Chicago

On-duty Illinois State trooper killed in downstate crash

An Illinois State trooper was killed in a crash on Interstate 74 while on patrol Wednesday about 25 miles northwest of Champaign, authorities said.<p>Trooper Ryan Albin died five and a half hours after he was injured in the crash, said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz.<p>The crash happened …

Policing

What to Do in Chicago This July: SummerDance & Craft Beer Festival

It’s a festival-heavy month in Chicago, celebrating everything from hot-air balloons to ribs to books. The best deal in town is Taste of Chicago, …

Beer Festivals

Chicago mayor proposes city ordinance to boost pension funding

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed an ordinance that would lock in higher city payments to two pension funds after state legislation to do so became mired in Illinois' political stalemate.<p>The ordinance would put payments for the city's municipal and laborers' …

Rahm Emanuel

Will Tiger Woods golf course displace South Shore Nature Sanctuary?

South Shore residents and park advocates are concerned that a nature area along Chicago's South Side lakefront could be partially displaced to make room for the new Tiger Woods golf course.<p>The 4.27-acre South Shore Nature Sanctuary, created in 2002, is a respite from bustling city living. Located …

Golf

A pre-renovation glimpse inside Chicago’s abandoned Consumer & Century buildings

The vintage high-rises at 220 S. State Street and 202 S. State Street will see new life as 429 apartments<p>A pair of empty Loop office buildings that have long been in the hands of the federal government’s General Services Administration (GSA) are poised for a major renovation. Located at 220 S. …

Architecture

Memo to GOP: It’s too late for full-scale ObamaCare repeal

Right now the Republican program to repeal and replace ObamaCare looks as though it will be effectively thwarted by dissent with the party’s own …

University of Chicago

Calm Down, Internet! Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Isn’t Giving President Trump the Middle Finger in This Photo

The Twitterverse is buzzing about a photo of the Chicago Cubs’ White House meet-and-greet with President Donald Trump on Wednesday in which …

Donald Trump

This Pic Of Ted Cruz And Tom Ricketts Is Freaking Everyone The Heck Out

Separated at birth?<p>Does Sen. Ted Cruz have a secret twin?<p>The Texas Republican shared an image of himself and Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, but something stood out to viewers more than the team’s first World Series trophy in 108 years.<p>It was how similar the two men look:<p>Here’s some of the …

Republicans

CTU President Lewis criticizes district's 'usurious' borrowing deal

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said Wednesday that school district officials are "borrowing money at usurious rates" instead of directing scarce resources toward classrooms, criticisms that come as another education budget cycle draws to a close and school communities again look ahead …

Chicago Public Schools

Rejected by Chicago, George Lucas museum gets OK from Los Angeles city council

The filmmaker claims he and spouse Mellody Hobson were “heartbroken” after Chicagoans “said no”<p>After striking out in Chicago, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is officially headed to Exposition Park in Los Angeles. The privately-funded project had Chicagoans fiercely divided when it broke cover in …

Los Angeles

Steve Carell remembers ‘eating my way through’ Taste of Chicago

LOS ANGELES — It’s been more than 20 years since Second City alum <b>Steve Carell</b> left Chicago, but this time of year still takes him back to the sights, …

Steve Carell

Navy Pier will host new works by Jeanne Gang and Nick Cave this fall

Public art is popping up everywhere in Chicago this summer, thanks in part to the city's Year of Public Art initiative. This fall, we can expect even …

Woodlawn Shooting Kills Man, 28, Standing Outside

The shooting happened in the 6500 block of South University Avenue.

