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Calling someone a "perfect homicide victim" sounds terribly callous. But it explains the political/media liturgy that we all know so well. By a perfect victim, I mean one who is innocent, photogenic and never arrested, with a bright future. The...
Tags: Hadiya Pendleton, Michelle Obama, Murder, South Chicago, Peanuts
Baron Banks wasn't in Washington to witness President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday. "No," he told me. "Nobody gave me a call." So he wasn't in the first lady's box as the president somberly acknowledged the families that lost...
The city of Chicago last week bought the 2.7-mile-long elevated Canadian Pacific Railway spur known as the Bloomingdale Trail. The sales price was $1, not including administrative fees. By the time the spur's makeover into a bike and running path is...
WASHINGTON -- South Dakota bison will be on the menu when congressional leaders entertain President Barack Obama and his family at a post-inaugural luncheon on Jan. 21. They will be served a farm-to-table menu celebrating the inaugural theme, "Faith in...
One year ago, I didn't predict that a book about predictions, "The Signal and the Noise," would be one of the top-selling nonfiction titles of 2012 or that its author, former Chicagoan Nate Silver, would become a cultural icon whose name is synonymous...
Change of SubjectMake your predictions for 2013 by filling out the Change of Subject online survey A year ago, I didn’t predict that a book about predictions, “The Signal and the Noise,” would be one of the top selling non-fiction titles of......
Tribune reporterAmy Rule sat among a roomful of high school seniors, participating in a lesson on personal finances. Students passed around a coin while reciting some common money sayings and myths. Chicago’s first lady offered, “Money grows on trees,&...
As Cook County officials scramble to find ways to raise money — taxing guns, gambling machines and cigarettes — they have been unable to bring burdensome overtime costs under control. County officials for years have promised to rein in...
A reputed member of the anarchist “Black Bloc” pleaded guilty today to threatening to blow up a train overpass during the NATO summit and was sentenced to 4 years in prison by a Cook County judge. Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, was arrested in...
Whoever wins the campaign for president a week from Tuesday, this election night is not likely to resemble 2008 on the streets of Chicago. Four years ago, Chicago police blanketed the streets of downtown as streams of jubilant Barack Obama supporters...
Over the past almost forty years, fewer than 200 Chicago Police Officers have been mounties… special forces who protect the city from the back of a horse. The mounted police unit is a tight knit group. They’re good will ambassadors, and...
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