blago

It seems a computer containing undercover recordings from the Blagojevich corruption investigation were from the offices of the attorneys defending Blago.

To Satiate Your State News Cravings

Via The Reader's , behold the service.

Check It Out: Library Hours Being Cut

11选5图标下载In these lean times, usage and circulation is up. Unfortunately, the hours at many facilities are being

Faith and Good Work

that his work as the founder and executive director of has netted Eboo Patel the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award.

CHA Teardown Showdown

Residents of the CHA's , set to be demolished to make way for a mixed-income development, say the'll pull a and

Mismarking at Burr Oak

11选5图标下载And the ...

17 Gay Youths Attacked (That Were Reported)

Hate crimes are on the rise for LGBT youth in Chicago's south and west sides (in neighborhoods such as Englewood and Roseland) when members come home from the Hyde Park-located community center. Chicago Free Press

RedEye Increasing Circulation

The RedEye is from 200,000 to 250,000, making it the largest daily newspaper in Chicago and one of the largest in the nation, Kevin Pang .

Zell Out As CEO

Sam Company. He's not totally disconnected though, he remains Tribune's chairman.

Durbin Talking About Thomson Today

to discuss the possible transfer of Gitmo detainees to the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, IL.

No 'Block' Party

11选5图标下载The picks up on the troubled existence and continuing saga of the Block 37 project, despite the recent opening of the there.

Meet Your New Neighbors

11选5图标下载The Church of Scientology has announced their Illinois headquarters to in 2010.

Also Reduced Service Day Today

It's not just Black Friday, . Most city-run institutions will be closed which the city hopes will help fill a budget hole. This is the second of three reduced service days this year, the first one was on August 17, the last one is on Christmas Eve.

More For Chicago Media

11选5图标下载The Washington Post is its national bureaus, including the one in Chicago.

Blogger Battle: Parking Meter Economist's Edition

The Parking Ticket Geek and Reuters blogger Felix Salmon got into a back-and-forth about the Chicago Parking Meter story (and I got a few questions in) .

E2 Owners Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Dwain Kyles and Calvin Hollins, the former owners of the E2 night club

Got Out Their Guns, Brought Their Friends

Chicago's handgun ban will be reviewed by the Supreme Court, and .

McKenna Making Up Tribune Quotes

Republican gubernatorial candidate Andy McKenna is the Tribune on things it didn't publish.

Take on City Hall

The has opened the . They'll focus on helping people challenge closed government practices under the Illinois Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, and other similar acts. An Oak Lawn resident for deciding to fire public employees by a private consensus, instead of a public hearing, is their first client.

Salmon Takes Issue With Marking Meter Story

11选5图标下载Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon has with the Chicago News Cooperative's Dan Mihalopoulos's story on the Chicago Parking Meter deal.

Gore On WBEZ

11选5图标下载 tomorrow morning at 9am to talk about climate change, among other things.

Axelrod Still Eats At Manny's

David Axelrod was in town recently and James Warren sat down with him over a meal at Manny's. Warren's subsequent briefly recounts Axelrod's journey from being a Chicago journalist to a senior advisor to the president.

Daley to Media: You Helped Drive Oprah Away

Coming to the end of a banner week in his career, Mayor Daley told a reporter at a United Negro College Fund benefit last night that for Oprah Winfrey's decision to end her show in 2011. "So you keep kicking people, people will leave, simple as that."

What A Croc!

Chicago's own , Universtiy of Chicago celebrity palentologist , unveils five new species of that he unearthed in the Sahara over the past few years. The new findings include the . We're guessing it didn't eat flapjacks.

Oprah's Last Show

It seems , and her 453-local-employee-run Harpo Inc. studios are not fleeing the Windy City for L.A. . Oprah is . The announcement will be officially made on her show (after 25 years on the air) Friday with the last show scheduled on Sept. 9, 2011.

Rogers Park Robber Nabbed

Note to would-be muggers, maybe wearing a isn't the way to go. Also, don't "" and decide to "go on a spree."

Chicago Edition Debuts Friday

11选5图标下载The Chicago edition of The New York Times, produced by the Chicago News Cooperative, Friday.

Say Cheese

The Wall Street Journal looks at the proliferation of cropping up around the city and discusses the safety-vs.-privacy issues.

Bears Fans Out Of Bounds?

11选5图标下载A Pittsburgh Steeler fan says he was while drinking at a bar near Soldier Field following a post-game altercation with Bears fans.

Podcast With Chicago Current Founder

11选5图标下载Chicagoist Chicago Current founder Geoff Dougherty.

Gen-X Recession

11选5图标下载Remember how Generation X supposedly all slackers who hate their jobs? Yeah well, apparently the recession is is a good excuse to , with a twist.

Illinois Prison Could Hold Gitmo Detainees

The state's maximum security . Rumor is that it's at the top of the White House's list.

Metra Fares To Increase

Effective February 1. the Associated Press one way fares will increase by six percent alongside a $2 ($5 to $7) increase for weekend fares and a $1 ($2 to $3) increase for buying tickets on the train.

Blago: Just Hold On A Few Months!

Governor Blagojevich is trying to his trial until September.

Fort Hood Hits Home

The tragedy of the shooting at Fort Hood struck close to home today as the body of Army Pfc. Michael Pearson, soldiers killed from the area, .

Food Stamps for Pets

11选5图标下载OK, food stamps aren't involved, but a variety of organizations in the Chicago area and elsewhere .

A Haul Not Quite Worth its Weight in Gold

A criminal crew got creative on the North Side Monday night by . They didn't make it into the jewelers, but they made off with some beauty products, prompting some pretty funny at the end of the article.

Get Out of Jail Free

The first of as part of a cost-cutting measure are springing free. Only 62 are to be released today, getting out of their sentences up to a year early.

CTA Has Ideas For Budget Gap

11选5图标下载The CTA has about how to fill the budget gap, but nobody knows which one will actually work.


Beware of Falling Ice

11选5图标下载, and you will be confused.

872, Represent?

The new area code 872 , so don't forget you'll need to dial an area code for any Chicago number -- even if it's in the same area code as your phone.

A New Kind of Cubby Pride

With the Cubs' change of ownership, they have become the first professional sports team .

Kids n' Compost

Elementary school students in Oak Park, Naperville and Villa Park are learning early about making "" on their environment. They're recycling, composting food scraps after lunch and sending far less trash to area landfills.

Bride Tricked, Turns Halloween Wedding into Treat

11选5图标下载When Chicagoland bride-to-be 's fiancé left her days before their Halloween-themed wedding and reception, it was too late to cancel the arrangements -- so she and her mom . []

A New Phase for the Trib?

If you pick up a copy of the Trib next week and notice something different, there's a good chance it's because .

Retelling Tales of Tsavos

at the ? , says a new study.

Apple, North and Clybourn

Apple has to the North and Clybourn Red Line stop, below a Lincoln Park shopping center and below the future home of . This apparently could earn Apple

61st Street Garden Coverage Expanding

The imminent closure11选5图标下载 of the is getting a lot of attention from the media, with the and augmenting weeks of coverage in the and the Invisible Institute's .

Changing Hands

Two venerable Chicago institutions officially have new owners: and the .


Will the Trib be able to woo luxury advertisers? .

Craigslist Hookers Back in Action

Remember the lawsuit Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart filed against CraigsList for creating a prostitution marketplace via its "erotic services" listings? .

New Developments at Michael Reese Hospital

While demolition preparation continues for nearly all of the Michael Reese campus, the city is 11选5图标下载 keeping one building, the .

The New York Times, Chicago Edition

11选5图标下载Next month when The New York Times , it will be edited by some big names in the media business -- James O'Shea, James Warren and Ann Marie Lipinski to name a few.

Daley'd Better Check Himself

Errr... .

Chicago Is Stressed Out

11选5图标下载According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, Chicago is the . Said survey was sponsored by Princess Cruises, who calls the survey their "Life Balance Barometer." No word yet on whether a cruise is the perfect stress reliever.

Venetian Night to Go Under Water

11选5图标下载Among other major cuts in his next budget proposal, Mayor Daley has for Venetian Night.

Is CeaseFire Working?

is getting in light of the violence at Fenger High School, but Beachwood Reporter's , likening it to the failed DARE anti-drug program in the '80s and '90s. Related: a profile of CeaseFire gang mediator Tio Hardaway11选5图标下载 we ran last summer.

Running the "Gantlet"

More than a few people wrote the Trib commenting on their use of , so .

NYT Chicago Edition Soon To Come

11选5图标下载The New York Times its San Francisco "Bay Area Report" edition recently. The Times Company plans to launch a similar Chicago edition soon, although if the San Francisco venture is a flop the Chicago one probably won't happen either.

What's Going on with Market Hall?

The what happened to the $1.1 million Illinois FIRST grant given to the for the still unrestored .

Blago's Real Legacy?

Call it The Blago/Ryan Rule. After having two consecutive governors involved in scandal, voters will get the chance to vote on a on the November 2010 ballot. Meanwhile, former Gov. Blagojevich's hole gets ...and he's getting mud on in the process.

Hey DJ

It's official: . Looks like it might be time for to learn how to beatmatch that noise.

Here's Some Good News: Lower Crime

That's right: compared to the same time last year -- even youth homicides dropped by 19%.

Auctioning a Part of Elvis

If you'd rather rock'n'roll than swing11选5图标下载, why not while you're at it?

Felt Good to be a Gangsta

Two odd belongings of two legendary Chicago gangsters are changing hands. A , including a letter to his father from jail and a gathering of guns, goes up for auction in December. And yesterday at a foreclosure auction for $2.6 million.

Talk About Your High Approval Ratings

Barack Obama just a Nobel Peace Prize.

If Chicago's Youth Violence Were Elsewhere

Bernadine Dohrn, , reminds us that "Were this in Colombia, the Congo or Myanmar, we would recognize that children who are recruited into warring groups by much older adults to fight as child soldiers must be disarmed, demobilized, rehabilitated and reintegrated into the community."

SOLD! (Well, Almost)

11选5图标下载A bankruptcy judge has to the $25 million bid led by James Tyree. Of the 16 unions needed to realize the deal, 14 have approved it so far, and the bidders are optimistic about the final negotiations.

Saying "Goodbye" to a Community Garden

It's official: the 61st Street Community Garden by the University of Chicago "shortly after Halloween" so it can be the staging area for the construction site. CTS is relocating in order to make room for the .

Cabbie Calamity

In the "sick and wrong" files, . It's commonly accompanied by ethnic hostility, reports the .

Wait Wait ... Don't Steal That Bike!

11选5图标下载's is among the of .

New Feature at Windy Citizen

The just got a little more democratic with the .

Getting Rich by Bankrupting the Trib

11选5图标下载In other Tribune news, the NY Times examines of the .

Trib: Rebuild Our City While Preserving Gropius

Now that there is no need to build an Olympic Village, the Trib is calling , including the preservation of "Reese's landmark ."

Maybe It's a Good Thing

Even the Wall Street Journal not winning the 2016 Olympics.

Not a First Choice for a Headline

I'm not sure the Trib is really selling this article: "." Um, OK.

The Verdict:

Meet the "Mancession"

U of C economics professor wants to know

The Chicago New York Times?

The New York Times launch a Chicago edition.

Load Up On Guns, Bring Your Lawyers


A Man's Home Is At Castle?

11选5图标下载A is accused of playing the Archie Bunker card in dealing with women customers and employees.

Maybe Grandma Should Stay at Home

Illinois is known for a lot of great things, but one of them .

Brown's Chicken Murder Verdict

James Degorski, the second suspect in the infamous case, was this afternoon. Now all that remains is sentencing before this grisly tale finally comes to a close.

Fake Facebook Profile Leads to Lawsuit

A mother and her teenage son are suing four other teens for that contained racial and sexual slurs.

Renters, Hold Off On That Latte

Apartment renters on the North Side of Chicago might have to dig a little deeper around the first of the month. Thanks to tax assessment hikes, landlords are contemplating for the rest of this year and 2010.

900 Rallied, 200 Arrested in Support of Hotel Workers

Approximately 900 workers and supporters for . The 200 arrestees sat in Chicago Avenue in front of the .

"No one was caring for the horses"

11选5图标下载Two former employees of J.C. Cutters Horse Carriage Co. were by failing to meet feeding and sheltering standards.

And the Hits Keep Coming

You know that $13.7 billion the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid team says the Olympics will pump into the city's economy? Yeah, no.

No Gas Guzzling Here

Record-high public transit ridership in 2008 (along with, no doubt, all the bikes I see streaming by on Milwaukee everyday) . In the from advocacy group , the group says that's equal to the amount of gas from over 450,000 cars.


It's bad enough to get arrested for drunk driving on your , but is a whole new level.

Party at Obama's!

The CPD is at Obama's house starting October 1. What security will remain is still under review.

And The Stand Plot Begins...Now

After a University of Chicago geneticist on Sept. 13, . About 100 people who might have been exposed to the nasty Yersenia pestis bacteria have been given antibiotics as a precaution, and city health officials are saying there is no evidence of a spread.

Get a Job, Stay Home

Right now .

T. Rex on a Small Scale

The Field Museum Univeristy of Chicago's star paleontologist announced the discovery of , an ancestor of Tyrannosaurus Rex but 100 times smaller. (Thanks, Kevin!)

Room For a Few Furry Friends?

The in Burr Ridge is hoping to find a new home for whose owners were recently killed in a tragic accident.

Putting the Ship Alongside Sanitary

Speaking of local bodies of water, the Coast Guard has four weeks after the increase in voltage in an Asian Carp barrier.

Calling on the Big Guns

Fresh off the news that Michelle Obama is going to Copenhagen to push Chicago for the Olympics, the to promote our bid.

Daily News Explanation

Geoff Dougherty, editor-in-chief of The Chi-town Daily News, has a up about the online newspaper's recent closing.

A Drifter in Your Town

There's a certain poetic irony to the thought of performing all over the country, questionable strangers blowing through town for a gig and then disappearing into the night.

Hero of the Day: Dwyane Wade

NBA star is in his home town of stay open.

Have $2.6 Million on Hand?

Then you may want to consider buying . It has "407 secluded acres with a 37-acre private lake, an eight-car garage and a guard tower."

Hope They Have Good Pedicurists

11选5图标下载Some Chicago runners are hanging up their sneakers and , or in new glove-like shoes intended to simulate the au natural feel. It's more natural, they say, and even cuts down on pain (once your feet get tough enough to handle the rocks and gravel).

A Glimpse Behind the Scenes at the Tribune

Uli Schmetzer didn't do himself any favors five years ago when he quoted a fictional person in an article, but the distance he gained from the ensuing scandal ... if we can trust it.

Widow Maker Indeed

That chest pain is evidently the least of your worries in Chicago. Unlike other cities, , meaning delayed treatment and increased chance of permanent heart damage or death. "We are doing a disservice to our patients," said one local director of cardiology.

2 Dead, 2 Injured in Fullerton Crash

No, it wasn't the Hulk that did , but you have to wonder how fast a car has to be going to overturn a . Drive carefully, folks.

All Your Michigan Avenue Are Belong to Oprah

Speaking of shopping, if you're thinking about spending time on Michigan Avenue from Wacker Drive to Ohio Street anytime between Monday and Wednesday morning, the . If you want to get in on the O action, the show will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will be free and open to all. You can scope out the best seats ahead of time by [pdf] of the event.

Smarter, Cleaner, Stronger

11选5图标下载Chicago Public School buses get an : new GPS systems and cleaner engines.

Michigan Avenue Block Party

from Wacker Drive to Ohio Street for more than two days on Sept. 8. Guess which local mogul is hosting the little shindig with the Black Eyed Peas - Hint:

Coal-Fired Power Plants Challenged

Midwest Generation, LLC, the subsidiary that runs the Fisk and Crawford coal-burning power plants on the South Side (and four others in Illinois), is for allegedly upgrading systems without meeting current Clean Air Act controls.

Two Shot in Loop (Developing)

Multiple news sources are reporting on a around 1pm today. Chicago Now has it that a man tried to steal a woman's purse and a nearby policeman called for him to stop (perhaps after the man also then held a knife to a woman's neck) and then shot the attacker. UPDATE: by his bulletproof vest. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times reports , not shot.11选5图标下载 Apparenly the officer was on the scene. The man has been declared dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Here's of the scene.

"Would Teddy Run?"

The Sun-Times looks into the late , from the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention and an endorsement from then-Mayor Richard J. Daley, to the to the Merchandise Mart and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Watch Where You Point That Lighter!

11选5图标下载Two women who run a nail salon in Countryside were convicted of aggravated battery for threatening their landlord with a . They claim they were using the lighter as part of a prayer ceremony; he says he feared for his own life and that of his young daughter. Despite their conviction, at least the women know they have a loyal customer base -- a crowd of more than 20 showed up to support them.

Emmett Till's Original Casket Going to Washington

The will of Emmett Till's glass-topped coffin on the 54th anniversary of his death. The ceremony will take place at , the same location as his funeral.

Mistaken Identity

Imagine if your identity was stolen by a criminal with more than credit card fraud on his record -- and the police find you11选5图标下载 first. , and led to a week spent in jail.

WTF of the Day

contains nothing of obvious Chicago interest -- unless you're a Cubs fan. Then the idea of a goat potentially being sacrificed in connection with the Viking Brett Favre might make a little more sense. []

Calling Florence Nightingale

A result of the economy, a lack of nursing graduates, and a possible wave of nurses retiring from the field, more of these health care professionals are needed, and Chicago is .

Mystery Journalism

11选5图标下载So the Trib . To whom should it turn? , director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University? Sounds good. A from the Urban Institute? A-OK. Military science fiction author ? Huh?

Librarians on the Attack

11选5图标下载A controversy is a-brewin' in Carol Stream, where a former library worker filed a federal discrimination lawsuit.

Bummer! Energy Drink Company Under Fire

11选5图标下载Attorney General Lisa Madigan is going after the Chicago-based maker of a which contains 12.5 percent alcohol by volume for its alleged questionable marketing tactics.

From Motown to Chi-Town in No Time

From Detroit to Chicago by rail in four hours?

Be Careful Out There

Apparently robberies including mugging were only up through July, but it sure seems like violent crime is up more than that this summer, doesn't it? sure points that way.

Talk Health Care with Chicago Tonight

is devoting its September 1 show to health care reform, and is looking for interested audience members. "We'll be hearing from legislators, insurers, doctors and hospitals...but we also want to hear your questions and concerns," says an alert the channel sent to supporters today. To request a ticket, email the show or call 773-509-5590.

North Side Gators

lurking in the north branch of the Chicago River, near Damen and Fullerton. Last year, one was spotted in the south branch near Bridgeport.

Editorial Cartoons Making a Comeback

Nine years after the death of , the Chicago Tribune's editorial cartoonist, the paper . For a glimpse of what to expect from Stantis (and the Trib's editorial vision), .

