Maureen Atwell was part of the John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation for 39 years, playing a key role in connecting the foundation with the fellows chosen for what are sometimes unofficially called
During the latest televised debate of the Chicago mayoral race Thursday night, Lori Lightfoot defended her criminal justicerecord against criticism from Chance the Rapper, who suggested she had not protected
Last weekend, a caseworker visited Brittany Hyc to make sure her two small boys were doing all right in a home where there had been repeated allegations of abuse and neglect. The worker, on contract with
Air testing after Sterigenics was shut down shows 'rapid drop' in cancer-causing gas in Willowbrook, EPA official says
After collecting air samples for three months, federal inspectors had planned to wrap up their study of cancer-causing ethylene oxide in west suburban neighborhoods near Sterigenics. But when Gov. J.B.
One of two Chicago brothers at the center of the high-profile alleged hate crime hoax involving “Empire” star Jussie Smollett is competing in an annual boxing tournament in suburban Chicago. Abimbola Osundairo
Majority of Illinois House members sign on as co-sponsors of resolution to slow process of legalizing marijuana
A majority of the Illinois House of Representatives has indicated its support of a resolution to slow down legalization of recreational marijuana in the state. Sixty of the 118 members of the House have
South Side Ald. Willie Cochran on Thursday became the latest in a long line of City Council members to bear an ignominious but all-too-familiar title: Convicted felon. Despite some obvious reservations,
A McHenry man sat without emotion as he was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man during an armed robbery at the victim’s home in 2017. Adam Morris, 46, also
Some Illinois lawmakers want to let you bet on the NCAA Tournament by next year. Where you'd place bets is up for debate.
Illinois House Democrats are laying out four potential paths for legalizing sports betting in the state, with options ranging from creating a limited number of licenses for existing casinos and horse to
The early battle over whether the state and its voters should adopt a graduated-rate income tax system advanced another level Thursday with a TV ad from proponents and a new digital ad from opponents each
An exasperated federal judge has postponed sentencing in the long-running terrorism case against a suburban man after his lawyers accused prosecutors of improperly withholding evidence they claim would
The Spin: Obamas not 'planning' mayor endorsement | Ald. Cochran guilty | Madigan less popular than Trump
Endorsements continue to fly in the Chicago mayor’s race, but don’t expect former President Barack Obama or former first lady Michelle Obama to weigh in, one of his aides tells me. Chance the Rapper, backed
Chicago police have surrounded a home in the South Chicago neighborhood after someone with a gun fired shots at officers and fled inside. No injuries were reported, but SWAT officers were standing watch
In the heat of last fall’s midterm elections, former President Barack Obama parachuted into Chicago and stumped for a slate of Democrats, including J.B. Pritzker, who ultimately unseated Republican Gov.
Chance the Rapper: ‘I don’t have any more money for Chicago politics,’ as he backs Toni Preckwinkle for mayor
Chance the Rapper, the hip-hop superstar and philanthropist, endorsed Toni Preckwinkle’s mayoral campaign Thursday, offering the Cook County Board president some star power and a renewed shot at recruiting
Proposal would make state medical pot program permanent, add osteoarthritis, chronic pain, autism, migraines, other conditions
Medical marijuana in Illinois would become legal permanently under a proposed new state law, and the list of qualifying conditions would expand greatly to include common conditions such as osteoarthritis,
Mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle has blasted opponent Lori Lightfoot for running as a progressive despite becoming a “wealthy corporate lawyer” at a firm that represents a list of less-than-progressive
Ex-police chief in DeKalb County town of Hinckley accused of illegally recording conversation with village president
A former police chief in the DeKalb County town of Hinckley has been charged with eavesdropping and official misconduct for allegedly recording a conversation with her boss — the village president — without
An Illinois State Police trooper was seriously injured when he was hit by a semi downstate late Wednesday, bringing to 14 the number of troopers hit by vehicles this year, eclipsing the total for all last
Climate change has already started disrupting life in the Great Lakes region — and it's only going to get worse
As the Rock River began to rise near the riverfront village of Machesney Park, homeowner Jack Dillon assembled a crew of contractors, friends and family to shore up his two-story house. The team fortified
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Colorado for years. What can Illinois learn before its residents start firing up?
“Lasers are on,” the tour guide announces. “You can blaze.” As beams of light shoot across the inside of the minibus, passengers take their cue to pull out marijuana joints and pipes and light up. A haze
A former Schaumburg police officer who pleaded guilty to involvement in a drug ring but is seeking to have his conviction vacated has alleged that authorities lied to a grand jury to obtain a search warrant.
I’ve just taken a good, long hit on the Kasshish pipe, and now my eyes are finally open to the wisdom of Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Kasshish makes you see reality, but it also gives you the
Two suspects involved last month in an Interstate 57 shooting in the south suburbs have been arrested, Illinois State Police said Wednesday. In a news release, state police said Christian Plummer, 23,
In some ways, the state of Chicago’s race for mayor boiled down to a single moment in a televised debate Wednesday night when Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former federal prosecutor
Those anti-gay political flyers about Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot underestimates black voters.
It is no secret that a lot of African-American church folks believe that homosexuality is a sin. They can pull out their Bible and immediately show you the passage where God said so himself. So it would
A Chicago adventurer seeks to raise $1 million for Lurie Children's Hospital through a dangerous and rarely achieved exploring
Chicago adventurer Alexander Pancoe has traveled to some of the most desolate places on earth and scaled mountains with fearful body counts. But the most danger he has faced in his quest to achieve the
Gov. J.B. Pritzker gets mixed reviews in early poll, while Speaker Michael Madigan rates lower than Trump
Little more than two months after his inauguration, Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker is drawing mixed reviews from state residents, according to a statewide poll released Wednesday by the Paul Simon Public
New report reveals 'horrifying scale' of child sex abuse, naming nearly 400 accused Catholic clergy in Illinois
Attorneys who represent victims of sexual abuse by priests have released what they say is the most comprehensive list yet of Catholic clergy with ties to Illinois who have been accused of misconduct against