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Todd Stroger: Cook County Board President 'The Lamest Duck Ever'

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger isn't accustomed to getting a lot of respect. Since taking over the job his father once held, he's been ridi...

Obama Congratulates Pat Quinn On Victory, Dan Hynes Not Conceding

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Barack Obama called Gov. Pat Quinn to congratulate him on his win in the Democratic primary, even though back in Illinois opponent Dan Hynes...

Oprah Reality Show: New Format Will Get Around Talk Show Contract Restrictions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The queen of talk has found a way to keep talking on her own network, despite her contract. Oprah is obligated to keep her daytime talk show in local...

UPDATE: 'Lobster Zone' Game Gets Shut Down (VIDEO, POLL)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

UPDATE: Chicagoist reports that Doc Ryan's owner Brian Sullivan has agreed to remove the Lobster Zone machine from his bar. *** A story published o...

Mark Kirk Wins Illinois Senate Republican Primary, Will Face Alexi Giannoulias (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As expected, Mark Kirk handily won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate from Illinois, defeating his closest challenger Patrick Hughes by a landslide. ...

Cook County Voter Turnout Was Extremely Low

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Election officials called Tuesday's poor voter turnout in Chicago "very, very unfortunate" as more than 70 percent of registered voters did not bother...

Escaped Prisoner Steals Rockford Police Car, Drives 90 Miles Before Caught

NBC Chicago | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago police managed to stop the man at the intersection of Noble and Division at around 3:40 a.m. which was a good thing for the Rockford cops in p...

Toni Preckwinkle Wins: Unseats Todd Stroger For Cook County Board President Nomination

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a sweeping victory over her competitors, Toni Preckwinkle is the predicted winner of the Democratic nomination for Cook County Board President Tues...

Justin Mentell DEAD: 'Boston Legal' Actor Dies In Car Crash

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Justin Mentell, 27, of Waukegan, was killed when his Jeep went down a steep embankment off Highway 39 near Blanchardville and hit two trees, the sheri...

Illinois Election Results 2010: Primary Results Still Coming In

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Nearly all the votes are in from Illinois's Tuesday primaries, and the results remained murky Wednesday morning. On the Senate side, things are actu...

Illinois Senate Primary 2010: Could Weather Help Giannoulias, Hurt Hoffman?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A snowy morning in Chicago could bode well for Alexi Giannoulias's chances to win the Democratic nomination for Senate, as he seeks to stave off chall...

State Accidentally Drops Woman From Food Stamps

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In late January, the Illinois Department of Human Services sent Susan Shaf a letter announcing that her monthly food stamp benefits were going down st...

Video Poker: New Bill Could Penalize Towns That Ban Video Gaming

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A new bill filed in the General Assembly would withhold funds from capital projects in areas that ban video gaming. Video gambling was legalized by t...

Alexi Giannoulias: Broadway Bank 'Changed Sharply' Under His Tenure, Reports Chicago News Coop

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

After law school, Mr. Giannoulias went to work full-time at the bank in 2002. He quickly became a senior loan officer and then a vice president. Wheth...

Chicago Marathon Registration Now Open

chicagomarathon.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Registration is now open for the 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10. The field size will be capped at a maximum of 45,000 par...

Alexi Giannoulias Wins Democratic Primary For Illinois Senate Seat, Will Face Mark Kirk In General Election

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer and party favorite, won the Democratic nomination for Illinois's U.S. Senate seat in Tuesday's election, He wil...

Retired Postal Worker Arrested In Connection With Three-Alarm Fire At Edgebrook Lutheran Church

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Police have arrested a 61-year-old man in connection with an extra-alarm fire Sunday night at the Edgebrook Lutheran Church on the Northwest Side that...

Art Institute Of Chicago Is Free In February: Admission Fee Waived This Month

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Admission will be free for the entire month of February at the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, including the new Modern Wing. Currently on di...

Pat Quinn, Bill Brady Take To The Air Before Governor's Primaries

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With just a day before their respective primary elections for Illinois governor, Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP candidate Bill Brady were amon...

Illinois Primary Election 2010: Voting Begins In Governor, US Senate, Local Races

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Voting is underway in the 2010 Illinois primaries, as locals battle the snow and head to their polling places to decide some closely-watched county, s...

Jacob Meister Drops Out Of Senate Race, Endorses Alexi Giannoulias

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Jacob Meister officially left the U.S. Senate race on Sunday, endorsing Illinois State Treasurer and primary front-runner Alexi Giannoulias. Meister ...

Burr Oak Memo Reveals Internal Conflicts About Cemetery Desecration

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Burr Oak Cemetery executives knew about the elaborate grave reselling scheme there as early as 2003, and discussed the issue with the comptroller's of...

Obama Comments On Attack Ads In Illinois GOP Governor's Race

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

President Obama addressed a House Republican retreat in a question-and-answer session on Friday. Health care, partisanship and the national debt were ...

For Esme With Love and Squalor

Joseph Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Joseph Freeman

Explaining his love for one story, James Wood wrote that it's the kind you want to read aloud to someone. If I had to pick a few stories that meet Wood's assessment, one of them would have to be Salinger's tender For Esme With Love and Squalor.

Phoenix Phenom: Black Eyed Peas Stole 'Boom Boom Pow,' Lawsuit Filed (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

First George Harrison, then Vanilla Ice, now the Black Eyed Peas: the hip-hop group's top single "Boom Boom Pow" was stolen from Chicago artist Phoeni...