Political History for Sale

Well, "history" may be a strong word, but . Even after the sale, Rezko still owes more than $3 million on the house.

Uptown Street Fight Caught on Video

has some amazing video of a street brawl that broke out around 9pm Wednesday night. ()

Daley's Got His Back

About that Chicago alderman who he used his clout to get his daughter into Whitney Young High School? Yeah, Mayor Daley's

Northside Attacks Spawn Facebook Group

The Trib's points to a Facebook group "Lakeview 91111选5图标下载" that was created this month to gather "concerned citizens" who want to connect about the recent muggings in the neighborhood. Remember is also a great local resource on crime stats relative to your street, no matter where you live in the city.

APB for a J.E.R.K.

Hey, On Philadelphia Philies Outfielder Shane Victorino In Last Night's Game (not who was tossed out the park for it): the Cubs, Victorino and the cops want to UPDATE: .

Winnie the Pooh Wouldn't Rob a Bank

Jogger Shot in Rogers Park

A man taking an evening run last night was around 10pm on the 7000 block of North Sheridan. Luckily the jogger was not seriously injured.

A Troublesome Yawn

11选5图标下载Was it a "boisterous" yawn or was it "not an outrageous yawn?" What is clear is -- and maybe as much as six months.

Streets a Little Safer, Maybe

Suspects have been arrested in connection the recent spate of muggings and -- which isn't to say you shouldn't be on your guard when walking alone late at night.

Gimme Fuel

11选5图标下载Starting Thursday, , only three weeks after expiring. Yay increased gas prices.

Homes and Homelessness

Chicago Public Radio asks ""

An Amazing John Hughes Story

11选5图标下载A young girl writes a fan letter to director John Hughes in 1985, which turns into one of ever.

Triple H Weekend

No, not that11选5图标下载 . It's going to be this weekend, (hazy, hot and humid), so take care of yourself!

Turning Clout into Clods of Dirt

School Board President and Chicago 2016 bid committee member Michael Scott (no, not also ) has been ; here's . His development team also includes several politically connected West Side ministers. As the Beachwood Reporter says, "Michael Scott, you are today's winner of our new So Chicago Award."

McDeep Tunnel

11选5图标下载A firm has been selected as design engineer to connect McCook Reservoir to Deep Tunnel in order to "." If you are intrigued by giant holes in the ground, about our future tunnel and reservoir plans.

R.I.P. John Hughes

Director, writer, and producer John Hughes of a heart attack. A graduate of Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, he wrote, directed or produced a number of films set in fictional Chicago suburbs, including National Lampoon's Vacation, Sixteen Candles and Home Alone.

Meet the New Chicago Tribune

The Trib , but the "" tab on the right side of the page seems to be treating it as a work in progress.

A New Song for Lincoln Park

11选5图标下载The Schuba brothers are nearly ready to open a new mid-sized music venue named near the old Biograph Theater.

Back to School Sex?

Write a song called "" and you could be tapped to encourage Chicago kids to go back to school! That's what happened when the to use his to tell his 60,000 followers to go back to school Sept. 8.

One Way to Make Money in Roseland

"It's a blighted area, underutilized with vacant buildings." So clearly the answer is for the city to .

The Superglue Revenge Plot

Doesn't it always seem like the are the ones from Wisconsin?

Impersonating CTA Official = Bad

11选5图标下载In another strange arrest, the a 20-year-old for making approximately 300 "unauthorized transmissions" over CTA radio waves. He was identified by his voice when he and his brother asked if they could collect a reward for returning a stolen CTA radio. In related news, the FBI apparently needs to hire a copy editor. Perhaps you could edit their release as an introduction.

That Lady has Big Pants

11选5图标下载An 86-year-old woman "anti-wrinkle cream ... other cosmetic items, nearly a dozen packs of AA batteries, four packs of Taster's Choice coffee and several packs of salmon" by stuffing them in her pants. Other interesting facts: she's been arrested more than 60 times and has at least 20 aliases.

Google Text Ads in the Real World

11选5图标下载Anybody spot along the expressway this morning?

Taking the Garden Out of Community Garden

11选5图标下载The University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement has notified the that the garden . The move is prompted by construction efforts related to the expansion of the .

Go West

Jerry Reinsdorf, who already owns the Bulls and White Sox, is a little bit closer to adding some puck-wielding Coyotes to his stable after the NHL's . Don't worry Hawks fans, he plans on keeping the team in Phoenix.

"The honeymoon is being delayed"

11选5图标下载Why? Well, the 10 person brawl at the wedding probably didn't help, but the trunk full of guns .

Reststop to Ruin

The firm that leased seven oases on the Illinois Tollway -- and turns out to have made big campaign contributions to Blago to sweeten the deal. []

Glasses Half Full

A Chicago man is . Why, and again, why? The complaint quotes the accused as saying he "really likes to be around glasses."

Catching On

The NYT the anti-Olympics movement in Chicago.

That Tweet Might Cost You

A Chicago woman is after she tweeted negatively about them to her 20 followers. UPDATE: to the Twitter backlash.

Taurus, With Hopes Rising

11选5图标下载The latest version of the has workers at a keeping their fingers crossed that it becomes a hit. If it's a success with the public, it could mean more jobs at the Torrance Ave. factory.

Un-Green Wieners

Man, the Wienermobile is having a bad week. First one crashes into a house11选5图标下载 in Wisconsin, now an environmental group is (and violating a law against advertising vehicles in Hawaii).

Tickets for Marijuana Possession

The Cook County Board voted yesterday to allow of less than 10 grams -- but only in , for now. And the cops still have the option of taking you to jail instead.

Cremation, Anyone?

Fresh off the over the Burr Oak cemetary f-up11选5图标下载, a Glenwood cemetery is being sued for .

A Cost of a Local President

As anyone in Hyde Park/Kenwood knows, the area around Obama's house is fairly well controlled. We now know it's protected to the tune of $2.2 million, but .

The Spire, the Athletic Club, Prentice Hospital and Helicopters

Streeterville is getting yet other chunk of controversy, this time from the .

So Long, Wooden Newsstands!

Don't freak out if your favorite downtown newsstand evaporated overnight.

Wiener(mobile) in a Jam

11选5图标下载The famous this weekend in Racine after making a wrong turn and trying to turn around in someone's driveway.

Sears Tower: The Final Word?

As our Fuel question 11选5图标下载demonstrates, when it comes to the Sears/Willis Tower name change, people either lament the loss of another piece of "Chicago" or you think it's much ado about nothing. Tribune architecture critic falls on the side of the former and tries to put the whole thing in perspective.

Boot Blitz

So you know that ? In true Chicago style, the city has opted to make up part of the funds with . Motorists with two unpaid tickets older than one year have been punished, with 183,293 seizure notices and 3,493 boots thus far.

Sears For One More Day

Today is the the Sears Tower will officially be known as, well, the . Tomorrow it become the (ugh) We're toasting with a highball in its honor. Let us know what you think in Fuel.

FSU: Friends Stand United?

A member of the FSU street gang alleged to was arrested on Monday. The federal charges were filed in Chicago, and said to be . The FSU name stands for "F*** S*** Up," and "Friends Stand United" ...crickets.

Money's Best Places

This year's rankings are out, and Illinois small towns only garnered 3 of the top 100 spots. , , and downstate made the list, but none broke the top 50.

Major Looting Bust on the West Side

11选5图标下载Late Sunday night on the West Side, approximately 35 police cruisers were called to . While there are no other media reports at this point, police officers stated "about 20 people looted" the store, and bystanders were discussing people going "in and out five times." All visible doors were open, and a window was broken in the front. .

Not the Luck of the Irish

Thieves overnight from the (4626 N. Knox), in the midst of the .

Cooking With John Kass

Although it's not hard to catch him smoking in front of the Tribune Tower or having a burger at Billy Goat, will schmooze and make beer-can chicken with legendary columnist John Kass Aug. 1 at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton.

Emmett Till's Original Casket Damaged

Among the losses -- albeit restorable -- in the recent Burr Oak Cemetery scandal is Emmett Till's original casket, which was .

Some Final Michael Jackson News

11选5图标下载The call for the King of Pop to be is mounting, while Chicagolands top is .

Going on a Taste Bender

So the fireworks may not have been violence free, but at least one man didn't allege he had $250 stolen from him by the police there ... .

When Weather.com isn't Good Enough

11选5图标下载When the weather forecast is too vague, institutions from the city to universities to take some of the uncertainty out of the day.

News That's a Little...Heavy

11选5图标下载A new study shows Illinois kids are in a Top 10 list that no one's bragging about. , and Illinois ranks 10th in the country for percentage of children ages 10-17 who are too heavy.

Bursting the Bubble Benefitted Big Burgs

11选5图标下载In non-sound byte language: Depressed housing prices in California and Florida mean fewer people are moving out there. Consequently, established cities are making population gains. We gained 21,000 people last year.

"Did you beat up anybody famous?"

Remember that 1968 riot police reunion? Well, it happened, and here's .

Hitching a Ride

Does Chicago pay too much to move bodies to the morgue? , and wants to hold hearings about the contractor, which the city pays $915 to transport each body. In good old Dayton, OH, the company's hometown, it's a measly $75 per body.

Every Student's Nightmare

The thought of year-round school is enough to make any elementary school student pound his or her head on their locker in anguish. So if you hear repeated banging coming from the vicinity of in North Lawndale, you'll know why.

The Grim Reaper Strikes Again

The world of infomercials (or, shows you find yourself watching at 2 AM) will never be the same: Pitchman Billy Mays, who brought OxiClean into our lives, this morning at age 50.

Worry Like it's 1983

, with a seasonally unadjusted jobless rate for the metro area of 10.7 percent. That's the highest level since August 1983.

Death Threats for Chicago Judges

The FBI arrested a New Jersey blogger for writing that three Chicago-based federal judges "," then posting their photographs, phone numbers and a map of their courthouse on his blog. He was upset that the judges recently upheld the handgun ban in Chicago and Oak Park.

Throwing The, Um...Pamphlet At Him

, the Chicago cop caught in the infamous , has been sentenced to for the incident.

Lotta Ins, Lotta Outs

11选5图标下载Twenty-one million dollars is the most a jury has ever awarded in Chicago for a wrongful conviction. tied to alleged police misconduct. If what the city lawyers say is true however, there is a lot more than meets the eye.

Was His Bratwurst Showing?

A Hudson News store at O'Hare used a blinder (a black plastic square usually reserved for porn mag covers) to obscure the of the latest GQ. No, it's not the ingenue du jour cupping her breasts and crotch. It's in character as . Uh, hubba-hubba?

Probably Not 2009's "Police Officer of the Year"

A former North Chicago "Police Officer of the Year" was just released from jail after . The reporter also wants you to know that the former Police Officer of the Year's "telephone number is unlisted."

Webio Scandal Figure Found

David Hernandez, the figure at the center of the Webio internet radio scandal that we told you about earlier11选5图标下载, has been after an alleged suicide attempt.

Idol Worship

11选5图标下载The usual collection of semi-talented, questionably-talented and what-the-heck-are-they-doing-here talented braved the early morning rain to at the United Center.

An, Um, Memorable Wedding

Two area 26-year-olds had a most unusual wedding thanks to .

Behind the Bus Police Chase

If you are interested in a first-person account of the May bus police chase, the Sun-Times who was unwillingly along for the ride.

From Swine Flu to West Nile

11选5图标下载All the lovely rain we've been having means that conditions are ripe for mosquito reproduction. Those that carry West Nile love , which means that the on-hold has gone from being world's largest building, to possibly being the world's largest for the suckers.

No Flies On Us...Well, Almost None

11选5图标下载Think Barack Obama is the only president with Illinois connections who is now historically linked to a ? (At least this other guy didn't have breathing down his neck.)

That's Just Mean

After a recent spate of thefts at local cemeteries, police are to watch their valuables while attending funerals, or while visiting graves over Father's Day.

Protest the Iranian Elections Today

in support of Iranian election protesters. Meet in Federal Plaza at 4:30pm. Windy Citizen will be .

I'll Have A Venti Latte Musca Domestica

A Starbucks at O'Hare Airport was because of a fly infestation (musca domestica11选5图标下载 is the Latin name for the common housefly, which we're sure you knew already).

The Emptying City

This month, Chicago-area home vacancy rates . Of course, that's nothing compared to Englewood, which tops the list with a 16.1% vacancy rate.

CPD's Uniform Blues

11选5图标下载No one ever said a Chicago police officer's job was easy, but did you know that in addition to dealing with thugs, crooks and assorted ne'er-do-wells, they also have to supply their own uniforms?

Rev. Wright: Foot in Mouth Disorder?

Rev. Jeremiah Wright is back in the news, this time for telling a reporter "the Jews" aren't letting him near President Obama. He by saying , not David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.

Dueling Blagos

Risking some sort of disruption in the time-space continuum, the star of Second City's Rod Blagojevich, Superstar11选5图标下载 and the REAL Blago will appear this Saturday at a performance of the show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier. Wonder if the real Blago tried to sell his part in the show?

More Mixed-Income Development Woes

Chicago Housing Authority residents and market-rate condo owners at another mixed-income development. This time, it's . Please note the Tower's website is set up as an "informative resource for both our neighborhood and our local community," yet it's mainly password protected.

Donations for Deliveryman

11选5图标下载The plight of the pizza deliveryman in Evanston who was beaten and had his car hijacked and wrecked has touched many readers of the Chicago Tribune, who in today's paper. the website if you wish to donate.

Shakowsky: Thanks But No Thanks

While her own polling says she has a good chance of winning, says she'll for the "golden" Senate seat now occupied by one Roland Burris. Check out the full announcement in Mechanics.

Parking Meters Putty in our Hands?

The city's parking meter uproar and recent epic fails turned ugly today when were filled with goo and sprayed with silver paint. Is laughing bad?

Suburban Mother Stole Girl's Ice Cream Money

11选5图标下载... and her husband .

Oi! Man U Gets A Chicago Connection

11选5图标下载Iconic international football (soccer) franchise has tabbed Chicago-based insurance company as their Let's hope there's no curse associated with the honor, considering the fate that befell their old sponsor, a little company called

Tour Guide Turns Firefighter

Jessica Herum, a tour guide for , is being for helping control a fire that broke out when a propane tank exploded at Cyrano's Cafe this morning. []

Pirating the High Seas of Scrap Metal

Apparently Evanston has lurking in the alleys, ready to strike. The article makes itself an interesting semiotic study through the fine use of terms for the scrappers ranging from "junk metal pirates" to "alley entrepreneurs."

250-Pound Hothouse Orchid Found Guilty

has been found guilty of aggravated battery. Hopefully, there are no 125-pound women in prison waiting to pounce on him. That would be just awful.

'Metergate' Mess Grows

The city's Inspector General says we could have gotten almost in the now infamous parking meter deal had ol' Ritchie not rammed the contract through. Oops. UPDATE: More details and a link to a PDF of the report and our own Mechanics.

The Name Game, Pt. II

We told you previously about the website run by the feds in Chicago that lists the unusual nicknames given to local bank robber. Add another to that list.

Mapping the Stacks

With news of important Defender-related archives in the news lately11选5图标下载, it seems particularly relevant to mention , a "guide to Black Chicago's hidden archives."

Seven Shooting Deaths

The last 24 hours in the city.

Valet Bike Parking Chased out of Millennium Park

11选5图标下载The nifty bike valet at Millennium Park is in jeopardy of closing this summer due to chief underwriter Chase Bank's "."

Double Digits

11选5图标下载Just not the good kind. Crain's that unemployment in Chicago was 10.6% in April.

We're Number One!

That is, for drug abuse in arrests. A White House Office of National Drug Control Policy report found in Chicago.

And the Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

In possibly weirdest news story of the day, .

And You Thought Screaming Kids Were Bad

Good old , home of the cheap flights from Midway, now plans to . Starting June 17, passengers can bring up to five pets on a flight in a carry-on case to fit under the seat. Yes, 5 pets. Good for pet lovers, doom for those trying to sleep off a hangover.

Illinoisan Representz at Scripps

11选5图标下载Even though she on "," of downstate Chatham finished third in the finals of last night's .

Update on Federal Indictment

US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced an indictment against 29th Ward Ald. Ike Carothers this afternoon. Listen to the press conference , download the indictment (PDF), and keep an eye on our politics section, Mechanics, for further news and analysis.

Chicagoan Takes UK

Retired Chicago investment banker Louis Susman has been . A top fundraiser for Obama's presidential campaign and other Democratic campaigns, Susman is now poised for what's considered a pretty sweet appointment.

Downtown Parking Meter Holiday?

Not really. Due to a rash of , Police .

Prop 8 Protest

Wondering the California Supreme Court's decision to ?

Auctioning the Ice House Cover

11选5图标下载A rare stamp that disappeared in 1967 reappeared three years ago when a couple brought it to the Norwood Park shop Stamp King. The stamp, , is and could fetch $300,000.

PrezBot Orders Navy SEAL Strike on Pirates of the Caribbean

Disney is putting the on Obama's animatronic figure for their . Like W. and Clinton before him, the president provided a few choice words for the figure to speak.

Affordable Family Homes Neither Affordable or for Families

The Sun-Times is working on an enlightening set of articles following nearly 200 units in that were set aside for families who needed assistance to purchase a home. The paper finds -- and that's just the beginning.

No More Drunk Mailing?

11选5图标下载The last in the country is located near Harrison and Canal. But in June, the location will reduce their hours, . The Postal Service says they don't have enough customers to justify the expense of 24-hour service. Simply must mail that special letter at 3am? The location (and many others) still offer automated kiosks in the lobby at all hours.

Make it Stop. Please.

In today's vomit-inducing news, in an upcoming season of "." Sure, Rod is prohibited from leaving the state and joining his wife in the Costa Rican jungle. But that won't stop him from a "surprise" involvement. Yay?

It's Easy Being Green

11选5图标下载Chicago is the by the for being green. Museum officials praised Mayor Daley, the city's efforts to retrofit municipal buildings for energy efficiency and the city's goals for reducing greenhouse emissions.

Put in a Drive-Thru Already!

11选5图标下载For the second time in as many months a cab has of Petterino's restaurant at Dearborn and Randolph. Man, the food must be REALLY good there.

Kiddieland No More

After years of rumors to the effect, the iconic in Melrose Park (8400 W. North Ave) will be after this season, barring some last-minute reprieve.

The Mystery in the Cemetery

GazeboNews has about an elderly couple who committed suicide in Fort Sheridan Cemetery last Thursday.

Drew: I'm (cough) Innocent.

11选5图标下载Drew Peterson has pleaded not guilty to during his arraignment this morning. As if we expected him to do anything different.

Moving from the Bench to the Boards

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appearing as the Ghost from Hamlet11选5图标下载 as part of a conference in Hyde Park.

