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Chicago' Homan Square: Torture by Any Other Name...

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 03.17.2015 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Guardian investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman has sparked a firestorm with a series of reports exposing a "secret" site, in the heart of Chicago's predominantly African-American west side, at which police have conducted off-the-books interrogations for more than 15 years.

President and Mrs. Obama -- Please Don't Approve the Taking of Public Parkland for the Obama Presidential Library

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.14.2015 | Chicago
Charles A. Birnbaum

President and Mrs. Obama, given this administration's exceptional legacy on the protection of open space, please don't make history by approving the confiscation of National Register designated public parkland for the Obama Presidential Library.

Legislators and Media React to Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State Address

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.07.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In his first State of the State Address, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner took aim at the forces he believes are responsible for the state's dysfunction: public-sector unions, trial lawyers, excessive regulation on business.

Chicago Sun-Times Makes HUGE Sale

AP | Posted 12.31.2014 | Media

CHICAGO (AP) — The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs ...

Chicago Sun-Times Endorses Rauner, But Not Without Controversy

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Are newspaper endorsements more trouble than they're worth?

Q&A with Lisa Barr About Her Award-Winning Debut Novel "Fugitive Colors"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 12.19.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

"Fugitive Colors" (Arcade Publishing), a novel by veteran journalist Lisa Barr, is a suspenseful tale of stolen art, love, lust, friendship, jealousy, and revenge set on the "eve" of World War II.

What Do the Shifting Poll Numbers Mean for Illinois' Gubernatorial Election? (VIDEO)

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new Reboot Illinois poll last week found Gov. Pat Quinn leading Bruce Rauner when respondents were asked for whom they'd vote if the election were today. But another poll found the numbers almost exactly reversed when the question was which candidate respondents believed to be more trustworthy.

Journalists Fight Demand For More Stories

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 08.15.2014 | Media

The Chicago Newspaper Guild is fighting a quota system that requires Pioneer Press reporters to write at least 2.5 stories each day, or risk losing th...

Is Bruce Rauner More of a Reformer Than Gov. Pat Quinn?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

From the day he first entered politics, Pat Quinn has made his name on being a reformer. Most famously, Quinn spearheaded a protest against legislativ...

Life Itself, the Film, the Book, and the Ebert I Knew

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Watching the film of his life, I was proud of the man on the screen and that second life he found. He was not quite the man I knew, but... I really did know, somehow, back then, that the man he would become was in there, getting ready for his "close up."

Elections Don't Matter

Elizabeth Evans | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Evans

We the People have given up on Congress. We the People have given up on the process. But, We the People believe in government that protects us, promotes our national interest, and reflects our national values.

George Clooney Engaged? Good Night, and Good Luck

Lonna Saunders | Posted 06.28.2014 | Chicago
Lonna Saunders

Be still my beating heart. Can it be true? George Clooney popped the question to a lawyer. But that lawyer wasn't me.

Newspaper Gets Rid Of Reader Comments

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Media

The Chicago Sun-Times has temporarily turned off reader commenting on its website's articles until it can figure out how to stop the "negativity," "ra...

Closure Not an Option in David Koschman Case

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 05.17.2014 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

Koschman, 5'5" and 125 pounds, got "mouthy" and a 6'3", 230 pound ex-football player punched him in the face. Koschman, knocked unconscious, fell backward to the ground, where the back of his head crashed against the pavement.

Chicago Sun-Times Rehires Four Photographers

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 03.04.2014 | Media

The Chicago Sun-Times will rehire four photographers after sweeping layoffs last May resulted in the newspaper's entire photography staff to be cut. ...

Nanci Koschman's Better Angels

Roger Wright | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Roger Wright

It took Nanci Koschman almost ten years. But she did it. She wasn't looking for vengeance. She was looking for an apology. And the real story.

This Could Be Very Good News For Photographers

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 11.25.2013 | Media

A recent agreement reached by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Newspaper Guild could be very good news for some photographers. The newspaper h...

Judge to Quinn: Pay 'em! Decision and Reactions

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.27.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You probably know by now that Gov. Pat Quinn lost his attempt to cancel paychecks for lawmakers. Cook County Circuit Judge Neil Cohen sided with House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton in their lawsuit against Quinn.

Why You Should Resist Term Limit Temptation

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.26.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

We're hearing a lot about term limits these days because Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner has started a strongly financed initiative to add term limits to the Illinois Constitution.

Take our Poll: Capitol Doors -- Sound Investment or Insane Boondoggle?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.25.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin is a staunch defender of the state Capitol refurbishing project that cost more than $50 million and included historically correct copper doors that cost $670,000.

Top 10: Illinois Remains in National Unemployment Cellar

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.23.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

New unemployment figures last week showed Illinois' jobless rate unchanged in August. That also means our second-worst national ranking is unchanged.

6 Things You Didn't Know About Bill Daley

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

When Bill Daley bowed out of the governor's race this week, we lost not only an exciting contested Democratic primary. We also lost one of the most potentially colorful candidates in recent election history.

Term Limits and Unintended Consequences

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.19.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner backing a well-financed effort to put a term limits constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, the issue has more momentum today than it's had in 20 years -- since then-Treasurer Pat Quinn nearly got term limits onto the 1994 ballot.

Mad As Hell? Don't Just Yell: Use Reboot Illinois' New Sound Off Tool

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.17.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Our state's in sorry shape. Debt's growing. Higher taxes are looming. You're mad as hell, now who do you tell? Introducing: Sound Off.

Eliminate 'Lite Gov' Office? Let the People Vote, Says BGA

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Gov. Pat Quinn has sought to cast his race against Bill Daley for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a case of the populist who fights for the little guy (Quinn) vs. the "big shot" who has traveled in elite political and business circles.