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Mike Royko

Becoming a Brand New Man and a Best-Selling Author

Don McNay | Posted 03.17.2016 | Books
Don McNay

My goal was to write the best book ever written by someone considering weight loss surgery. That's a subjective goal, but I gave it everything I had and was not going to turn it over to the public until there was nothing I could do to make it better.

If Royko Advised Rahm

Roger Wright | Posted 12.29.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

You hire people from your neighborhood Rahm -- just like everyone's always done. And that just don't work anymore. Because your neighborhood is the 1%.

Royko and Trump at Christmas

Roger Wright | Posted 12.16.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

What if the great writer Mike Royko had left Don Trump a Christmas present? Trump left his security detail out on State Street and walked in early a...

If Mike Royko Were Here

Roger Wright | Posted 02.01.2015 | Chicago
Roger Wright

Mike Royko died young in 1997. But it's when real stories like this one about the robocalls bubble up from the political stew of chicanery, comedy and crime that is Chicago---that Royko inspires. Like he inspired this.

Rahm vs. The Koch Brothers

Roger Wright | Posted 02.15.2014 | Chicago
Roger Wright

If the billionaire Koch Brothers dumped a 5 story high mountain of a sooty black substance in a Chicago neighborhood; could Mayor Rahm Emanuel make th...

The Ex-Cub Factor Revisited

David Protess | Posted 05.11.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

As spring nears, it's time to talk baseball rather than injustice, though the two are intertwined when it comes to the Chicago Cubs. Today's subject is deeply philosophical, even existential: The Ex-Cub Factor and the nature of Cubness.

Royko Is Still the Boss

Keith Koeneman | Posted 04.23.2012 | Chicago
Keith Koeneman

Boss is a classic, one of the great books of American literature. If you've never read it, I recommend it to you. Chicago is a much changed city since it was written, but Rokyo's words still carry insights into our city and politics.

Behind the Scenes at the Chicago Literary Awards

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.01.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

It is wonderful to live in a city so rich of history, so rich of character, so rich of talent and art. But do we celebrate it enough?

Mayor Daley's Last City Council Meeting

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 07.04.2011 | Chicago

Chicago aldermen gave retiring Mayor Richard Daley a standing ovation at his last City Council meeting. Aldermen presented a resolution honoring Da...

How to Go From Jamoke to Chicagoan in Under 40 Minutes

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

I've got this intern from San Francisco working for me. How'm I ever gonna explain to this kid what makes Chicago different, different from anywhere else? I'm gonna start with these six short videos.

The Day Michael Miner Killed Commentary

Mike Doyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Mike Doyle

Miner's less than well-meaning suggestion to dispense with commentary and turn Chicago's columnists into service-oriented seat-warmers for journalists was nothing short of cowardly.

Mayor Daley, Why? (Or Why Not?)

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It's not that I'm sick of Mayor Daley. He's as entertaining as ever, and as much a confounding brew of political genius and moral vulgarity, animal intelligence and intellectual imbecility as he ever was.

The Socially Catastrophic Demise of the Light Feature Story

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

Mike Royko used to refer dismissively to the Tribune's Features department as "Birdland." Funny once. But now, maybe it's time for a bird to stand up for his land.

Mike Royko In Love: The Letters

Chicago Magazine | David Royko (Ed.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Long before becoming an acclaimed newspaper columnist, Mike Royko was a young airman secretly in love with a beautiful gal from his Northwest Side nei...

Obama and "The Chicago Way"

Martin Nolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Martin Nolan

How does Barack Obama fit into political Chicago? I found out at another convention, Boston's in 2004.

State Has $831 Million In Capital Projects Ready

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

At Barack Obama's press conference last Tuesday, ABC 7's Andy Shaw told him that across the country "mayors and county board presidents and governors ...

Race in the Race

Jim Ylisela | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jim Ylisela

So here we are, 25 years after Harold Washington, and the stakes couldn't be higher.

Mike Royko Movie Shooting In Wisconsin

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A movie about the life of legendary Chicago newspaperman Mike Royko is shooting scenes in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin State Journal reports: Over sever...