Craigslist "Erotic Services" to Close

11选5图标下载If you're a fan of the "erotic services" section of Craigslist, you have until May 15 to enjoy it. The site will be that day and creating a new, human-monitored "adult" section at some point in the future, according to an agreement reached with several state attorneys .

A Supreme Court Justice Out Of Chicago?

President Obama could name University of Chicago law professor to the Supreme Court.

Saberi Released

11选5图标下载Jailed journalist , after her sentence was reduced on appeal.

That's...A Lot Of Swine Flu

11选5图标下载The AP is 421 cases of Swine Flu in the state and 187 in Chicago alone.

Durbin Wants High Speed Rail Chicago-St.Louis

11选5图标下载Senator Durbin is with Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill to get a high speed rail line from Chicago to St. Louis.

Who's Failing the Kids? "We all are"

Rev. Michael Pfleger's upside-down flag and the 36 children killed in Chicago this year .

The Mean Streets of Riverside

11选5图标下载Riverside police pulled seven rounds out of a house. Why is it news? , and the police think he was the target.

Peterson Arrested

11选5图标下载 has been by state police for former wife Kathleen Savio's 2004 death.

Salary Shutout

11选5图标下载Looking to buy in the city? If you don't make at least $73,000, you're probably screwed. Oh, and rents are up too. and form the .

A Real Downer

11选5图标下载Something to think about during that ride up to your downtown office: There's a chance that elevator you're in hasn't been in, oh, about eight years.


"Anderson Cooper 360" will be exploring the dramatic rise in the number of on CNN (Wednesday) at 9pm. The show also re-airs at midnight.

Bee Sting

Chinese nationals were arrested here and in Seattle on suspicion of .

Thank You for Letting Me Be Myself -- Again

The 15-year-old who started a CPD poo-storm earlier this year when he successfully impersonated a cop is in hot water a second time -- he was arrested Friday for from a South Side dealership after pretending to be an interested buyer.

Financier Thinking About Buying The Sun-Times

James Tyree, CEO of Mesirow Financial Inc. is the Chicago Sun-Times. Tyree has subscribed to the Sun-Times for years and currently reads it online.

C-O-M-E-D Spells Relief?

11选5图标下载Beginning in June, Chicago-area households can expect a "significant" , reports .

Injured Pride

11选5图标下载Poor journalist/film critic Ray Pride was beaten up a month ago after a Greek film festival, by nationalists who thought he was an "anarchist infiltrator." He provides the details on his and . The more squeamish may want to avoid the photos Pride took of his bloodied post-attack clothing.

16 Cases of Swine Flu In Chicago

11选5图标下载Chi-Town Daily News Staff Writer Alex Parker that there are 16 cases of Swine Flu in Chicago and 41 in the state according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Chicago Stockpiles Meds

11选5图标下载The Illinois Department of Health is stockpiling about four hundred thousand regimens of Tamiflu and two hundred thousand of Relenza according to the .

Snakes on the Plains

11选5图标下载Did you know Chicago had ? I didn't. Nice to know they've been rounded up--and for .

Like Genius Grants for Organizations

11选5图标下载The (creators of and other great stuff) and the d were among the today.

First Probable Case of Swine Flu in Chicago

A as officials survey parents and try to curtail the spread of germs between students. One student at the school has been noted by as a probable case of swine flu.

CNT Earns National Recognition, Financial Award

The MacArthur Foundation's includes the Chicago-based , who will use their grant to "."

Errant Ambulance Alert: Tactical Response Required

Estera Bulbucan, a Des Plaines woman, stole an ambulance in Park Ridge and then . She was arrested.

"I guess it ran out of gas or something"

One of the approximately 60 WWII era aircraft remaining in Lake Michigan for inclusion in a New Orleans museum. The plane crashed on Nov. 24, 1944 while attempting to land on an aircraft carrier during a training mission.

Trouble in the Suburbs

11选5图标下载When imagining the scourge of Naperville, .

Blue Line To Get Stimulus Funds

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley and Sen. Durbin will be giving the .

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Mayor Daley has named this Thursday in honor of the Bard's 445th birthday.

Not a Bad Donation

11选5图标下载When farm-implements heir Brooks McCormick passed away, he donated in the name of his wife, Hope, to . They may each receive $1 million from the sale.

Cheeseburger at the Top of the World

I imagine if I were , I'd I'd have when I got home, too.

Everything Must Go

The Huffington Post's Michael Moreci discusses the , from parking meters to Midway, and why he thinks Daley's "city-wide garage sale" tactics only offer a short-term fix.

To Overserve and Protect

Thirteen Chicago police officers were . CPD Superintendent Jody Weis says drunken cops "."

2,000 Teabags

About 2,000 people attended the Teabag event in Chicago according to Nate Silver's .

Chicago as High-Speed Rail Hub

Eight Midwestern states have united to reinvigorate plans for the as a way to . If the plan succeeds, you know who will be in the center.

The Book Was Popular

The Obamas $2.7 million last year, which is down from the $4.2 million they made in 2007. Most of the money they earned in 2008 came from the profits of President Obama's two books.

You Weren't a Mistake, Just Unplanned

On the heels of a major newsroom layoff11选5图标下载 at the Chicago Tribune, Tribune Company CEO Sam Zell . If you want to hear it from the horse's mouth, check out .

Ready, Set, File!

11选5图标下载If you haven't filed your taxes yet, well, good luck. Neighborhood post offices won't be staying open late, but the Main Post Office at will until midnight tonight.

Fighting Crime with T9

11选5图标下载Remember the CPD/CPS [pdf] program? Yeah, no one else did either. The program received 70 text messages since September 10, 2008, and, um, "some were hoaxes." Given its tremendous success, Huberman .

Mommy, What's a Reporter?

11选5图标下载Speaking of the Trib, the paper is adding to the scores it has laid off in the last few months by cutting .

Hospital TB Scare

11选5图标下载A 26-year-old pediatric resident physician at Children's Memorial Hospital may have .

More Buses

The CTA is using $49 million of its stimulus money to (you know, the ones that look like accordions).

A Little Closer to Understanding Red-Light Cameras

11选5图标下载The Trib visited and to get and how the companies who operate them interact with the city.

"I'm Sorry I Took Your Money"

After successfully robbing a Dunkin' Donuts of $167 on Tuesday, . He was arrested wearing the same clothes later that day.

FBI Warns of Oprah Email Scam

11选5图标下载Seriously, do people ? It's certainly not . It's not even .

Smoke 'Em While You Got 'Em

11选5图标下载Smokers, you might be feeling the heat. Not only did the Federal government raise cigarette taxes by 62 cents a pack today, but the increasing their tax by 50 cents a pack this year and 50 cents a pack next year.

9 Percent

That's Illinois's , the highest since 1992. Who wants to bet we make double digits soon?

Sun-Times' Chapter 11

11选5图标下载The Chicago Sun-Times for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Here's a Chairman and CEO Jeremy Halbreich.

FiveThirtyEight Leaves Chicago

11选5图标下载Nate Silver, political Cassandra of our time, and founder of , is from Chicago to New York. Well, we still have The Bean right?

Economy Shifts Ford Plant to Idle

A tough economy just got a little tougher for workers at the Chicago Ford plant at Slow sales have forced the company to for three weeks, laying off some 1,400 workers.

Chicago's Fish are Medicated

... but .

Irish Parade Over?

11选5图标下载The South Side Irish Parade planning committee this morning that it "." The decision reflects the strain having 300,000+ people attend the parade -- and the public drunkenness, and fights that come with it. Alternative events are in the works.

Man Jumps to Death from Marina City Tower

11选5图标下载State Street is blocked from Wacker Drive to Illinois Street after a man in his 50's jumped to his from the 28th floor of the .

Another Day, Another Media Transformation

In yet another cost-cutting move, the Trib and L.A. Times are and will run them out of the L.A. office.

Ahead Of The Curve

Unfortunately it's not a good curve. Progress Illinois has , which has recently risen above the national average.

Car Wars: Attack of the Clones

11选5图标下载It's bad enough when people commit identity theft, but when cars get in on it... Chicago was one of three locations targeted in a major ring bust. Car cloning is when one car assumes the identity of another. Unfortunately, it's not as cool and sci-fi as it sounds.

Nowhere To Go

11选5图标下载Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the remaining residents of the Diplomat Hotel the premises, leaving many of them homeless. Earlier this month, residents were given a to find new accomodations, due to a long list of serious code violations by the building's owner.

Introducing the Illinois Holocaust Museum

The will be opening in Skokie on April 19. You may to the or get a sneak peek by for the on April 2.

Heartland Cafe Reopens

After being briefly closed by the the last night. Heartland owner Katy Hogan felt the inspection was fair, and gave the building an opportunity for an overdue renovation.

Time Out Chicago Lowers Price

While the Sun-Times is getting more expensive, . The price will drop about a dollar ($1.99 instead of $2.99), effective immediately. TOC's editor-in-chief says it's meant to attract readers.

Sun-Times Raises Price

The Sun-Times will cost starting March 30th.

Chicagoland Gets Bigger

Chicagoland's Kendall County was the fourth fastest growing county in the U.S. .

Ivan the Terribly Ill

Ivan, one of two cocker spaniel puppies adopted at by Oprah Winfrey, has from .

Lacking "Caviar," Some May Turn to Poison

One Chicago resident who likely didn't weather our harsh winter well — .

50% State Income Tax Increase?

Governor Quinn is considering responding to the state budget crisis by .

Whet Moser: "homepage: forming like voltron"

11选5图标下载Behold the !

Sears Tower: What's in a Name?

They talked about painting it silver, but this story isn't a flash in the pan. The 's getting a new tenant at the end of the summer, and a new name. London-based is moving nearly 500 employees to the iconic tower in the Loop, and as a reward, Crain's is reporting . [hat tip to Sarah]

Chicago's Immigration: From Eastern European to Latin American

The NY Times' newest feature on immigration has and about the rate and composition of immigration since 1890. The information is national in scope, but there's plenty of local detail, like .

Newspapers Turn to Mudslinging

11选5图标下载As times get tougher for print publications, I'm sure we'll be hearing .

CraigsList Erotic Services Drop

A week after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart sued CraigsList to stop allowing "erotic services" ads on its site, CL reports that its . We already knew they were lower than elsewhere in the country.

Funeral for a Funeral Museum

the down in Springfield, which finds itself on the verge of death due to lack of funding. Too bad -- it seems like a logical road trip destination starting from the here in Chicago.

Does Going Digital = Death to Print?

The Sun-Times is on the shortlist of newspapers that has predicted will either in the near future. that they "don't buy it."

Small Fire Breaks Out at Marina City Tower

blogger Mike Doyle lives in , and just now as a cooking fire broke out in the east tower. According to Mike, it seems that the staff at the tower could not locate the key to the elevators, and the fire department had to hoof their equipment up the stairs. Hopefully, since this seems to have been a small fire, there were no injuries or major damage. [Update: We've learned from that it was actually a false automatic alarm.]

Another Paper Folds

Wednesday Journal Inc. its and selling off two other papers.

Quitting While You're Ahead?

Jim Scherr, the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, today.

Craig the Pimp?

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is for running ads for prostitution.

$2.5 Billion

11选5图标下载That's how much the U of C's estimates gun violence .

Conrad Black: Life Is Good In Prison

11选5图标下载You know who's doing alright in the cage? Conrad Black that's who. According to the , "Convicted former media mogul Conrad Black says his first year in prison has been surprisingly pleasant and he is using his time in jail to teach, write and expand his social circle." Here's to hoping he doesn't like it so much that when he gets out he plans to mess up another newspaper... that is if there are any left by then.

The Increasing Significance of Surveillance Cameras

Thanks to a $6 million Homeland Security grant, the city of Chicago has . An additional 17 organizations are expected to sign on shortly.

Our Tea May be Safe Again

Remember the call for a Chicago Tea Party11选5图标下载? Well, the idea's originator, Rick Santelli, .

Fire on Hollywood Ave.

There's . Blogger Craig Gernhardt is on the scene, posting .

Another High-Profile Store Closing

Borders still hasn't made any progress , but .

Chicago At The High Speed Rail Center

11选5图标下载The New York Times via has a beautiful map of the proposed high speed rail corridors and the best part is that Chicago, as has been rumored, seems to be a central hub for the super fast trains. Check the map out .

Northwestern To Increase Tuition

It's getting harder to get a good Chicago-area education. At Northwestern University,.

Tickets for Harrassment

You can bet that no photos are accompanying . Thirteen of them were from the same officer, written three at a time, for violations in locations as improbable as can be, on a car he no longer owns.

Runway Winner

11选5图标下载There was a local winner at the Oscars on Sunday, .

Are the U of C Hospitals Dumping Patients?

Following emergency room organizational changes, the have been accused of by the .

Doomsday is Now?

Developing Story: from this evening's rush hour commute after a structural crack was discovered. Right now, there's nothing11选5图标下载 posted to the at the CTA's site. UPDATE: the Trib reports will be affected immediately.

Chicago Tea Party?

Look out, Lake Michigan! CNBC's Rick Santelli as he began calling for a Boston-style tea party in July...in Chicago. The reason? Protesting the newly-signed .

Unnecessary Show of Force?

11选5图标下载Over the weekend, of a police officer using force to remove an apparently drunk rider from a CTA bus, questioning the officer's use of force in an non-emergency situation. Today, the Tribune reports that the .

New Stimulus Package Idea

has been since word leaked about the Obamas' Valentine's Day dinner there. As of Monday afternoon, Saturdays were booked through the end of March. I wonder if they'd have the same effect at any restaurant they visited...

Be Careful Crossing the Street

11选5图标下载Pedestrian deaths . Prevention funding is also up, but it doesn't seem to be helping.


Compare and contrast: , and .

They're Heeeeerre....

At the conference here in Chicago over the weekend, cosmologist Paul Davies of Arizona State University says that alien life, in one form or another, does indeed exist and (I thought that guy at 7-11 looked a little weird.)

"Creativity in short supply"

We know what some of you think about , but most public critiques haven't spent much time on the architecture. Blair Kamin .

With Friends Like These...

This week's of Loren Billings, the 89-year-old widow who lives in and runs the .

Chicago's Oldest Woman Dies

11选5图标下载Chicagoan , whose family claimed she was 115 and records indicate was about 111, has died. She was also Chicago's oldest , supporting Barack Obama after a 20-year registration lapse.

Our Cut of the Pie

Yesterday, Daley presented his , including $50 million for O'Hare, $40 million for street construction and an unspecified sum for education and other purposes.

Deadly Serious Question

You have to wonder, how often is not a cop?

Massive Changes at the U of C Hospitals

11选5图标下载Chicago BioMedicine (which includes the The University of Chicago Medical Center) a .

Bleeding Heart Busted

The popular on Belmont Ave. was shuttered this week by the Chicago Dept. of Health for . Eep. UPDATE: The bakery put out a statement about the closure.

Oil and Water Mix

11选5图标下载 near the Caterpillar plant southwest of the city, contaminating the Des Plaines River.

Undocumented, Unlucky

in need of health care, unemployment or other services. And the mean asking for help from the wrong person might send them back to a country they no longer know.

Never Good News At/From Tribune Co.

Tribune Co. is set to . One wonders how many jobs they've got left...

The Unemployment Blues

11选5图标下载Now we KNOW the economy is in a nose dive: Even isn't immune to . They've also cut back on and (OK, not really sure about those last two).

Made Off with the Local Money

The full extent of Bernard Madoff's ponzi scheme still isn't known, but there are , the Tribune reports. Here's of all victims.

Hyde Park Herald Goes Digital

After years of only presenting newspaper scans online, the Hyde Park Herald is .

Holsten Subpoenas Two Uptown Orgs

, the firm currently developing Uptown's embattled Wilson Yard project, has expanded its subpoenas to include two neighborhood organizations: and the , . (The real estate firm has already targeted two area blogs.)

Activity on the 26-year-old Tylenol Killings Case

11选5图标下载Authorities have , who served time for extortion in the 1980s killings.

Holy Name Up in Flames

this morning in the attic of Holy Name Cathedral.

Snowed In

11选5图标下载Chicago's expected to get . Be glad we're on this side of the lake, though: northwest Indiana is .

Vibrator! Stat!

Never expected to see a to get , complete with (mostly SFW) video.

Tammy D. to D.C.

Lynn Sweet that Tammy Duckworth is expected to be named an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday morning.

Snail(ier) Mail

11选5图标下载Feel like the mail takes far too long to get where it's going these days (especially if that place is Chicago)? Just imagine if it only came .

This Tollway Improvement Brought to You By...

11选5图标下载If the Gov is indeed ousted today, the Illinois Tollway will almost immediately proclaiming Rod's awesomeness (). Then they'll take them down.

Boos For Huberman

Newly-installed chief (and former ) was booed today by a crowd of parents, teachers and community officials upset about plans to .

Fun with "Best of" Lists

Examiner.com has some fun at the expense of HGTV and "Best of" lists with the network's .

Obama To DC: Grow A Pair

11选5图标下载While it may be par for the course in Washington, D.C., a because of "some ice" is a bit of a shock to President Obama who says the city apparently needs some "Chicago toughness."

Young Businessman

High schooler Jonathan Wong is from his bedroom -- for $10 a look.

Who Says Kids Have No Ambition?

A 14-year old boy was yesterday, after he'd already with another officer.

HuffPo Delves Into Wilson Yard TIF

As forges ahead in its efforts to challenge the city's handling of the Wilson Yard TIF, , the positions of Uptown and developer , and the tangled web of TIFs in Chicago.

Take That To The Bank... Or Not

OK, how about some news that's NOT about the goings-on in Washington, D.C.? WaMu is set to . On second thought, that probably does have a lot to do with Washington, D.C.

Drastic Changes for the Sun-Times

11选5图标下载The hedge fund Davidson Kempner Capital Management LLC is of the Sun-Times' board of directors. FYI, if you're looking for more information about the direction the board might take, .

Feel Good Bill of the Year

11选5图标下载In a story to thaw some of the hearts frozen in the wake of recent Illinois political news, a bill sponsored by a state rep and senator aims to . They couldn't have trotted out a cuter mascot to make their point.

Super Bowl Tickets Don't Come That Cheap

Chicago-based ticket-brokering site says , in which "hackers" allegedly posted sales of tickets they didn't own.

Crack-Smokin' Oprah?

11选5图标下载One of Oprah Winfrey's exes claims in that they smoked crack together. The fact that he should probably not surprise you. The Chicago Celebrity Examiner says, ?

But Was It a Triple-Dog Dare?

11选5图标下载It was like something out of a movie--literally. A kid in Hammond, Indiana got a Tuesday night when he was dared to lick a streetlight pole, and his tongue stuck to it. Said a police officer at the scene, "You'd think everybody in the country had seen by now."

Amtrak Derails, Blocks Metra

Southbound Metra riders, be warned, your trip home will be slow. An , cutting off three lines.

