| Dec 5, 2013
| 4:34 PM
To understand what Nelson Mandela meant to Chicago, look back to the summer of 1981, when his anti-apartheid movement was just beginning to blossom here.
Word had spread quickly that the South African government planned to defy an international sports...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 7:07 PM
What started as thick mud clogging the Fox River waterways is now freshly granulated soil that will soon cover the grounds of a Chicago park in a neighborhood desperate for green space.
As part of the state's Mud to Parks Program, 500 semitrucks carrying...
| Dec 1, 2013
Most married couples have years or decades to test the "in sickness and in health" part of their wedding vows. Chicagoans Keith and Krystal McMiller had three months.
At age 31 and with no family history of the disease, Krystal was diagnosed with breast...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Already recognized as a leader in disability services for students, the University of Illinois has plans to tackle a new concern — helping the most severely injured war veterans who want to continue their education.
The Urbana-Champaign campus...
| Dec 1, 2013
Amy Cramer, who finished law school in 2011, was one of the fortunate ones, if you define fortunate as finding a temporary job as an employee benefits consultant for $18 an hour soon after graduation.
More than 14 percent of her classmates at The John...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Lake County group announces grant
The Lake County Housing Authority recently announced in a news release that it received a grant for $116,090 that it plans to use to reduce energy costs. The grant, from the Illinois Public Housing Authority Energy...
| Nov 24, 2013
After working for nearly three decades as a high-powered attorney specializing in corporate law, Jim Blanco shifted his focus in retirement to volunteering for causes ranging from disaster relief to fixing up public schools and parks to feeding the...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 11:23 AM
Emonie "Star" Beasley-Brown lived just three weeks before she was suffocated. Her grandmother was accused of placing her hands over the infant's mouth to hush her crying as the 14-year-old mother stood by.
Clayton Condiff, four months old, died after...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:20 AM
WASHINGTON While the federal government decides how to regulate electronic cigarettes, many university officials across the country are moving ahead with their own rules about e-cigs on campus.
Several universities have already prohibited e-cigs or are...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:01 PM
In a room with concrete block walls from which he can barely see the sky, Drake Deming explores the heavens.
Several days a week he can be found in his office at the University of Maryland, College Park, surrounded by three computer screens, analyzing...
| Nov 24, 2013
It started as a shipboard meeting between two people just doing their jobs.
It grew into a wonderful marriage and, beyond that, a wonderful partnership.
Tony and Helga Noice each have their own careers. He is a cognitive researcher, actor and director...