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2014's Notable Developments in Landscape Architecture

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

This year there was a cultural shift that saw landscape architecture and its practitioners achieve an unprecedented level of visibility and influence.

Here's How Newspapers Covered The Midterm Election Results

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 11.05.2014 | Media

As one might imagine, every major newspaper in the country lead this morning with Tuesday night's midterm election results. While some focused nationa...

Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door by Barbara Mahany

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 10.31.2014 | Books
Sugar Rautbord

Perhaps most importantly, Barbara Mahany lives what she writes. This woman is the real deal, reaching out to the wounded world with enlightened care and compassion. A former pediatric oncology nurse she is both wise and experienced in the mysteries of interrupted cycles of life.

Fethullah Gulen's Message Condemning ISIS Appears in 5 U.S. Dailies Today

Emre Celik | Posted 11.17.2014 | Media
Emre Celik

Fethullah Gulen, a world renowned scholar, preacher and social advocate published his message of condemnation in today's New York Times, Washington Po...

First poll of the election cycle to show Quinn ahead of Rauner

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.16.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Until last week, all polls taken after the March 18 primary election showed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner leading Gov. Pat Quinn, in...

Quinn and Rauner Go Head to Head for the First Time

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

One thing came though loud and clear Tuesday at the Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner debate before the Chicago Tribune editorial board: These two really don't like each other.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Bruce Rauner (R), an Illinois businessman and gubernatorial candidate, is being called out for running a television ad with some altered news headline...

What It's Like To Cover 82 Shootings In 4 Days

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Media

Two Chicago Tribune staffers spent the 4th of July weekend with a close-up view of Chicago's escalating gun violence. Tribune reporter Peter Nicke...

70 Years Later, Still Playing Politics With Freedom of the Press

Carey Shenkman | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Carey Shenkman

In forty years perhaps the WikiLeaks cables will be declassified and heralded in the same way that the Pentagon Papers were a few years ago. And by then, the investigation into WikiLeaks will be seen as the selective political assault that it is.

Henning Carlsen: A Remembrance

Mark Axelrod | Posted 08.12.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Axelrod

Henning Carlsen, the Danish film director, died on May 30 shortly before his 87th birthday. I first heard of Henning Carlsen in the early 90s when I was teaching a course on the fiction of Knut Hamsun and wondered if there were a film based on his novel, Hunger.

The Debate Over School Choice in Chicago

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The debate over the impact of charter schools is prominent both across the country and closer to home in Chicago. Are charter schools part of the solution for struggling public school systems, or are they part of the problem for the struggles?

Disaster Capitalism Takes On Chicago

Evan F. Moore | Posted 06.30.2014 | Chicago
Evan F. Moore

The moves the mayor is making can get people thinking about a term called disaster capitalism. Disaster capitalism occurs when profits are generated based on the occurrence of a disaster.

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

How did the Afghan kids who were to receive books from Anne and the Afghan kids who were blown up by NATO that same day differ? Just an accident of location. Everyone was a victim.

Should Chicago Have a City Income Tax?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

No one really enjoys taxes, but they're necessary to help pay for the government services we receive. That's why Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has pitched a potential property tax increase to help the city make up the pension deficit it currently is facing.

Who's Cheering Pat Quinn's Minimum Wage Hike Effort?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.26.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The minimum wage debate is setting up to be one of the most important topics in the 2014 Illinois election. Incumbent governor Pat Quinn has made it well-known he wants to increase Illinois' minimum wage.

USA Today Gets Religious Freedom Right

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

With its recent editorial 'Obamacare Overreach Tramples Little Sisters of the Poor," USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to "get it" when it comes to religious freedom.

Who's Connected to Whom? Who's Invested in What? We Should Know More

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.10.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you think Illinois law should make it easier for taxpayers to untangle these webs of connections, and various other financial interests of office-holders, you'll want to read this.

Tribune Co. Becomes One Of Country's Largest TV Station Owners

AP | Posted 02.26.2014 | Media

CHICAGO (AP) — The Tribune Co. said Friday that it has completed its $2.73 billion acquisition of Local TV Holdings LLC. The company ...

'Quiet Dell' by Jayne Anne Phillips

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The moment when Duty, twice the survivor of families lost to disaster, is reconnected to murdered 9-year-old Annabel Eicher through her worn doll, Mrs. Pomeroy, will not leave a dry eye. Quiet Dell is a rare book. We readers are taken on a brilliant literary journey that passes through the netherworld but leaves us touched by grace.

'Toxic Hot Seat' Ignites Awareness

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Toxic Hot Seat, a new documentary directed by James Redford and Kirby Walker, takes an in-depth look at chemical flame retardants.

The 6 Things That Helped Me Get to the Finish Line of the Chicago Marathon

Ana Beatriz Cholo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ana Beatriz Cholo

I would reach that finish line, even if I had to crawl, which is why I sought the help of professionals, like the podiatrist and a good physical therapist who preached that you don't run to train, you train to run.

Cartoonist Explains Evolution of His Gay Marriage Stance

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.06.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

The fast rise of support for the marriage bill that passed on Tuesday represents an amazingly rapid evolution for an issue that even five years ago was incomprehensible to much of the general public -- not to mention extremely sensitive politically.

Hidden Agenda Fuels Challenge to Pivotal Death Penalty Case

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

Anthony Porter, the exonerated death row inmate whose jubilant release from prison was the catalyst for abolishing the death penalty in Illinois, is back in the news after living in relative obscurity for years.

The Tribune Murdered the Truth

David Protess | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
David Protess

"Who Committed Murder?" the editorial's headline blared. Its focus was on a double homicide of a young couple that led to the conviction and near-execution of Anthony Porter in 1998. Porter was freed after another man, Alstory Simon, confessed to the slayings on videotape.

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.