Rolling Meadows

11选5图标下载After 10 years on , comedian rolls back into the city where he got his start and, after films and sitcoms, returns to .

Q101: Eye Witness News

11选5图标下载The police stopped a Metra train in Lisle, searching car to car for a reported guy with a gun -- who on his way to work. 's who happened to be on the train.

Var det en 22 eller en 36?*

Perhaps it's one of those Jerry-Lewis-is-big-in-France deals, but for some reason the is , receiving 15,000-plus hit from that country, more than any other country outside of the U.S. *Incidentally, the headline translates to "Was that a 22 or a 36?", a pretty popular phrase among CTA users.

The City That Never Sleeps?

11选5图标下载And you thought it was the relentless winter weather, skyrocketing cost-of-living and hit-or-miss public transportation that was putting you on edge here in Chicago. Nope. Turns out we're the in America. Step away from the Coca-Cola...

Burris To Be Seated

Looks like Burris is going to be a Senator .

Blizzard Watch/Warning (i.e., It's Gonna Be Cold)

Brace yourselves! We're in for some serious starting later tonight and extending throughout the day tomorrow. There's a , the more serious , some , wind chill advisories and all sorts of hoopajoop.

A Cut Above

What's in a name? A lot of you're trying to run a successful Loop and you have the misfortune if your business has the same name as one of the most despised men in the world. But switch a few letters around and you're on the cutting edge again. (Previously.)

Robbed the Sun-Times? Write for us!

11选5图标下载Being imprisoned . , and admire the lack of prison references in his bio.

Synagogue Vandalism Spree

11选5图标下载Over the weekend, two synagogues and one Jewish school suffered .

Stop Petting Wild Bats ... at Least for Now

11选5图标下载I know putting an end to wild bat petting will cramp your style, but you should stop for now; .

Dunbar High School Shooting

11选5图标下载Five people were after a basketball game Friday night.

Decisive Action On Blago

Via , the Illinois House voted to impeach Blagojevich 114-1. I don't know how much clearer you can get than that.

Marina City Civility Unraveling

Remember when the Marina City Condo Association decided to ban photos11选5图标下载 of the iconic buildings without their permission? That was just the beginning of the crazy -- and , Chicago Journal reports. Dig deeper at the watchdog/online newspaper .

Redesigning a Redesign

The Trib appears to be responding to some complaints about its redesign and is in a .

To the Plows!

and resumed full-blown plowing and de-icing throughout the city. He must have been reading Fuel.

Blue Line Accident

Power to the southbound tracks on the CTA's Blue Line downtown has been shut off after a woman was by a subway train at 8:15 this morning. Blue Line customers are being advised to use into the Loop.

Just What We Need...

Following a federal appeals court decision, it looks like are on our way.

Long Arm of the Law

A fugitive leader of Chicago's Latin Kings gang was .

Going My Way?

and are both leaving Chicago and headed for D.C. One may be a lot sooner than the other.

Slapping Greenspan to Save Face

With all of the talk about the Chicago school's problems regarding the recent financial crisis, .

2008's Wild Weather

If Chicago's weather in 2008 seemed a little unusual, .

Happy New Year's

CTA their rates, parking meters are , and has already been shot. I would stay home today if I were you.

Meet the 2008 Illinois Environmental Heroes

11选5图标下载The increasingly relevant Lt. Quinn announced the 2008 featuring more than a handful of Chicagoans.

In Your Face! (Theoretically Speaking)

Ah, there's nothing more exciting than an , like the one between U of C economist and Freakonomics author and Northwestern11选5图标下载 Northeastern criminologist on the subject of black teen murder rates. Levitt criticized Fox for "ominous reports he produced about juvenile homicide...in the 1990s." Oh, snap!

Blue on the Beach

11选5图标下载A Blue Man Group actor and a suburban assistant principal were near Montrose Harbor last night. That will not end well. UPDATE: saying that the man arrested has never been a member of the cast.

'Hole' Lot of Shakin'

11选5图标下载Our city's freaky up-and-down weather has one bone-jarring side effect: . As of Monday there were more than 1,100 dotting the city landscape and threatening to bust axles. The city says it's on it and you can for any damages. Incidentially, if you're driving east past the Heart 'O' Chicago motel, don't let that shallow looking puddle on the right side of the road fool you. Trust me.

If All Else Fails, Make 'Em Pay

Breathalyzer installation: $80. Monthly equipment and monitoring fees: $110. Taking a cab and avoiding the whole mess: Priceless. Illinois is gearing up for a whole new type of on first-time DUI offenders in the new year, hoping that inconvenience, cost and embarrassment will be enough to dissuade potential drunk drivers. []

Weather Report: Are Locusts Next?

11选5图标下载First snow hit the city, then ice, then fog...and now, today's temperatures will be in the , along with flooding dangers due to rain and melting remnants of the past two weeks, which has already closed part of the Dan Ryan and streets near the Des Plaines and Du Page rivers. Check before you get on the roads.

Ice, Ice Baby

11选5图标下载You weren't the only one who was having trouble negotiating their way around town over all that A did their share of slippin' and slidin' too.

Segregated Chicago

"[B]lacks in Chicago are the most isolated racial group in the nation's 20 largest cities, according to of 2008 population estimates. To truly integrate Chicago, 84 percent of the black or white population would need to change neighborhoods."

Shopping for a House?


11选5图标下载With Monday night's slaying, there have been in Chicago this year.

Weather Worries

Hope you're not headed out of town today -- the weather has snarled pretty much every mode of transportation: , and . .


A man flew 125 feet off of the Dan Ryan this morning when his car struck a wall and "ejected" him. The Stroger Hospital spokesman .

Do They Sell 'Just For Presidents'?

Usually it takes four years in office for it to happen, but has already been spotted sprouting on Barack Obama's head. Judge for yourself (from a 2007 photo) and (on the cover of Rolling Stone from this year).

Buffalo Grove Bathrooms Presumably Safe Again

11选5图标下载... that is, since cops .

61 Unlucky Winners, 169 Upset Runners Up

The Cook County Sheriff's latest sting to arrest those with outstanding warrants involved a "sweepstakes" called Shoptastic Solutions. When people attempted to collect their prizes, .

Don't You Want Me, Baby?

11选5图标下载Drew Peterson's announcement that he is engaged is , and is actually a publicity stunt meant to embarrass a woman who denied his advances, says the boyfriend of Romeoville waitress Christina Raines, who has denied that she and Peterson are romantically involved. Peterson contends that Raines' boyfriend is lying. Maybe they can work this issue out on .

Vote Nobody For Alderman

11选5图标下载Wanna be an alderman? The city of North Chicago has on their city council that apparently nobody wants.

Braaaains!... In Aisle 5

Like zombies from a George Romero movie, the good people at keep coming back. They're going to try one more time to open their in Chicago.

Just Sell Your Car

First they sold off the parking meters, now on parking spaces downtown. Proceeds would theoretically go to the CTA for service improvements.

69 Rabbits and an Eviction

Yes, we live in a world in which we can have "."

Archdiocese Writes Another Check

11选5图标下载The Chicago Archdiocese has to pay $1.4 million to a man who claimed he was sexually abused by a priest twenty years ago.

Who You Gonna Call?

11选5图标下载Just so you know, .

Blago The Bookie?

The latest twist in the Blagojevich saga and it's a strange one: a former mob lawyer says the with ties to the mob. (A tip of the hat for the tip to the ).

"I'm doing everything I can to try to get her away from him."

The father of Drew Peterson's reported fiancee Christina Raines about his future son-in-law.

Schaumburg Crack and Cocaine Bust

11选5图标下载That's right: the mall is a major distribution points for crack and cocaine. Even better? One of the arrestees .

Army Blues

It's not surprising given the current economic conditions, but still troubling: the is facingdue to a big drop in donations.

Drew Peterson to Marry Another Woman Half His Age

11选5图标下载Drew Peterson is to a 23-year-old woman who will be his fifth wife. According to the S-T, "Peterson said he does not believe his marital status should prevent him from becoming engaged. 'I was married to Kathleen when I was engaged to Stacy,' he said." The heart wants what it wants, people.

Highway Contractor 1

11选5图标下载Someone talked concrete with Blago ...and .

Too Hot in the Hot Tub

Well before bleeps and Blagos the national lens was focused on the story within a story of local NBC reporter Amy Jacobson's supposed impropriety. Now Chicago Mag has a which details the scandal and Jacobson's pending lawsuit. Meanwhile, remains a mystery.

Breaking News: Ice Makes People Fall

Donna Bavido ""

Madigan Moves To Impeach

As expected, the Illinois House led by Speaker Michael Madigan has begun the move to . Madigan says he's been reviewing grounds for impeaching Blago for "about a year."

Taking Out the Garbage

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has begun the process to .

Read Tribune Company Papers in New York

The NY Times is playing around with a new format on its website wherein one can read articles by the Times, .

She's A @%&$!# Nice Girl

Don't let her (alleged) fool you. Patti Blagojevich's family 11选5图标下载insists she's a sweet kid.

People Helping People

11选5图标下载Two Chicagoans of the Presidential Citizens Medal, second only to the Medal of Freedom in civilian recognition. One person honored you may know: Gary Sinise, for his work helping both Iraqi children and children of military members serving there. The second is Rev. John Foley, founder of a high school network that focuses on the "nation's most vulnerable youth."

It's Just Pat

OK, enough about the governor. What about the man who brought him down? The has the lowdown on Chicago's new "Eliot Ness," U.S. attorney Pat Fitzgerald.

Did Blago Need Sneed?

11选5图标下载She's known for her "scoops," but Sun-Times columnist may be part of one now, this one involving Gov. Blagojevich. Gawker alleges that Sneed was the gov's "go-to reporter" for planting designed to extort money in exchange for passing off Obama's vacant Senate seat.

Republic Windows Workers Win -- Maybe

The and are reporting that Bank of America has agreed to offer Republic Windows & Doors additional credit to pay its workers, now in their fifth day of sit-in11选5图标下载. Of course, it won't matter if Republic doesn't take the offer.

Blago in Cuffs

that federal authorities have taken Gov. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff John Harris into custody. UPDATE: the US Attorney's office will hold a press conference at 11am today() to discuss the federal corruption charges leveraged against the Governor, which apparently stemmed from the search for a senate replacement for President-Elect Obama. The , and the also have coverage. The Smoking Gun has document on their site.

Republic Windows Story Less than Transparent

Interesting development in the Republic Windows & Doors story: its owners . (More updates in Mechanics.)

Rising From the 'Grave'

Though the presidential election has long since been decided, two of the most controversial figures from that historic campaign are still hanging around like zombies and popping up in the news: Chicagoans' and

Peter Francis Geraci Would Be Cheaper

The WSJ that the has hired financial consultants to guide them through the process of filing for bankruptcy protection. The Trib itself that they're exploring their options and that decisions have yet to be made.

Chicago Workers Take Over Factory After It Closes

had their by Bank of America, so they closed their doors on Friday and with no notice, severance or benefits. The workers joined forces and took over the factory. They plan to stay there until they get paid. UPDATE: . UPDATE II: Read more about this in Mechanics.

Dahl Signs Off

11选5图标下载Chicago radio legend (yeah, it's pretty safe to call him that) Steve Dahl on his WJMK morning show. has been a fixture on the fickle Chicago radio scene for more than 30 years.

She's Got The Power

11选5图标下载Oprah Winfrey on The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 list for 2008. No doubt her recent appearance on "30 Rock" helped her nab the spot. This ranking is an improvement over her 2007 standing, when she came in at sixth place.

CTA Rolls Out Hybrid Buses

The CTA unveiled new that plug into an electrical outlet at night and run on battery power for most of the day. The move is estimated to save the CTA almost $7 million annually in maintenance, labor and fuel costs by retiring aging buses.

Fix Wilson Yard Sues City

Working together as "," more than 2,000 residents of the Uptown neighborhood (PDF) against the City of Chicago today, challenging numerous abuses in the creation, planning, implementation and funding of the Wilson Yard Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District and the corresponding Wilson Yard Redevelopment Plan. Sure, we're happy , but where's our movie theater?

That's The Ticket

11选5图标下载Tired of dodging the city tow trucks thanks to that fistful of parking tickets you've collected? The Department of Revenue is giving you .

Chicago Families Safe in India

The Trib has story to the recent tragedy in Mumbai. Update: At least was killed in the attacks.

Poorly Planned Squirrel Abatement

"I've got some cayenne pepper and a leaf blower. ?"

Everybody's President?

A friend and fellow Cubs fan joked to me the other day he was re-thinking his vote because he's tired of seeing Obama in Sox gear on the national news. Yesterday, the President-Elect's press team miffed at least one reporter by .

Fuel For The City

Believe it or not, you can get gas in Chicago for . Not in a nearby suburb, not across the Skyway in Indiana, but actually within the city limits, specifically at a BP and Mobil station at 76th Street near the Dan Ryan Expressway.

Voices of Hope

So what were you doing when you heard the news? The wants to know your reaction when you first heard that Barack Obama had won the election as part of their upcoming project. Video, audio and essays are all welcome.

Lawsuits Over Alleged Abuse on Election Night

Election night wasn't only a bad night for Republicans; some .

Looking for a Job

Getting on the Obama bus to Washington might be tough -- have been submitted on Change.gov so far. You might have .

A Simple Trail Mix-Up?

A 22-year veteran Chicago cop could lose his job over a $1 bag of .

AIDS Fund in Jeopardy

The Chicago Reporter reports that the African-American HIV/AIDS Response Fund, just two years ago, along with several other important health initiatives due to the state's budget shortfalls.

Fact Follows Fiction

Crime novelist and lawyer was last week. Her latest novel, coming out soon, just happens to feature a nearly identical scene, set in Old Town.

Chicago Rapper Arrested for Bank Robbery

was when stopped for a traffic violation. that was produced by Kanye; you may recognize it from a McDonald's commercial. Oops.

Mt. Prospect Digs Kids

Business Week just named Mt. Prospect the best . . Rankings were created from towns with a population over 50,000 and a median household income between $40,000-$100,000.

Diplomat Owner Being Undiplomatic

11选5图标下载The Diplomat Hotel, an SRO in Lakeview known best for its neon sign visible from the CTA, if its owner from checking on code compliance.

Battered by the Courts

11选5图标下载A story of calls into question some of the legal issues surrounding abusers, victims, and their children.

The Jarrett File

Time Magazine gives us the on Barack Obama's right-hand woman, , aka "big sister."

Last Stop: Dreamland

11选5图标下载If Chicago ever becomes a , we've already got the for it. Or at least the design for the station.

Tragedy in Evanston

Evanston police report that a 90-year-old woman has been with , one of whom probably died in the early '80s.

New Life For Old Post Office

The maybe finally be getting a new life as an office and condo development, according to the . The plan also calls for reducing the middle section that rests over the Eisenhower Expressway. To be fair, the building hasn't been totally useless over the years, appearing in two very recently.

Strike Up The Band

Tribune critics the Chicago-connected bands/performers they'd like to see at the Barack Obama inauguration balls, ranging from the to Obama favorite, .

A Parking Ticket Plan We Can Believe In

See, things are already changing after Barack Obama's election victory: Mayor Daley wants to give parking ticket scofflaws a break on issued before 2007. The amnesty period would run from Dec. 1 to Feb. 14.

The Whole World Is Watching...And Dishing

The OTHER big story on Election Night? Apparently it's Michelle Obama's dress. The and from around the world weigh in on her duds.

Headlines Seen Round the World

If you'd like to see different ways Obama splashed across frontpages in newspapers today, check out ' roundup, or go country-by-country at the .


Well, SOMEBODY'S making money in this lousy economy: The firm that installed and maintains the red light traffic cameras just scored a cool from the city.

Obama's Grandmother Dies

A day before her grandson has a chance to make history, Madelyn Dunham, Barack Obama's grandmother, . Obama credits her with being one of the major inspirations in his life.

Northside Prep At Head of The Class

The city's high school once again nabbed the top spot in a . But the news wasn't all good: Chicago schools also claimed 42 of the 50 lowest scoring spots on the list as well.

City of Slumped Shoulders?

Recent problems with the construction of and selling out is leading some to speculate that Chicago is losing its

Late For Early Voting?

Meant to vote early but just haven't gotten around to it? You've got until . Get a move on (not to be confused with).

I Am The Egg Ban, Goo Goo Ga Joob

To head off another "Great Egg War" this Halloween, an and alderman are asking area merchants to to youths until after the holiday.

Chicago Going To The Dogs

...or rather the othe way around as this one . We knew the city was popular tourist destination, but...

A Lot of Dogs

11选5图标下载After 61 years of the Terrills writing the for the Daily Herald, . Originally started by Dave Terrill in 1947, his wife Alice officially picked it up when he passed away in 1982. By the way, at 91, she's retiring to travel and represent the Lions Club.

'He Didn't Do It'

The mother of the in the Hudson family slayings says her son was in the tragic shootings. She spoke to CNN's Nancy Grace last night.

It's Miller Time...In Chicago

11选5图标下载Actually, time, the mash-up of two of the biggest brewers in the country. The company has tabbed downtown Chicago as the site of its .

When Concealing Guilty Pleasures Goes Too Far

Rick Beard, the director of Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, was today after he was recently arrested for shoplifting a $40 DVD box set of the fourth season of "House" at a local Target store. Beard's job earned a $150K annual salary.

From 'Village' To Condo

The days may be numbered for Hyde Park's Village Center shopping district. Plans for a are underway and just needs the city's John Hancock on the deal. One of the area's blogging watchdogs, , wrote about the future of the site a while back.

Another Brilliant Plan

Remember the teenage train engineer? Guess how he was caught: .

Sad Ending to Hudson Case

UPDATE: The body of a young boy found shot on the West Side has been positively as that of Julian King, nephew of Oscar-winning actress and Chicago native Jennifer Hudson.

Sad Ending To Hudson Story?

11选5图标下载According to, Chicago police have found the body of a boy on the city's West Side and have towed a white SUV from the scene. Police have not IDd the victim. Julian King, the seven-year-old nephew of Chicago native and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has been missing for several days and police issue an Amber Alert for the and were looking for a white Chevy Suburban.

Tragedy in Englewood

The mother and brother of Oscar-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson were in their south side home earlier this afternoon. An Amber Alert has been issued for Hudson's missing seven year-old nephew Julian King, who was likely taken by the suspected murderer.

Playing Conductor with Full-Scale Trains

11选5图标下载Some riders recently had a surprise guest engineer: .

'Second City' is First in Murders

Even with a smaller population than New York City and Los Angeles, Chicago leads them both in so far this year. A rep says cops tied down with paperwork may be partly to blame.

Sun, Sand and Spare Change

Bring some quarters along with that sunscreen when you go to the beach next year. The will for all 4,000 parking spots along Lake Michigan, specifically $1 an hour. In addition, they won't open beaches until 11 a.m. to cut down on lifeguard expenses.