University of Chicago

Shake Shack burgers coming to Willis Tower

Shake Shack plans to open a restaurant in Willis Tower in 2019, in retail space the 110-story skyscraper's owner is adding to the base of the building.<p>The burger chain is the first restaurant announced for the new space by property owner Blackstone Group, which is extending the lower floors of the …

Shake Shack

America's Latest Drug Epidemic Is Weirdly Nonviolent

The 70s heroin wave and 80s crack crisis each saw major gun violence, including huge numbers of murders. Not so much with the current opioid epidemic.<p>During the prime crack years of the 1980s and early 90s, crime, and especially media coverage of crime, was almost inescapable in America. After all, …

University of Chicago

Wednesday morning 'soft lockdown' lifted after nearly 2 hours at OPRF High School

Oak Park and River Forest High School was placed on a "soft lockdown" for nearly two hours Wednesday morning as officials investigated threatening messages received by some administrators.<p>According to OPRF spokeswoman Karin Sullivan, the school was placed on a soft lockdown at approximately 9:45 …

Chicago Cubs: Is there a problem behind the plate? - RealSport

• 0shares<p>Strange things happened on June 27, 2017 in the MLB. Two teams who scored a combined 24 runs the night before, played a 2-1 contest that was …

Baseball

Brooke Henderson welcomes Windy City conditions for her Women’s PGA Championship defence

<b>By Chris Stevenson</b><p>OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. — As Brooke Henderson finished off her last nine holes of preparation for the defence of her KPMG Women’s PGA …

Golf

Running on empty: How Detroit's bankruptcy judges see Illinois

The federal judges who pulled Detroit from the bowels of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history learned some lessons that they believe …

Bruce Rauner

Rauner, Madigan talk 'compromise' while doing little of it

During a special session that's costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day without any results, both Democrats and Republicans are talking up the idea of compromise without publicly doing much to reach one.<p>Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has blanketed his social media accounts with calls for …

Bruce Rauner

Family of baby dropped off at Roseland Hospital located

Chicago police said the family an infant that was dropped off at a hospital on Chicago's South Side has been located.<p>Police said the 9-month-old was …

Babies

Enterprise CarShare is officially pulling out of most Chicago locations

Enterprise CarShare is ending its regular service in Chicago — and five other cities. But if you’re a college student or professor, you might still be in luck.<p>The company that bought Chicago’s first car-sharing operation told members Wednesday it is officially closing its “retail” business in …

Uber

Morning Spin: Democrats governor candidates campaign as Rauner threatens more special sessions

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>As Gov. Bruce Rauner tries to keep the pressure on Democrats by threatening more special session days in Springfield, his …

Bruce Rauner

Claypool accuses Rauner of reverse Robin Hood, NTA accuses him of same

Two days before a massive payment is due for teacher pensions, Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool again likened Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner …

Bruce Rauner

Ultra Foods closing in Calumet Park leaves void

The only traditional grocery store in south suburban Calumet Park is closed, half the shopping center sits vacant and prospects for any quick solutions appear bleak.<p>A handwritten sign on the door of the recently shuttered Ultra Foods directs would-be shoppers to Strack & Van Til stores in Indiana, …

Driver reports his BMW hit by bullets in Hinsdale

Hinsdale police are investigating a report that someone fired gun shots following a road rage incident Saturday night near 55th Street and Route 83.<p>An 18-year-old from Riverside reported Monday that he was involved in a road rage incident about 10 p.m. the previous Saturday with the driver of a …

Crime

The Obama Presidential Center: A deal made the Chicago Way

Thanks to the Tribune's Blair Kamin, serious questions are thankfully being raised about the wisdom of all the changes planned for converting Jackson Park to the Obama Presidential Center.<p>The public hearings touting the plan are billed as welcoming public input before breaking ground, yet input …

Disco Demolition is now a museum show

Almost four decades ago, a struggling major league baseball team, a young deejay and a musical genre collided to create a small burst of anarchy in center field at Comiskey Park.<p>Originally billed as "Teen Night," the events of July 12, 1979, have entered Chicago lore as Disco Demolition, and they …

Chicago White Sox

13 Best Things to Do in Chicago

There’s no place quite like Chicago -- and it’s not just because it gives new meaning to the word cold. While it has big city offerings, it feels …

Music Festivals

4 killed, at least 6 hurt in Wednesday shootings

Four people, including a 17-year-old boy, were killed and at least six other people, including a 14-year-old girl, were wounded in separate attacks during 13 hours Wednesday.<p>In the most recent fatal attack, two women, ages 41 and 32, were shot dead about 10:30 p.m. while they driving through the …

Policing