We Had to Destroy the Pond in Order to Save It

It seems antithetical to a zoo's mission to preserve and protect wildlife, but ; non-native species like Koi and goldfish will be destroyed as the zoo restores the pond to an Illinois freshwater habitat.

Gay High School Plans Dropped

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley has apparently pulled the plug on plans for aserving gay and lesbian students.

$8.1 Million > $0

I'm sure it's not a surprise to anyone, but it's official: .

Blinding Them With Science (Funding)

The has received a to create a biotech education program for junior high/high schools to the tune of $5 million over five years. The program, sponsored by , includes the creation of a Biotechnology Center of Excellence and two new schools. And not a moment too soon as local reach Third World-levels.

Dramatic Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality

11选5图标下载A recent study demonstrates that the death rate from breast cancer in Chicago is , twice the national average. What's worse: in 1980, the rate was identical.

Earwax Café Under Fire

Popular Wicker Park eatery Earwax Café, 1561 N. Milwaukee Ave., was ordered to close after inspectors found rat feces in a basement storage area, holes in walls that allowed insects and rodents to come in and a poorly maintained outside garbage container, the reports.

Family Feud?

11选5图标下载That John McCain's people produced linking Barack Obama with "corrupt" Chicago politics? It's ruffling the feathers of some ...and not who you might think.

A Suit We Can Believe In

How popular is Barack Obama? Even is getting more attention than John McCain (OK, sorta...).

Voting Early And Often

11选5图标下载The number of Cook County residents chosing tofor this year's election has hit record numbers. If you think you want to jump the gun yourself, you have until .

Burge Background

Need refreshing on and the ? Read up on the U of C's and .

Burge Arrested in Torture Cases

The controversial case of former CPD Commander may have reached a conclusion. He was in connection with more than two decades of torture charges. The has a long history of covering Burge's alleged activities as well as other police torture cases.

Chicago, Global City

It's been a couple of days since Chicago made a ranking. This time they in the first put out by Foreign Policy magazine.

New CTA Brown Line Stations All Shiny and Rusty

11选5图标下载Construction shortcuts on the new brown line stations result in . Expect things to look uglier as winter sets in.

Oh THAT Sixties Radical Agitator...

11选5图标下载Bowing to pressure from politicians and donors while citing "safety reasons," the University of Nebraska .

Trib Goes For Barack

Giving a twist to its longstanding history of backing Republicans for president, the Tribune announced its of Democrat Barack Obama. This is the first time the paper has endorsed a Democrat for president. In 1872, it backed who ran as an independent but later was endorsed by the Dems.

Hyde Park Profiled by the Post

As a South Sider, one of the fascinating outcomes of the election season has been the increase in attention this side of the city is getting. The Washington Post chips in with . [Thanks, Spencer!]

A Good Start?

11选5图标下载Sorry, that's the punchline to a . But the reality is that two have laid off a significant number of their staff, a result of the current economic crunch.

A Savvy Move By The Blackhawks?

Just four games into the season, the have canned coach , ironically after the team notched it's first win of the year. Jeremy Piniak has the details over in Tailgate.

Peninsula Stands Out

If the stock market dive hasn't eaten up all of your cash, you might consider a stay at the . The luxury hotel was just named the in the U.S. by .

Tragic Copter Crash

Authorities are still searching for the cause of a that occured overnight in Aurora. The copter, carrying a one-year-old girl, was headed for here in Chicago.

City On The Move

Big doings at City Hall today: Not only is Mayor Daley planning on more than 900 city employees (including cutting some garbage crews from two men to one) to help balance the , but his hand-picked top cop Jody Weis is announcing a in the CPD.

MacArthur Foundation To Fight Foreclosures

The has , the largest effort by a private foundation in the US, to address the foreclosure crisis in Chicago. MacArthur predicts that it will be able to assist 10,000 households (which includes counseling for 6,000 borrowers and the prevention of 2,700 foreclosures) by 2010.

Good Things in Small Packages

The just released its list of the . Out of the 15 they selected, two are in the Chicago suburbs — in Burr Ridge, IL and in Crystal Lake, IL. Chicago-based Radio Flyer was a .

Ayers On McCain's Agenda?

11选5图标下载A desperate move or his ace-in-the-hole? Britain's reports that GOP presidential candidate plans to bring up Democratic opponent's connection to Chicago professor at tonight's debate.

C'mon, Have A Heart

A Chicago surgeon is being sued by a Niles woman for an experimental heart device in her chest without her consent. The surgeon reportedly earns royalties every time he uses the device.

JSYK, 151 Is Rng L8

11选5图标下载Starting today, CTA riders can sign up for to alert them to construction, delays and changes in service. OMG.

The City That (Doesn't) Work

...at least for three days. That's how long Mayor Daley wants to city government this year and in 2009 to address Chicago's budget crisis.

No. 2 Comes To The Second City

11选5图标下载Did you feel a sudden unexplainable chill down your spine this morning, as if the minions of the Dark Side had assembled their demonic hordes and began a death march across the barren terrain of the living. Yeah, me too. Oh, by the way, Dick Cheney's tomorrow.

These are the Runners in Our Neighborhoods

11选5图标下载Runners in this year's Chicago Marathon were grateful for the added spirit (and plentiful water) offered by . Lion dancers greeted runners in Chinatown, while Little Italy had cheerleaders and Pilsen's West 18th street had speakers playing Latin music.

Los Olimpicos

With some of Chicago's main competition for the 2016 Olympics bid coming from Rio de Janeiro and Madrid, the city in its first formal presentation on Saturday. Soon-to-be former chairman of the United States Olympic Committee, Peter Ueberroth, also touted Chicago as the best choice .

Cars Carry City's Budget Answer

Cars, whether parked legally or illegally, appear to be the answer to the , according to Mayor Daley. To close the $420 million gap, he's raising the city parking tax, preparing to privitize parking meters, putting in more and revising his Denver Boot plan.

The McCain Way

The Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet breaks down GOP presidential candidate John McCain's latest attempting to link Barack Obama to "the Chicago Way". Sweet notes that McCain choses to focus on , and "while the economy is sinking and the Dow is plunging again."

No Clout at All

Experience the astounding coincidences of Pool Boy.

Forced Eviction

Yesterday Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said he'd stop enforcing foreclosure evictions. Today, .

Burning River


No More Texting & Driving

. It'll be a $75 fine, rising to as much as $200 if you get into an accident.

Eviction Notice Suspended

11选5图标下载Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has that he's due to the large number of renters blindsided when their landlords default on loans.

Mr. Duncan Goes To Washington?

Chicago Public Schools CEO as Secretary of Education? That's the buzz according to local education publication , which cites Duncan's role as an education advisor and close friend to a certain Barack Obama.

That's Some "Overhead Projector"

Staff at the were surprised to make the presidential debates, particularly when their sought-after projection system .

Homecoming Buzzkill

The driver of a "party bus" called the cops when the Highland Park teenagers he was driving to Homecoming tried to sneak booze -- and .

A Little Trash, A Lot of Cash

11选5图标下载According to the city's inspector general, Chicago's is a little bit like "Seinfeld": a big (expensive) show about nothing. David Hoffman says garbage crews get for 25 percent of their time on the clock.


Better Late Than...

Admitting he never thought he'd win one, Professor , 87, was awarded a for his work in and notified via an early Tuesday phone call from Stockholm. And how did your day start?

A New Approach

With the controversial Special Ops Section now defunct, the is taking a to combating the gang problem.

City Hall 'Sting'

"Roof Top Honey" may sound like some sort of upper-level illicit rendezvous, but it's actually the name of the sweet product harvested from on the rooftops of City Hall and the Cultural Center and sold and at The Farmstand at 66 E. Randolph St.

It's Your Anniversary

11选5图标下载Today is Barack and Michelle Obama's sixteenth wedding anniversary today. According to , the expected modern gift for is . According to the Sun-Times, Barack instead.

Fukudome To You Too, Pal

As if the Cubs didn't have enough , one of their is being mistaken for a swear word. Good thing this guy isn't still their .

Take Me Out To The Ballgame...No, Me!

So the Cubs lost 11选5图标下载yesterday. Doesn't mean that tickets for their game tonight are in any less demand. In fact, a brother and sister are over who gets the valuable pieces of cardboard.

They Call Him "The Cleaner"

Mr. Clean actor died recently at the age of 92. In case you didn't know, was here in Chicago by Harry Barnhart and Ernie Allen at the ad agency. The hairless, obsessive compulsive, , and corporate mascot's first name is Veritably11选5图标下载, by the way, and he's known as Mr. Proper in England and Don Limpio in Spain. There you go: more than you ever wanted to know about .

Next Time, Try Ebay

11选5图标下载A would-be terrorist who tried to swap stereo speakers for hand grenades to launch an attack on a Rockford mall was to 35 years in prison.

Bail Denied in Cop Slaying

11选5图标下载Bail has been for the suspect in the slaying of Chicago Police Officer Nathaniel Taylor Jr. Meanwhile, his 5-year-old daughter tries to with the loss.

Just in Time

Michael Reese Hospital , which clears the way for Mayor Daley to nab the real estate for the proposed Olympic village should the city host the 2016 games.

No Cash, More Trash?

In an effort to cure the , Mayor Daley says the city may layoff 1,000 workers, possibly resulting in (among other things) reduced garbage collection.

Rezko Cutting A Deal?

One-time political inside man has reportedly been seen making frequent trips to the . Is he spilling the beans in order to get a reduced sentence?

His Swan Song

It's been called for the way that Cubs fans take over Miller Park when their team plays there. That sort of exhuberance cost one man his . But then he works for the Brewers so you can see where that might be a problem.

Bunny To Go Belly Up?

11选5图标下载The Telegraph has . With a crap economy, internet porn sites, and paltry pay-per-view profits nipping at its tail, could Playboy go belly up? Gawker has to explain.

More Crime, Fewer Cops?

As the city's crime rate goes up, the number of police officers is , according to the , who say that the city could be short 400 police officers by the end of the year.

Playoff Payoff?

, he of the , hopes his pays off with even more attention. He plans on ringing Wrigley Field during the Cubs' first playoff game to bring national attention to his fight for school funding reform.

Daley: Let My People Go

11选5图标下载Mayor Daley himself is for a Chicago cop who was arrested and sentenced to five years in Iowa for assaulting a man outside of a party in 2005. Daley wrote a letter to Iowa Governor Chet Culver seeking a pardon for Officer Michael Mette.

This is Legal?

Jeanette Sliwinski, the Morton Grove woman who killed three local musicians in 2005 during a botched suicide attempt, will be October 2 after serving less than half of the eight year sentence she received.

He Ain't Heavy...

...he's the mayor's brother and Boss Daley is at GOP presidential candidate John McCain for linking to the "corrupt Chicago Machine." But just to show that corruption goes both ways, the mayor reminded everyone of the

When Cubs Fans Attack

Maybe the 7th inning booze ban isn't such a bad idea, in light of at the hands of other Cubs fans. This isn't the first serious brawl this season, either.

Blago Veto A No-go

The Illinois Senate voted 55-0 to Gov. Rod Blagojevich's veto of a state ban on campaign donations from supporters seeking to do business with the state.

Smart, Very Smart

The Chicago-based will announce this year's (aka "Genius Grant" recipients) later today, but a few other sites to the . The most local recipient is Will Allen, owner of Milwaukee's Growing Power.

Chicago Gets a (Green) Thumbs-Up

11选5图标下载We may be the most city in the U.S., but at least the air we're breathing through our flared nostrils is fresher than most other places. A has found Chicago to be the in the country.

Now, It's Getting Personal

Not content to take shots at level of , presidential opponent levels his political shotgun at the "Chicago Machine" in a and pretty much doesn't miss anyone.

Chinatown, My Chinatown

11选5图标下载The was badly damaged in a Friday afternoon. No word yet on whether any were lost.

Resurrecting Pilgrim Baptist Church

Architecture fans take heart. Plans are to rebuild Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan's , which caught in January 2006 (one of three Sullivans to burn to a crisp ). The current estimate for repairs is $37 million. Donations are .

This Billboard's Not for You

11选5图标下载Anheuser-Busch and the owner of "the Budweiser building" across from Wrigley Field .

Clearing The Air

Mayor Daley unveils a to drastically cut the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The plan includes expanding the number of , increased and and promotion .

Important Buildings in Trouble

Landmarks Illinois has released its , an annual review of threatened buildings in Chicago. If you're so inclined, you can at the Trib.

Cops Cooling Their Heels in Protest

The Associated Press reports that some as a form of protest against Superintendent Jody Weis. No comment so far on , but keep your eye out.

Who's On Third?

11选5图标下载Add another voice to the debate over a third airport for the Chicago area: the FAA chief who says another in addition to the $15 billion expansion at O'Hare.

Six-Ring Domain

11选5图标下载Have you visited , when you meant to go to ? The former is owned by a Northwestern grad student, and features a "fair and balanced discussion" of Chicago's Olympic bid -- and the bid committee wants to use it for their own purposes. .

Zell Of A Problem

11选5图标下载The aren't the only employees of with balls. The Chicago real-estate mogul who purchased the Tribune and the Cubs by several employees of the (which he also owns) who are seeking to remove him from the company's board of directors.

Out Of Bounds

11选5图标下载A local high school football coach lost his job this week. No, not for producing a winless season. For . How many yards do you get penalized for that?

Nine Million Cigarettes Later

11选5图标下载An enterprising Chicagoan realized the Kentucky sales tax on a pack of cigarettes is 30 cents, while the Chicago tax is $3.66 and the New York tax is $4.25. Unfortunately for him, .

Another Feather in Chicago's Cap

Have you been feeling on edge lately? It's not just you--Forbes ranks Chicago as the .

Isn't It Ironic?

Braving the record rains11选5图标下载 over the weekend to say "I do" ended up in the thousands for seven lucky couples. The jewelers running the promotion? Not so lucky.

Free to Be U of C

11选5图标下载The University of Chicago magazine contemplates and whether that's a legitimate criticism of presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.

My Cousin, The Rabbi

11选5图标下载The already-diverse Barack Obama family just keeps getting more diverse. Meet Michelle's .

Wrong Approach to Avoiding the Boot

A city worker was beaten with a stick and then shot in the back this morning . The car's owner will now have a whole lot more to worry about than unpaid parking tickets.

Lots of Rain Alright

11选5图标下载That had to be . There's all over the place, including .

Image Is Everything

11选5图标下载According to Chairman Patrick Ryan, the main goal of securing the Olympics is to . Really? Are we still all Al Capone and Michael Jordan to the rest of the world?

Armed and Fabulous!

11选5图标下载The FBI is on the hunt for the , who robbed a Park Ridge bank wearing a black and pink dress, pink sun hat and white gloves. For a dangerous felon, he manages to stay well-coordinated.

Children's Museum in Even More Hot Water

As if the Grant Park controversy weren't enough, the Sun-Times discovered the Museum .

Biden His Time In Chicago

VP candidate hung out in Lincoln Park this week and how he plans to handle opponent in their . Bottom line: no kid gloves.

CPS Testing Crime Fighting with Text Messages

The new CPS/CPD project will , but the real story is the ridiculous "CRIME" graffiti photo used in the article.

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...Full of Whales

11选5图标下载Seven beluga whales and four Pacific white-sided dolphins from the Shedd Aquarium in preparation for the upcoming nine-month renovation of the Oceanarium. I wonder what the shipping and handling on that delivery was.

Maxwell Street 'Flea'ing Again

Once again, Chicago's historic is , this time relocating from Canal Street to Desplaines Street. Even if you don't need tube socks, you should probably go see it. Something says this latest move might be its last.

Coffee War Brewing

11选5图标下载As The begins a withdrawal of sorts, closing 600 outlets including 18 in Chicago, stalwart is moving in to with plans for four drive-thrus in locations previously earmaked for Starbucks.

United We Halt

for shares of United Airlines (UAL), which were as low as $0.01 today, due to false bankruptcy rumors. The scare was caused by the Florida Sun Sentinel publishing a six-year-old Trib article .

Physicists Learn to Improvise

11选5图标下载 hired 's Charna Halpern to and . Which will come in handy as they assure the world that their Large Hadron Collider won't create a black hole that will kill us all.

Organize This!

11选5图标下载In her GOP convention , Sarah Palin gave a little slap in the face to community organizers. A Chicago community organizer (not Obama) .

"Second Hand Bandit" Potentially Identified

Authorities claim the person is a South Side designer. It appears .

Even Brie Hurts When Thrown

And you thought metal shows were tough. Apparently it can get down and dirty on the lawn at during a Donna Summer show. Especially if you .

Laughter In The Rain

11选5图标下载If the has gotten you down today, here's something to give you a much-needed chuckle: Todd Stroger says that .

Chi-lympic Haters Have a Mascot

, but are not so hot on .

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Des Plaines residents . The only thing that's made them more upset? Casinos.

In Barack's Backyard

You better not pout, you better not cry, you better not ask about his seven houses and here's why: John McCain is . (With apologies to Santa.)

By the Time I Get to Northfield

The of the first day of Chicago Public Schools will go as planned today, with hundreds of city students attempting to enroll at tony .

The Trib Does Gustav

11选5图标下载Follow Hurricane Gustav news from the Tribune and .

He Was the Lizard King/He Can Do Anything

11选5图标下载Say farewell to the Komodo Dragon, who's been sunning himself on a fake rock at the for the past two years.

Seeing Gold (and Oprah) in Millennium Park

The Chicago 2016 Bid Committee is having a on Wednesday the 3rd, hosted by Chicago's greatest athlete, Oprah Winfrey (hey, she did run that marathon!). Meet hundreds of Olympians and cheer on Chicago's chances to host the 2016 Games. UPDATED11选5图标下载: Although the Chicago 2016 blog says he park opens at 6am, and entry is first-come, first-served, says to stop by the park at noon tomorrow for reservation information. This event is the season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Get Your Tour On (While You Still Can)

Due to , 13 historical sites and 11 state parks around Illinois will close in the coming months. If you don't get a move on, now might be your last chance to check out the near Charleston, IL and a near Springfield.

Trumpie Says Relax

11选5图标下载New spa guestrooms, opening September 1 at the Trump Hotel and Tower Chicago, come with amenities like yoga kits, fresh orchids, and are staffed by to customize the experience.

Viewing the Stars from the U of C

NASA named another telescope after a U of C researcher, and . The article also provides a list of other U of C affiliates similarly immortalized, from Chandrasekhar to Hubble.

I Believe I Can Fly... Away with Your Money

R. Kelly may have beaten child pornography charges earlier this year, but new legal trouble have surfaced for the "Pied Piper of R&B." South African authorities wants to . "Mr. Kelly has no knowledge of this woman, has never received any money from her, and has not been contacted by any law enforcement authorities regarding the matter. He will, of course, cooperate fully with any legitimate investigation of this matter, since he has nothing to hide."

Media Still Finding New Angles for Obama Coverage

This time: .

Ugandan Orphans Probably Don't Like Chicago

Remember the Ugandan orphans who were robbed? .

The Imperfect Crime

You know your robbery isn't going well when you .

Seriously? Stealing from a Ugandan Children's Choir?

Apparently, some from that was in the U.S. to raise money for a school and residence for their fellow orphans. A local businessman stepped in with a donation to make up for the financial loss, but some still lost the last photos of their families.

Michelle Obama: Just The Facts

As a primer on the potential First Lady prior to her speech tonight at the , a of Michelle Obama.

Corporate Olympic Dreams

Crain's does of the effectiveness of Chicago companies' advertisements during the Olympics.


, aka , and his girlfriend Danielle Bremner, aka Dani or , as they arrived at O'Hare and JFK yesterday. The pair allegedly went on , and were wanted in New York for thousands of dollars in property damage from their spray-paint escapades. Harper is originally from Chicago.

Looking for a Job? You're Not Alone

Chicago's -- 2.1% over last year -- and we lost 2,700 jobs.

Four Eared Cat?

Yep, . His name is Yoda, as is with the type.

The Veep-stakes Winner

11选5图标下载Don't bother waiting for the Democratic convention. According to the Barack Obama is going to announce his vice presidential running mate this Saturday in Springfield.

It's Sonic Day!

In our continuing coverage of the arrival of burgers in the Chicago area (actually Aurora), the fast food chain with the omnipresent commercials finally opens. And apparently not a moment too soon.


11选5图标下载Barack Obama's senior economics advisor is (in Obama's words) just like him: a skinny, tall, youthful, geeky guy with big ears and a funny name who taught at the U of C. Read about Austan Goolsbee in MIT's .

Buffalo Shot on I-55

Speaking of nightmares, four buffalo escaped from an area just outside of Joliet and found their way onto 55, which .

...and Throw Away the Key

in California for the July acid attack on a Logan Square woman, who is still in serious condition.

Any Major Dude Will Tell You to Have Common Sense

We've all thought about sliding down a stair railing, but haven't actually done it because it's dangerous and foolish. Some guy at the Steely Dan show at the Chicago Theater last night .

The Case of the Desert Graveyard

A U of C researcher discovered . Other than being the biggest find from that era, it also shines significant light on the life of humans when the desert wasn't actually a desert.

Regional Olympic Support and Struggles

11选5图标下载In an Olympic angle amazingly un(der)covered by the media, the Trib .

Now That's a lot of Cocaine

11选5图标下载The Cook County sheriff . What tipped them off? Well, the drugs were hidden in a shipment of cattle hooves delivered to a metal grinding business.

Ganging Up On Gangs

11选5图标下载First it was Blagojevich attempting to of the city in combating gang violence, now the feds are , offering $2 mil to help stop the violence.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Stimulus

More than 200,000 Illinois residents have for their simulus checks, accounting for nearly $63 million in unclaimed tax rebates. Most of the non-filers are seniors, so if the money in your birthday card envelope is a little light this year...

Bensenville Stops Vanishing Temporarily

A large portion of Bensenville is being demolished11选5图标下载 to make way for O'Hare's expansion, but today.

Beijing Bests Chicago ... and Everywhere Else

11选5图标下载Ever wondered what the world's most famous film critic thinks about Olympic ceremonies, China or President Bush? .

Bensenville, the Vanishing Village

The Windy Citizen to cover Bensenvile's plight in the O'Hare expansion. Particularly interesting is .

Just When I Needed You Most

Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was imprisoned yesterday for violating bond on charges related a text-message scandal, was on new, separate charges of assaulting a sherriff's deputy. Detroit journalists are Kilpatrick's was nowhere to be seen in the legal fracas that ensued, although Webb maintains that Kilpatrick is still a client.

The Case of the Greedy Police Officer

11选5图标下载Free 12oz cups of coffee simply for one cop.

Fifth-Grade Think Tank

11选5图标下载Fifth-graders at Little Village Academy recommend after-school arts and sports activities, as well as recess and gym during the schoolday, in order to curb gang activity and create non-violent, social outlets for students. (All of those are, of course, often first on the chopping block when funding gets tight.) The Sun-Times gives a .

You Can Bank On It

in Chicago in less than 90 minutes. That's gotta be some kind of record.

Novak to Retire

After a difficult couple of weeks, Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak announced he is . It ran for 46 years.

Self-Deportation: No Takers?

Chicago and four other cities just launched a program for illegal immigrants to . Chicago officials said that, so far, no one has taken them up on their generous offer, which runs through August 22.

Justice Waits for Jailed Chicago Cop

John Kass provides in the story of , a Chicago police officer currently serving a five-year jail term in Iowa for a 2005 assault that is the product of corrupt local politics.

Another Cyclist Killed Yesterday; Local Coverage Doesn't Agree

11选5图标下载Local media is reporting on a cyclist killed on North Lake Shore Drive during rush hour yesterday evening, but the news stories have been highly inconsistent. The the bicyclist was hit by a southbound LSD vehicle that fled the scene. that a man was hit trying to run across the Outer Drive. No mention of a bicycle. (per witnesses) that the victim was hit while cycling north on the Inner Drive and knocked into the Outer Drive (the barrier between the Inner and Outer drives is not substantial at the 3300 block) where he was hit again. According to witnesses cited in the comments sections of both online newspaper articles, the ABC version most closely represents reality. Here's hoping our local media can quickly get this tragic story right.

Paying Up from the Grave

Local bank is the estate of Kanye West's late mother Donda for $600K to cover a mortgage on a property here in Chicago.

Investigate The O'Hare UFO

Remember ? A New York Times op ed cites it as .

"Broke" Park

11选5图标下载Chicago isn't the only city in this region suffering a . is having to tighten the civic belt as well.

Uptown Theater Sold

Jam Productions has the long-shuttered Uptown Theater for $3.2 mil in a foreclosure sale, as reported by Crain's. (Thanks to for the tip.)

"That's not something you shoot ducks with"

The city's gun buy-back program on Saturday, 100 more than last year. One point of curiosity: the city set a goal of collecting double that amount, but it ran out of debit cards before they even reached half.

I Guess Cops Aren't All Bastions of Morality

Speaking of bad cops, the FBI caught a police officer who .

Novak Hits the Gas

11选5图标下载Sun-Times in D.C. today, according to Politico. Time Out Chicago wants to know .

Smile, You're On Red Light Camera

The city has . They plan on installing 25 more. They expect to collect more than because of them. If gas prices weren't enough to make you ditch the car, this might do it.

Wire or Liar?

11选5图标下载Friends of Drew Peterson (he still has friends?) say he pretty much confessed his involvement in the death and/or disappearance of two of his wives and they have it on , but say they're lying.

Today's Dangerous Job: Evanston Ice Cream Man


Animal Welfare Act Violations at Loyola

U.S. Department of Agriculture , some of which led to the deaths of rabbits and dogs.

Blotter Blocked

The Tribune and have teamed up to map the paper's stories. .

Haulin' Gas

High gas prices has created a rise in the number of incidents here in Chicago, which in turn has resulted in a rise in the sale of

Straight Outta Lynnwood

No, not the -- baggy pants. They're .

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Roeper

After eight years of telling us to skip it or see it, Richard Roeper announced that , leaving the show without a consistent host as Roger Ebert continues to recuperate from cancer treatment. Roeper's plans for the future are unclear.

The Play's the Thing

The New York Times following the success of August: Osage County and talks to him about his new play, Superior Donuts.

Wear Lead Underwear

The TSA at O'Hare will soon have .

Hot Pockets

Workers at a city agency accused of taking, um, ? Say it isn't (yawn) so.

Jailhouse Suck

After a 17-month investigation, the Feds released a report on , citing, per the Times, "vastly inadequate medical care, beatings at the hands of jail workers, and dilapidated dangerous building conditions." The best quote comes from U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald, “You can’t have conditions where people are dying and being amputated."

Alpha Kappa Alpha Turns 100

Chicago-based , the first sorority started by African-American college women, is turning 100. It's celebrating in D.C. with the "." Mattel's even commemorating the anniversary of the group with the .

Psst... Prohibition Is Over

Somebody forgot to tell a South Side man that you can buy liquor legally in Chicago now. He was by cops in Tennessee transporting moonshine across state lines. Riding shotgun with him? His dog, Thunder.

D&D and Pufferfish Poison

The guy who allegedly bought pufferfish toxin to kill his wife was . Evidently that makes him creepier.

Undercover Cross Border Drug Sting

No, not that border; .

Send in the (Retired) Troops?

11选5图标下载Today Gov. Blagojevich (before he'd suggested it to Mayor Daley, apparently) that the state rehire retired Chicago police officers, bring in the Illinois National Guard, or State Police officers .

Swimming to Chicago

Seventeen year-old Ethan Hall is today to raise money for diabetes research. From Porter Beach in Indiana to Oak Street Beach, Hall's 29-mile trip should take about 14 hours. And what are you doing with your day?

Alive Stingrays

11选5图标下载Today's nonhuman heartbreaker: A temperature control system malfunction at the Brookfield Zoo .

Lost Dog

11选5图标下载Today's : Bo, a collie from Arlington Heights, was separated from his family five years ago, but just turned up in the in Rockford.

Showing You the Money, One Town at a Time

In a recent article featuring the , Chicago suburbs wrangled four of the top spots. Lake Forest, IL came in at #3, with a median family income of $212,122 (and a median home price of $1 million), followed by Wilmette, IL at #20, Deerfield, IL at #23 and Highland Park, IL at #24.

Weis On The Hot Seat

11选5图标下载The Tribune's blog is giving updates on grilling by the City Council today on the city's expanding crime/gang problem. Weis said he plans on contacting other cities to find out how they've handled it.

Chicago Tribune Editor Resigns

11选5图标下载Ann Marie Lipinski that she will step down as the Chicago Tribune's editor and senior vice president. Gerould W. Kern will replace Lipinski, who started her career at the paper thirty years ago as an intern.

The Ballot or the Bullet?

11选5图标下载, but maybe a certain Alderman has been straying a little too far from the machine.

Passing the Baton

We're not the only ones who stand to benefit economically from getting the nod for the . According to a , the cities surrounding Chicago might get to stand on the winner's platform too.

People You May Know: Barack Obama

The New York Times tells the story of one of the founders of who to move to Chicago and work for .

Another Report, Another Last Place

O'Hare continues its stellar rankings among large airports, . As usual, Midway fared better.

The Luminary City

First it was Ottawa11选5图标下载, now a forward-thinker at the Los Angeles Times .

Bozo Buckets in the Sky

, the creator licensor of popular children's icon Bozo the Clown, . Chicago's rendition of "The Bozo Show" remains as one of the most popular children's programs in the history of television.

While Chicago's version of the Bozo Show was helmed by Bob Bell and Joey D'Auria, the local show stood as the longest running of all of the Bozo shows. It went off the air in 2001.

No Surprise: Code Violations Found in Housing Project

11选5图标下载 at Cabrini Green following the death of Curtis Cooper, the .

Operation Malicious Mortgage

The Windy Citizen gets the scoop on .

Airplane Fuel Finds New Home ... in the Lake

On Monday, an Air Nippon jet dropped about 1,450 gallons of its fuel into Lake Michigan. The Trib asks .

Repeal the 2nd Amendment?

That's we should do. Tell us what you think in Fuel.

I Can See Clearly Now

11选5图标下载Attention all "playas": You may want to think about removing the tint from the front window of your (do they still call it that?). The city is considering for having a tinted front car window from $25 to $250. Now as for that booming bass...

Phony Docs and Toxic Fish

. I know there's a joke in here but I can't quite place it.

Are There AARP Cards For Apes?

11选5图标下载Keo the ape and the is throwing a party for its elder statesman, one of the two oldest male zoo chimps in North America. If you have time, go over to the and show him some monkey love... um, or something like that.

The [For Sale] Tower

The is considering . Maybe a certain new media outfit should boost its profile...

Step Away From The Desk

Top cop Jody Weis announced that more desk cops will be in an effort to shore up the police push to combat a growing crime and gang problem.

Punishing Fanatics

R. Kelly may be free, but .

Baguio, New Sister City?

The city of of our . Interestingly, did the .

Awaiting Indie Radio

11选5图标下载Loyola University . Meanwhile, the radio station intended to replace as a community-run entity, , is still waiting for funding and clearing-of-red-tape but wants to launch a web-based feed later this summer. They've put out the call for donations: to help, you can .

Room For Improvement?

11选5图标下载A gives the an "F" following a recent uptick in the number of fatal shooting by police officers.

Carlin's Humor: Made In Chicago

here in Chicago at the turned the late comedic life around. And the rest is of history...

A Desire for Streetcars?

The in Chicago is long gone, but leave it to a gas crunch to get about bringing back the "Green Hornet."

Chicago Wildlife Gets A Bit Wilder

11选5图标下载We’ve had our share of land-based animal interlopers recently: your Roscoe Village cougars, your Quizno’s coyotes. Now you might want to double-check those weekend canoeing plans. A four-and-a-half-foot-long this afternoon in the Chicago River .

Will Newspapers Survive? Prolly Not.

A Chicago forum concludes that for newspaper journalism as we know it.

Driven To Respond

The subject of in today's paper, who complained about the hardships of not having a car, gets a bit of a dressing down by (naturally) the author of the blog

Friedman Institute Under Fire

The U of C's plans to create the are .

You Say Tomato and I Say...

...you might want to make a note of one particular , which has been pinpointed by the as one of the of the local tomato-based salmonella outbreak.

Tributes to SOLVE and an Arrest

Following his murder11选5图标下载, the Trib . Tributes are being posted in and , which has plenty of links to other tributes and information.

Even Better than Tony Danza

Chicago theaters , with 's August: Osage County winning several awards for Best Play, Best Leading Actress, Best Director, Best Featured Actress, and Best Scenic Design. also took home a regional Tony last month11选5图标下载. Congrats!

Driver in Chinatown CTA Crash Dies

The truck driver responsible for the April 25 crash at the CTA Chinatown station that killed two and injured 21 .

Street Art Community in Shock

Brendan Scanlon, also known as , was in Logan Square. Although the Sun Times reports that there is a suspect in custody, no charges have been filed. SOLVE was a core member of the Chicago street art community, and a tireless advocate for the meaningful, memorable use of public space. He was interviewed for a GB feature on street art11选5图标下载 last year.

R.Kelly Cleared

. Your thoughts?

Taking a Powder

11选5图标下载Someone mailed a mysterious, but apparently harmless, white powder to several elected officials at yesterday. No comment yet on who received the powder.

Middle Class, We Hardly Knew Thee

11选5图标下载A analyzing U.S. regional attributes documents .

City Council Approves Children's Museum Move

from Navy Pier to Grant Park 33-16. Share your thoughts in Fuel.

Cheap Drugs

, everyone's favorite non-Jewel grocery chain, will begin at its pharmacies.

New Chicago Reader Website: Drinks

11选5图标下载The Reader will be launching a new nightlife site this week: . The site isn't live yet, but .

State Drops the Ball on Wrigley

The State's to buy Wrigley Field from the Tribune failed to make it out of the infield in a clash over how to finance the deal. Does this open the door for to and stadium lock, stock and barrel?

Viñoly's New Design for the U of C

Following the recent announcement about new construction at the U of C11选5图标下载, the school's announcing a new medical pavilion building designed by . The Trib has , but there's .

Pfleger Gets A Second Chance

A little more than a week after being removed as head of the parish, Fr. Michael Pfleger is to the church on June 16 - with the caveat that he keep his political viewpoints out of the pulpit.

Watch the Skies

Cook County (and the whole region, actually) is . (Saved for posterity.)

DeRogatis Gets a Pass

11选5图标下载Sun-Times music writer Jim DeRogatis in the R. Kelly trial, thanks to a little thing called the .

More Political and Religious Controversy

Speaking of Obama, the Chicago priest who vigorously endorsed Obama and mocked Hillary .

Barack Obama, From A to Z

With Barack Obama's (presumptive) all sewn up, The London Times gives the of his remarkable life. Guess what the "C" stands for? There's also an AP on Obama with photos from throughout his life.

R. Kelly Trial Goes PG-13

Jake and Elwood might have had a , but R. Kelly apparently had a duffle bag full of porn, acording to the in his ongoing trial. A former aide/partner tells tales of payoffs, plots and a dalliance on a basketball court.

The Police Department's Creative Writing Assignments

Well, maybe not assignments, per se11选5图标下载, but at least one former police officer is

Clash of the Bed Pans

throws off the gloves and down the street from their "arch rivals," in Streeterville. The move supposedly is prompted by U of C's desire to treat more .

Guess Which Movies We Watch

As , and , people like watching movies about where they live. We're no exception: the first six movies that are disproportionately watched by Chicagoans are about or take place in Chicago.

A Man Walks Into A Comedy Club ...

... and they've been coming in ever since, as celebrates its of supplying Chicago's standup comedy needs. You can get in free for one of two birthday celebration shows tonight -- which show depends on your age.

Keep an Eye Out for Twisters

Just a heads up: Chicagoland is under today.

The Best Tooth Care a Pimp Ever Had

11选5图标下载A Chicago dentist got busted for being the . Of course, he also did dental work for the prostitutes and pimps.

You Can't Get There From Here

Planning on flying to Buenos Aires or Honolulu before the year is over? Better move that date up. announced it's from Chicago to those two cities on September 3 and January 5, respectively.

Green Line Derailed

, injuring about 10 people.

Pardon Me?

Everybody's favorite grumpy (indicted) grandpa, former Gov. George Ryan, gets a hand from another ex-gov, Jim Thompson, in getting Ryan's 6 1/2 year prison sentence .

Free on Your Doorstep and Free on Your Screen

South Siders will appreciate that the Lakefront Outlook has , even if it is only in image form.

Roosevelt Offers Education Without Strings

Nationwide, students without social security numbers can't apply for federal student aid and most private scholarships. Soon -- regardless of their immigration status -- students graduating from a new city high school will be

China's Chicago

11选5图标下载Chongqing, , is only several hundred kilometers from the epicenter of .

Don't Forget Your Jacket

A little something known as a .

Clear Your Samples!

Late jazzman Joe Farrell's daughter is for the use of her dad's music without attribution on a number of hip-hop cuts, including Kanye's "Gone" and Common's "Chi City." We know you own Late Registration and Be: go listen for yourselves. She is seeking no more performances or copies of said albums sold with the offending sample be released.

Teaching Ottawa

11选5图标下载A columnist for the Ottawa Citizen thinks ; a letter to the editor points out that a .

Jurors Watch 'Kellyvision'

The R. Kelly trial gets down and dirty as jurors see the infamous of his alleged dalliance with an underage girl on a six-foot screen.

US City of the Year

named Chicago its .

Marina City Modifications

Despite protests from Marina City residents, Dick's Last Resort's plan to move to and modify the structure .

Children's Museum Move Clears a Hurdle

The in its battle to build a new building in Grant Park.

Crime On The Move?

11选5图标下载The analyzed and concludes that the demolition of the projects has resulted in crime migrating to nearby areas.

Challenge to the Foie-Gras Ban?

Ald. Thomas Tunney is seeking to . UPDATE: the , and Hot Doug's will be serving its foie gras-duck sausage "."

That's The Ticket

11选5图标下载Received an unexplained overdue parking ticket notice in the mail? Stop scratching your head. might explain it.

And Then He Turned Into A Real Boy...

11选5图标下载The -- ahem -- colorful Stuart Levine, the government's star witness in the Tony Rezko corruption trial, was labelled "Pinocchio" for his alleged lies on the stand during . He was also called "corrupt ... arrogant ... unlikable." And that was by the Feds who put him up there.

Moving Bodies to Move Bodies

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving O'Hare and the St. John's United Church cemetery, .

No, I Don't Have a Gun

Dennis Farina, former Law and Order11选5图标下载 actor (and former Chicago cop) tried to board a flight to Chicago with a loaded handgun in his briefcase. You know, like other people forget they've got a full-sized tube of toothpaste in their carry-on.

Chicago All Over NY Times

11选5图标下载Our fair city snatched the headlines of the Sunday NY Times, including a feature story about as well as another piece about in the suburbs.

Another Bicyclist Killed

Last night, a man riding his bicycle on Sheridan Road near Winthrop Harbor was that then fled the scene. The man was in his 50s and is the latest in a tragic string11选5图标下载 of bike riders who have been killed in Chicagoland this spring. Police are looking for the driver of the SUV.

Another School Arrest

In Waukegan, the staff aren't catching students hacking on school computers, they're .

Outsourcing Gangbangers?

11选5图标下载An circulating in a Florida community contends that is bringing in "vanloads" of gang members from Chicago to work in their plant there, some of whom are apparently fired and "roaming the streets like wild dogs." The local sheriff's office acknowledges the email, but says the information is not true.

Wi-Fi? Yawn.

The "Jetsonian" WiMAX is reportedly by year's end.

So Mail Service is Getting Better, Huh?

11选5图标下载U.S. Postal Service first-class delivery speed is . That said, I present my favorite quote from the story: "It was unclear how delivery as a whole fared or if it was measured at all."

Local Congressman Wants No Second Life

11选5图标下载Illinois Congressman is sponsoring a bill to ban access of in schools and libraries, citing . The is among those who are opposed to this legislation.

Hitting Some Static

just over $4.5 million in unpaid bills. Puts your overdue cable bill in perspective.

Mayhem on the Streets

What is up with drivers lately? Trucks hitting train stops, bicyclists getting hit, -- and now six people (including three kids and an infant) .

Stop the Shooting

11选5图标下载, a program aimed at . []

Violence As a Virus

11选5图标下载Alex Kotlowitz covers the local group CeaseFire! and their way of treating , not as a criminal justice problem. Kotlowitz's writing is delightful as usual transcending a grim topic. I particularly liked this quote:

“Chinatown, San Francisco in the 1880s,” Slutkin says. “Three ghosts: malaria, smallpox and leprosy. No one wanted to go there. Everybody blamed the people. Dirty. Bad habits. Something about their race. Not only is everybody afraid to go there, but the people there themselves are afraid at all times because people are dying a lot and nobody really knows what to do about it. And people come up with all kinds of other ideas that are not scientifically grounded — like putting people away, closing the place down, pushing the people out of town. Sound familiar?”

Blue Bags Go Out With the Trash

11选5图标下载After thirteen years and heaps of criticism, Chicago will this summer, with plans to expand the city-wide by 2011.

Daley on Chicago '68

The Wall Street Journal examines of the Weathermen and riots of 1968.

Avoiding the "gloomy underground sarcophagus"

Obviously displeased with the , the Trib .

Cougarwatch '08 Continues...

Forget potholes; cougars are the new urban menace. Police got a call from someone who claims they saw a cougar near at about 3:15 a.m. (not too long after closing time at the bars ... hmmm). Meanwhile, authorities in Stickey say a photo of a cougar prowling around their area is a Still, there are a couple of eyewitness reports of a big cat near the water reclamation plant.

Second Bicyclist Killed in Logan Square

The second fatal Logan Square bike accident in the last 10 days: 24 year-old Amanda Annis was .

50,000 Pounds of Smoked Ribs ...

with "."

The Wright Stuff

11选5图标下载Former senior pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright continued his media blitz with a at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. (in which he slammed Dick Cheney's military credentials, or lack thereof). But a offers another perspective on Wright.

Another Perspective on the Shootings

After hearing Da Mare, the New York Times, and so many others comment on how difficult the recent shootings in Chicago have been, it was interesting to hear the story of a .

First Coyotes, Then Cougars and Now...

11选5图标下载...horses, one of which from the in Old Town early this morning and wandered the streets for a while. Our new city slogan: "Chicago: Where the Zoo Comes to You."

Has it Come to This? Yes, it Has

11选5图标下载The New York Times wrote , the volunteer group that escorts students to Crane Technical High School each day as a response to the March one block from the school that left a student dead.

Cougar's Remains on File at Field Museum

If you read the article in the Red Eye about the remains of the cougar recently shot in Roscoe Village, you only got half the story. The (with some rather vivid details) on the Trib's site, walks you through the preparation of the skeleton and hide for study at the .

Deadly Shootings Threaten Olympic Bid

As the city copes with yet another senseless killing (detailed here in this on YouTube), reports say the murder wave could have another consequence - it could wipe out Chicago's bid for the .

You Don't Need an Eye Exam

OK, maybe you do -- but not just because you passed by a Chicago Sun-Times box today, and thought that the front page text was backwards. -- an attempt to draw attention to a campaign to stop gun violence against children. "," the paper reasoned.

Black Bird

The honored Chicago by giving an award to . What's so notable about it? He's flipping someone the bird. What's also notable about it? It would have been so much better had the photographer bumped up the ISO rather than using a flash.

Game Over for GTA in Chicago

Thanks in no small part to the recent in the city, the is for the Grand Theft Auto IV video game from buses and CTA facilities.

An Especially Violent Weekend

The first real spring weekend of the year saw gun violence . Police are investigating at least . Head cop the weather, gangs, and easy access to assault weapons.

Another Bicyclist Death

11选5图标下载In another tragic car-bicycle accident, early Sunday morning.


Hey, did you just feel that? There are from this morning's 5.2 earthquake coming in from around the area. The latest was a 4.5 magnitude quake that occurred around 10:15am. (Thanks, Dan!)

Earthquake? You're Kidding Me.

Alright, raise your hand if you believe that . .

Postal Stamps More Expensive. Tramp Stamps Still Cheap.

11选5图标下载On May 12, - again. Sun-Times critic Kevin Nance sounds off on .

Rent Relief ... in as Long as 10 Years

11选5图标下载Given the overwhelming shortage of in Chicago, the 's plan to .

What's the Italian Word for Irony?

As Pope Benedict arrived in the US to a fanfare of presidential welcomes, he should have consulted with a PR agent before his press conference earlier today, where he decried the abuse of children by priests, saying he was "" by the incidents. Why? He was introduced by Chicago's own , who holds the titles of president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and one of (according to ) for his handling of priest abuse scandals in the city's archdiocese.

Not Even Close

According to the chief Peter Ueberroth (and he should know, right?), Chicago is "not anywhere near first" when it comes to the for the 2016 Olympics. Think about it: it's possible we're pulling up the rear with (whose name, ironically, means "windy city").

Bidding on Parts of the City

Dana Levenson, the who helped Mayor Daley auction off the Skyway and Midway Airport, is .

CTA Passengers, Unite!

Remember yesterday's blue line snafu? Check out via the NYTimes.

Bringing The Matrix Home

area natives and creators and are bringing their cutting-edge movie special effects post-production gizmos to a . If they reprise the Matrix series, will we finally see Neo at ?

Cougar Down in Roscoe Village!

11选5图标下载A earlier this evening. No word if it's the same cougar that was spotted in .

Dick's Creating Controversy in Marina City

11选5图标下载's plan to move into Marina City and add "garage-style" doors along the river is .

More Baggage for American Airlines

As if being forced to cancel weren't enough of a headache for , the company's pilots have planned a next Tuesday in nine cities (including Chicago) over the company's "poor performance and service".

Next Target, Roscoe Village

11选5图标下载Legendary Southern California-based food franchise has, um, persuaded the Bronzeville-based (note the extra "s") to change their name after a

Prepare for the Invasion

11选5图标下载When presented with 236 depictions of natural scenes and the like, our neighbors to the west would like us to think the following: "What the heck is this place, Wisconsin? Minnesota? Heaven?"

Pair of Pulitzers

The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes were announced today. The staff of the Chicago Tribune shared the award in the Investigative Reporting category with the New York Times, for its “” series on failed regulation of toy manufacturing. Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts took the Drama category for his original play, . The AP has the full list of winners.

Daleytown? Us?

Seattle columnist David Brewster gives Washingtonians a .

Charlton Heston Dead

11选5图标下载Actor Charlton Heston, an and New Trier and Northwestern alum, at age 84 from unspecified causes.

Laying Down the Law

Colorful, controversial and highly successful lawyer and judge R. Eugene Pincham is by friends and foes alike.

But Does He Windsurf?

"The idea wasn't to have him bowl, the idea was to have him go to a bowling alley," Obama campaign chief David Axelrod regarding the senator's in Pennsylvania (he scored an 80). Apparently Obama dominates the boards, so expect to see his athletic coordination on display soon (which is important for us to know when picking a president).

Banks Statue Gets an '

Punctuation crisis over.

"We're so 1337 that other companies wish they were us."

11选5图标下载The Trib earned .

Is There a Copy Editor in the Ballpark?

Seems there's a little punctuation missing from the brand-new Ernie Banks statue at Wrigley Field.

Go Ahead, Spread Out

The CTA permanently added two cars to all brown line trains yesterday, though . Sounds like you might score a seat if you head for the ends of the platform.

Major Media Mix-Up

11选5图标下载Just under 10% of 's staff has been cut, .

Cougar Sighting?

No, not kind of cougar. .

More Blue Mondays

Starting Tuesday, the city will be swapping its look-alike orange street cleaning signs .

Look, Ma, Still Growing!

The Chicago metropolitan area during the last half of 2006 and the first half of 2007. It doesn't sound like much, but it makes us the seventh fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country.

WGN Newscaster Wally Phillips Dies

Wally Phillips, who hosted shows on radio station WGN for 42 years, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 82 years old.

Arts Building Shutdown Causes Controversy

The Three Arts Club, once a residence for women artists, is now directing its funds toward grant-making instead, and the building itself may become a schmancy hotel -- leaving former residents miffed and outraged at the board's decision-making. Over at the Reader, you can read of those who loved this unique building and institution.

But I'm Already Eating Ramen

Chicagoans will probably spend an additional $260 on groceries this year, , thanks to rising prices industry-wide. Just more good news to start your week.

A Different Kind of Blood

Six members of Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War the today.

What Might Have Been

presents some in the current Chicago Journal issue. As always, you can check out the for more crushed dreams.

Funniest Weather Word Ever


Carbon Emissions Grant Awarded to the City

Unfortunately, , enough to reduce the emissions of 13 garbage trucks, among who-knows-how-many diesel trucks in the city's fleet. Well, every little bit helps!

The Sun-Times Video Contest Winner Is...

.... The 22-year-old intern reimagined in a urging Sam Zell not to sell the of Wrigley Field.

Bought a Calder Print Lately?

11选5图标下载Two Northbrook men are among seven arrested in a bust of that sold thousands of counterfeit pieces to art buyers around the world.

Chubby Bunnies, Etc.

11选5图标下载Some of the animals are turning into fatties, so the keepers have decided to put them all on a Weight Watchers points-system type . What on earth happens at those ?

Homeless Vets

11选5图标下载When the troops finally do get sent home, ?

The Morning After

gets Chicagoans' reactions to instantly-legendary on race in America.

Bursting Fantastical Bubbles

The Field Museum's new exhibit proposes zoological origins of the world's storied beasties. Cyclops? Just a pygmy elephant.

Life After 'The Co-Op'

After the has died down, a former Market shopper gives a of its replacement:

Commodity Exchanges, A Timeline

11选5图标下载Starting with the establishment of the Chicago Board of Trade in 1848, .

A Boarding School Without a Madeline in Sight

11选5图标下载CPS is now considering .

CHA Coming To Terms?

It's not good enough for the mayor's office, but may be coming to the , which is reportedly looking at a plan to limit the amount of time residents can stay in public housing.

Living in (Green) Style

West Town residents and Art Institute faculty members Frances Whitehead and James Elniski for their elegantly styled, green tech-tacular pad. The couple's home features photovoltaic and thermal panels, geothermal desuperheaters, dual-flush toilets and other enviro-sound amenities.

It's Getting Cold; Prepare the Beet Juice!

11选5图标下载One anti-ice solution Chicago and surrounding communities are using this year is . Unfortunately, while it helps cut down on the amount of salt used, it has its own problems.

Syphilis Really is Back

It looks like those "" advertisements all over the city are right. The released a report in town yesterday that .

Bike Safety for Motorists: Now Required.

The City of Chicago's new now requires motorists to take bicycle safety seriously. Mayor Daley, , and the supported the move.

Foreclosure Lawsuits? 95. Years? 3.

11选5图标下载 can now claim the title of reigning . Way to go! (If you are a premium subscriber to Crain's, you can .)

Chicago as Beacon of Hope for ... South Africa?

11选5图标下载That's right, at least one commentator .

Buy Our Newspaper ... I Mean, What an Interesting Study!

Reuters helps newspapers boost sales with a story about . Oh-so-surprisingly, flu contagion reduction strategies would not be "like a snow day."

Mrs. Client-10 is Gonna Be *Pissed*

We all know who is, but who is Chicago's own ?

Rezko and Obama: the Basics

The AP's written up .

Public Access T.V. Goes Postal

Chicago postal inspectors have called "Don't Fall For It" -- urging viewers to beware of fake-check scams. Maybe this is one show you need to watch a few times in order to get truly hooked.

An Open Letter to the Chicago Tribune

Thank you for considering my impressionable mind when editing your fine paper, but you've gone too far. My first glimpse of over-editing was when you changed Shia LaBeouf's "asshole" to the goofy "." I was then a little offended when you switched (what I assume was) Buddy Guy's "nowhere" with "." And then you edited Sarah Silverman's "f*cking" to "." As with my asterisk, if you must edit, could you please stick with the intended meaning?

A Break for Bikers

11选5图标下载City Council is now considering . Apparently some aldermen also wanted equal treatment for "rude" bike riders. I'm not really sure how an irate biker and a carelessly life-crushing driver could be considered equally fine-able. But maybe that's just me.

Sit, Uno, Sit. Good Dog.

11选5图标下载Uno, the first beagle to , was . That's right, yesterday was "Uno the Beagle Day."

Where We're Going We Don't Need... Landing Strips

Running late for his son's tennis game, a Lake Villa father did what any of us would do - . Police speculate that a trespassing charge is in the works, though what's a guy to do when the club's tower doesn't respond to a request for clearance?

Watch Those Red Lights

The city is . They've only announced six locations, but two are likely regular intersections for driving GB readers: Belmont and Lake Shore Drive along with Belmont and Halsted.

Once You Go, Black, You Never Go Back

, the former owner of the , . Apparently, he spent all weekend at his mansion in Florida. He'll serve six years for fraud.

Hole II: The Revenge

Although lacking the massive proportions of January's , it still displayed plenty of attitude by swallowing a minivan this morning.

We're #1 in Sales Tax!

11选5图标下载and the Cook County Board late Friday night that comes with a 1% tax increase, which means that city sales tax will increase to a whopping 10.25% in November, the highest of any major US city.

Governor Ryan Trades Packers Pennant for Colts

11选5图标下载Due to a change in the medical care provided at his Oxford, Wisconsin prison camp, to a similar facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ryan asked to serve out his term at the Wisconsin camp, and was not made aware of the impending change upon his arrival.

Embarrassed and Cursing Up a Storm

It probably comes as no surprise that Shia LaBeouf for his Walgreen's escapade11选5图标下载. More surprising (and funnier) is the in place of LaBeouf's more colorful language.

NIU's Cole Hall to be Demolished

11选5图标下载Like so many other , NIU .

Highway Fashion Robbery

at the Hilton Chicago today.

Ah, Crap.

Taxing Second Graders

A 7-year-old Carpentersville kid got a notice from the IRS . Turned out, you guessed it, he was the victim of identity theft.

So Long to Sunstein, Sort of

University of Chicago Law School Professor -- reportedly the most cited law professor in the U.S. -- is , his alma mater, but will maintain an office at U of C. His colleague, legal scholar and longtime partner, , has also received an offer from Harvard but is staying put.

Why Kids Can't Breathe

A Northwestern U. study of 49,000 Chicago school children shows that

Laski Unplugged

11选5图标下载James Laski, the former city clerk who was sent to prison for his involvement in the , spent his time in the clink writing his memoirs; an was printed in the Sun-Times. Laski, who pocketed nearly $50,000 and spent almost two years in jail for his crime, wistfully writes "I told myself the money wasn't for me, but for my family, my loved ones." That's beautiful, man.

Hey, That's Our Money Too

Two Indian princesses who live in Chicago . This, of course, raises the question: How many princesses live in Chicago? UPDATE: GB reader Dubi clarifies...

"The telegraphindia.com ... story includes a numbering system not used in the west. 'The government handed over Rs 217.3 crore to the eighth Nizam, Prince Mukkaram Jah.' Crore11选5图标下载 is an Indian word that means 10,000,000, so 217.3 crore Rupees is about $54.7 million." Thanks, Dubi!

Tracking Steve Kazmierczak

, the NIU gunman. UPDATE: Jessica Baty, Kazmierczak's girlfriend, was .

Mr. Bike, Meet Mr. Radio

11选5图标下载Chicagoan Dave Glowacz is best known as , but he's breaking new ground as . Of particular note are his and interviews with the 's Ben Joravsky, in which he asks for "" about "."

NIU Shooting

A sad note on Valentine's Day; at least one person is hurt in a . As of 3:52pm the campus is . Update: Seems like the danger is over but there are several injuries. Further update11选5图标下载: six people, including the gunman, have . What's happening to this world?

Rushing into a Burning Building

11选5图标下载 of a police officer running into a burning building, searching through an outdoor hallway with his flashlight as flames shot out of windows, and running out of the building with a little girl that he saved. This is a guy who went to work last night, was presented with a problem, and solved it. Thank you, Detective McVicker, and the rest of you. You are appreciated.

Dig This

11选5图标下载Paleontologists at the University of Chicago have two . Both were the size of elephants; one "would have been slicing and ripping off limbs," the other had small teeth better suited for "gnawing dead animals."

Reality TV

11选5图标下载Any locals who watch The Wire might have cringed with me as the program's "Baltimore Sun" newspaper because of cuts imposed by their parent company, referred to only as "Chicago." Well art and life do their dance as the owner, the Tribune Company, .

UN Chief Visits Chicago, Goes to School

On Friday, . His trip included meetings with Mayor Daley, the Chicago Tribune, and students at (where he discussed global warming).

Hole Lot of Trouble

11选5图标下载As the plethora of rim-busting, tire-flattening grows around the city (and we wait for them to be repaired), you can optimistically report the ones you come across by alerting the Department of Transportation at the . There's one form for and another for .

A Night in Trump Tower

's hotel is nearly complete. The Trib's , and wrote .

A Delicious Accident

. Unfortunately, no chocolate was spilled, and chocolate did not flow like a river into the city.

A Sticky Wicket for Obama

11选5图标下载The Obama/Rezko flap makes it all the way to the UK where reports on "the Chicago street where a dangerous secret from Barack Obama's past lurks." Sounds like a Sherlock Holmes case.

Winging It

Chicagoan Patrick Bertoletti scarfed down 227 chicken wings to come in second place at Philadelphia's annual , held Feb. 1. Bertoletti had some stiff competition in Joey Chestnut of San Jose, Cal. -- the top wing-eater (241!) who last year won the world's hot dog eating championship in Coney Island, N.Y.

Association Mismanagement

It's : The company hired to manage your association makes off with all your money. (Thanks, Sarah.)

Don't Tase Me, Porky

The CBC reports on a conducted at the trauma center. The unwitting subjects of the Taser tests? Eleven pigs, two of which died from cardiac arrest after being jolted for 40 seconds, a brief pause, then another 40 seconds.

The Artful Codger's Local Connection

11选5图标下载George Greenhalgh, an 84-year-old pensioner from Manchester, U.K., received a two-year suspended jail sentence on Jan. 29 for selling forged works -- produced by his son, no less -- to museums around the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Greenhalgh's piece to the Art Institute was a fake Gauguin, the reports. Due to his old age and poor health, Greenhalgh won't go to jail, but will instead be free to stay at home and listen to his old Oasis and Fall records.

10 Tips for Chicago Tourists

Hey, here's : "3. Get out into the neighborhoods. 4. Beware Navy Pier."

Logan Square Bar Busted for Harboring Smokers

11选5图标下载Helen's Two Way Lounge is the . City inspectors issued Helen's a written violation after witnessing illicit indoor smoking, but due to a technicality no ticket was issued.

Rezko in the Clink

11选5图标下载Controversial Obama fundraiser (and onetime recipient with Bill and Hillary) after his $2 million bail was revoked. Rezko is facing a 24-count indictment for pressuring businesses to make campaign contributions and payoffs. For the record, Obama (or the Billary pic) is not connected to Rezko's legal troubles.

Sanctuary, Again

Flor Crisostomo, a Latin American immigrant arrested in 2006 on immigration charges, , the same church .

Friend of Dead News Anchor Charged with Murder

Scott Hirschey, the driver of the snowmobile that killed WBBM anchor Randy Salerno Thursday night, has been with one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, as alcohol and speed were factors in the accident.

Trend Piece Watch

Now to Chicago to take advantage of -- you guessed it -- our chilly and cheap tourist attractions. Recently, and the published similar articles, making "Chicago -- a great winter travel destination" a bona fide trend piece. Coming up next: The Boston Globe on "Chicago: Cold, But Cool."

But the Staff Seems So Nice in the Commercials

11选5图标下载A hearing-impaired Bolingbrook woman is after a manager at a local Steak and Shake The irritated manager then threatened to call police despite the woman's explanations of why she needed to order at the drive-up window, saying "If you had just let me know at the speaker that you needed accommodations then I could take your order through the window."

Coming Back to Face Trial

11选5图标下载Citing a "change in the climate" regarding the death penalty in the US, a man held in Toronto for the attempted murder of a Chicago cop in 1969 has . (Meanwhile, no new news about .)

Gold for Lead

11选5图标下载Oak Brook-based -- whose comma-deficient motto, "compelling passionate parenting and play for all ages," makes us long for the days of static, indifferent parenting and play -- to thousands of families nationwide who had purchased lead-tainted toys produced by the company. Last year, the families filed a class action suit against RC2 in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The court will decide whether to approve the settlement at a May 6 hearing.

Neighborhood Newspaper Shuffle

Sun-Times Media Group announced plans this week to shutter three of its neighborhood newspapers at the end of the month. Now it looks like Oak Park-based Wednesday Journal is swooping in to save the Skyline, Lakeview Booster, and News-Star11选5图标下载 from imminent death.

What Would You Do to Date Drew?

11选5图标下载Proving that he has possibly the biggest pair around, Drew Peterson (along with his lawyer) has proposed holding a with longtime Chicago radio personality . Guess Peterson's not waiting until the ... ahem... divorce to missing wife becomes final to start dating again.

Rogue Sociology?

details his interactions with gang members in one building of the now-demolished in a . Read an of the book, listen to an with Venaktesh, check out reviews and .

Montrose Ave: Where the Water Flows Like Water

11选5图标下载You were annoyed at having to dig your car out of the snow this morning, but imagine after a 36-inch water main burst in the wee hours. UPDATE: Check out Ryan Pikkel's from the .

Dictator. Madman. Unruly child.

It looks like the AP decided it .

What to Do, What to Do

11选5图标下载The New York Times recently published a on how to spend a winter day in Chicago -- with cold feet.

Former Mayor Dies

Former Chicago Mayor Eugene Sawyer at age 73 after a series of strokes. Sawyer served from 1987 to 1989, following the death of Harold Washington, and dropped out of public life after being defeated by Richard Daley.

John Stroger Dies at 78

Former Cook County Commissioner John Stroger died today from complications suffered after his March 2006 stroke.

The Case of the Skokie Toe Licker

A woman filed suit Wednesday after she claimed her eye exam ended with a medical assistant paying unusual attention .

"Mozart of Chess" Bobby Fischer Dies

11选5图标下载 in Iceland at the age of 64. He was born in Chicago and achieved international fame by beating Boris Spassky in the highly publicized U.S. vs. Soviet Union World Chess Championship in 1972.

Treasure Island to Fill Co-op Spot

Ending the recent struggles over the Co-op lease, the U of C Treasure Island will fill the 's current home.

Find Your Way

The Wall Street Journal in town right now.

Watch the Newspapers Become New Media

The Trib will become the first major paper in the United States to . Of course, will pick up the slack.

An Olympic-sized Makeover

11选5图标下载While the city gets set to unveil a detailed plan of its Tuesday, it seems we're still fighting the old stereotype. Gee, he's only been dead for more than 60 years...

Metra Fares Will Still Increase

If you were hoping transit funding from Springfield would stave off Metra fare hikes, .

And Now the Tribune's Turn

Following last week's Sun-Times reformatting, today's .

Chicago Blood Banks Need Your Help

If you have a negative blood type and are able to donate blood, please consider doing so as soon as possible. , especially O-negative and B-negative types. You can schedule an appointment through , which runs blood banks and mobile units in the area.

Almost a "Feel Good" Story

A registered to vote yesterday; the downside is she probably won't vote because "she doesn't know who any of the candidates are."

Proposed Phone Tax

11选5图标下载The Cook County Board of Commissioners is proposing a $4/month, $48/year tax on all phones — land, cell, cable and otherwise. The tax would also increase with inflation — at five years, your total amount paid would be over $250 a phone. Read more at . Update: will discuss the likelihood of the tax's success along with other taxes proposed at the end of 2007 on Friday's show. Look for Episode 68 on the main page around noon or listen to at 6pm.

U + Chicago = Awesome

Congrats to Carlos Kenig of UChicago, in mathematics for "important contributions to...nonlinear dispersive partial differential equations." Where's my prize for typing that correctly?

A Less Than Ideal Choice

The American Dialect Society recently chose "subprime" as the word of 2007 at a recent meeting in Chicago, . Other cited words included tapafication -- defined by the BBC as "the tendency of restaurants to serve food in many small portions, like tapas" -- and "wrap rage," or "[the] anger brought on by the inability to open a factory-sealed package."


You may want to .

Human Capital Stats (or, 25 to 34 Counts as Young)

Crain's for us to enjoy: Chicago ranks first amongst US Cities in concentration of young people (25-34) who live within 3 miles of downtown, and is second (to NYC) in the number of young people who have college degrees.

The Prozac Milkshake, Please

Today's New York Times Style section on an increasingly popular article subject: The growing discontent among today's overworked lawyers and doctors, and employers' attempts to stop staffers from quitting. Partners at big law firm 's Chicago office, for example, have formed a "happiness committee" to offer snack items such as candy apples and milkshakes to their associates.

11选5图标下载But such measures seem like generic band-aids (which always fall off!) on a complex problem: According to the Times, firms lose nearly 20% of their associates in any given year, and the same percentage of lawyers will suffer depression at some point in their careers.

Too Much Free Time

Curious Chicagoan Branden Dixon, 27, earned himself two counts of felony disorderly conduct after making , the Chicago Tribune reports. "Police said Dixon made the calls on his cell phone because he wanted to watch officers respond to emergencies," the paper says. Dixon might be the only American man who does not watch enough reality television.

No Sun in These Times for 40

The announced plans today to . Meanwhile, the paper reports that the nation's jobless rate has to five percent. Um, Crappy New Year ...

What are You Getting From the Doctor?

According to a recent U of C study, . Only 12% were against the practice.

Need a Thesis Topic for Your PhD?

Here's a potential lead: According to 2008 Book of Lists11选5图标下载, Chicagoans of "mixed race" use their cell phones more than any other demographic group (putting in 1,469 minutes per month), followed by blacks (1,365), Asian/Pacific Islanders (1,171) and whites (638). Local Native Americans use their cell phones least, at 243 minutes (oh, and thank for the stats). Anyone have any theories? Well, come back with some research results for us in 2010 or thereabouts, m'kay?

Murder Rates Down

As expected11选5图标下载, with 442 murders recorded in 2007, . That's good...right?

New Year, Same Old CTA Funding Problems

"Attend more special sessions of the General Assembly" was apparently not on many Illinois lawmakers' 2008 resolutions lists. , and unless something happens soon transit riders will once again have to worry about major service cuts.

Someone Isn't Paying Attention at Work

I've been fighting making this post, but I must acquiesce. It seems the gold rally and the 's rising wheat, corn and other commodity prices .

Bush Headed to Chicago

President Bush is slated to appear in to celebrate the anniversary of his No Child Left Behind Act. Why Chicago? "Pizza?", suggested his press secretary.

TB Risk Includes Chicago

Been on a plane from India to Chicago recently? You might want to give the a call. A California woman infected with a drug-resistant strain of the virus before heading on to San Francisco. The CDC is seeking passengers who may have been exposed.

Time Bandit vs. Miss Piggy

Have you ever wanted to know how bank robbers get named?

No Wigs for You

Chicago-based retailer -- purveyors of Princess Gifts, Charmettes, Sparkle Spas and other beautacular things -- recently sponsored a contest in which the winner received tickets to a Hannah Montana concert in Albany, N.Y. and a blonde Montana wig. Now, Club L.L. might take the prizes away from the winner, who allegedly her way to victory by writing a fake essay about her dad dying in Iraq.

Peacing Out in '07

11选5图标下载The Associated Press that Chicago's homicide rate was the lowest in 2007 that it's been since 1965, with 435 murders recorded through Dec. 26. Good work, everybody!

A Public Housing Museum?

11选5图标下载 on the West Side are .

Local Pakistanis Mourn Bhutto

11选5图标下载"She was the only hope for democracy," said . Bhutto spoke at the University of Chicago in .

Salvia Divinorum Legal until the New Year

11选5图标下载As of January 1st, of the herb . Reportedly, the plant can cause hallucinations within seconds after it's smoked, licked or chewed. The penalties for possession or sales will be akin to those for heroin or LSD.

Charges Filed in TV Station Crash

Gerald Richardson, the driver of the minivan that struck the WLS studio, has been .

"Year of the Blog"

Chicago News-Star picks the top 10 local news stories of 2007. Number 10: the rise of the neighborhood blogs.

Photo No No

11选5图标下载Jean Johnson was in court dealing with a probation violation when she took four photos of R. Kelly on her phone's camera. What happened next?

Bring Your Own Bottle

Chicago's new bottled water tax goes into effect in January, so get ready for . I suppose that means you should also probably prepare for .

Get Those Chairs Off the Street

11选5图标下载The Department of Streets and Sanitation wishes that you wouldn't use your crappy furniture to claim a post-snowstorm parking spot, but if you insist on calling dibs they will be "tolerant of it." Hmm.

Tribute to Pigeon Man of Lincoln Square

Barbara Mahany, the author of the profile of Joseph Zeman that was found on him the day he was killed, wrote a .

The People in Your Neighborhood

11选5图标下载An contains both the best mug shot and most pointless crime in recent Chicago history. IMHO anyway.

R. Kelly's Bad Luck, Part 43

R. Kelly in Chicago today. Was he trapped in the closet? No: Heavy snowfalls in Utah -- where his tour bus was passing through -- plus trouble from the authorities hindered his traveling progress. He'll be back in town in time for his show at the United Center on Friday, Dec. 21.

All He Wanted For Christmas...

11选5图标下载A generous dentist in Geneva, Ill. has given Bears legend William "The Refrigerator" Perry . Seeing as how he's even bigger than he was in the , the fact that he somehow managed to scarf down food without them makes him all the more legendary.

Work for a Home

In a significant policy change, most adult CHA residents will be to remain eligible for housing. Further expansion of the plan may include users. I can't wait to see what has to say about the change.

Gas Crisis? What Gas Crisis?

11选5图标下载 predicts there will be an in holiday traveling this season, despite "unprecedented" gas prices.

Our Skies Being a Little Too Friendly

The FAA says it wasn't a near miss but for the third time in a little over a month to each other than regulation allows in Chicagoland airspace.

A Haven for Criminals!

In a warning to artists and other small businesses throughout the city, 30 tenants of the were . The licenses cost $225 for a two-year period.

Chicago's Very Own Grinch

11选5图标下载Hundreds of donated presents intended for needy children from a church on the South Side. Thanks to the Christmas Spirit, many presents have already been replaced. You can help, too: Mail or bring donations to the Sanctuary Family Worship Center, 711 W. 120th St.

Move Over, Virginia - O'Hare is for Lovers, Too

A new study sponsored by (a male grooming brand) finds that flight delays can lead to romantic connections. Thanks to its poor on-time percentage, O'Hare places a respectable 13th on the list of major US airports; Midway limps in at number 31. The best matchmaker? Philadelphia International Airport. Start rearranging your connecting airports, people.

Monday Won't be as Bad as We Thought

In the next step in the highly choreographed Doomsday Dance, CTA workers Sunday and Monday at the request of religious leaders.

Closing In?

11选5图标下载Add Chris Kelly and Abdelhamid Chaib to the list of Gov. Blagojevich associates who have been

Shedd Aquarium Artists in Residence

, your 15 minutes of fame are up.

LeBeouf in the Clear

Walgreens has against actor Shia LeBeouf stemming from a 2:30 a.m. Nov. 4 incident at their Michigan Ave. store.

In Your Face, "Quixotic"!

11选5图标下载Congratulations "w00t"! Your blending of "whimsy and new technology" has earned you the title of .

Adoption Countdown

11选5图标下载A Chicago couple are among the thousands of U.S. families hoping to complete their before the end of the year, when new laws that would clamp down on the "exodus" are slated to take effect.

Judge Cuts Black Some Slack

Ex-Sun-Times boss Conrad Black from the judge and will serve 6 1/2 years in prison for fraud, rather than the maximum 24 to 30 years.

Ho, Ho, Ho

11选5图标下载In a case of automatic content filtering gone mad, the Trib's comment approval system in a piece highlighting the controversy over Santa's trademark phrase.

Man Arrested in Franklin Murder

Reginald Potts Jr., a former boyfriend of pharmaceutical sales rep Nailah Franklin, has been with her September murder. Potts had been a suspect from the beginning, as Franklin had filed a police report about receiving threats from him one week before her murder.

Grammy Nominators Like Kanye and Common

A big day for Chicagoans Kanye West and Common:

Shovels at the Ready

Hope you like snow, 'cuz there's .

Barack Obama's Elementary School Ambitions

Presidential hopefuls beware: what you did as a 5-year-old may come back to haunt you. They also tracked down a second essay with a similar title that Obama wrote in third grade. No word yet on how many times he was sent to the corner for not playing well with others.

Don't Eat the Ice

11选5图标下载A revealed that the ice cubes at some Chicago area fast food and casual dining establishments were holding a dirty little secret: high levels of coliform bacteria. Several of the restaurants identified in the study as the worst offenders have responded .

So Which is Positive?

The Field Museum is now using color-changing badges which they describe as "."

Where's the Kiss and Fly?

You'll feel the biggest hurt parking in the international lot at O'Hare, where the daily rate leaps from $30 to $50 per day. , unless you roll big and valet, which will run you $45 (as opposed to $32). All this plus proposed city and county tax hikes? 'Tis the season!

Talking About the New Kid on the Block

Our guy on the inside of the CPD, , has an going with the many anonymous posters (all of whom are obviously his coworkers) on his site about the appointment of Jody Weis as the new Chicago Police superintendent.

Are You Sure You Want The Drugs Sent to Your Office?

Henry Hyde is Dead

Former Representative Henry Hyde, the suburban Republican who steered the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton and championed government restrictions on the funding of abortions, . Politics aside, he did pretty good for himself -- he lived until he was old, and last month the President of the United States gave him a medal.

Name Shedd's Baby Whale

and NBC5 are running another one of those "name the new baby animal" contests right now; this time, it's a You can from a list of 10 finalist names, and then on December 10 the public will choose from among the top 5 vote-getters, with the winning name to be revealed on December 21. Note to the Shedd: appears to be a popular whale name this year.

Genghis Blues

11选5图标下载Highland Parker . He's convinced that he's close and is looking to go back as soon as he can raise another $250,000 and collect some sophisticated metal-detecting equipment.

Recruiting the Next Generation

11选5图标下载Chicago's reports on a about how to speak the language of the Millennial generation.

Bluegill Debacle = Pinkie Sacrifice

The emperor of Japan recently which have killed native species; from Mayor Richard J. Daley 50 years ago. John Kass thinks the current .

Considering a New Career Path?

A mere 12 days after the of two planes near Chicago, announced Tuesday in timely fashion that it will be the first Illinois school to What a great job: "marked by high stress levels, bad