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Tribune staff reportersIt took a convincing message and a sizable dose of sincerity for a candidate to get John Stidwell out in the snow at 5 a.m. to plant campaign signs. But there he was before daylight on Election Day, outside Circle Urban Ministries on the West Side...
Tags: Elections, Dan Hynes, Christianity, Barack Obama, Hyde Park
Chicago Tribune staff reporterSketching a diagram on a scrap of notepad paper, Carol Moseley Braun makes her proposal for universal health coverage seem as clear as the view across Lake Michigan from the Chicago Athletic Club's eighth-floor dining room. On this crisp fall afternoon,...
Tribune senior correspondentJane Byrne, the Mt. St. Helens of City Hall, is spouting off-again-on every topic imaginable, from politics to pantyhose. The tiny, blond dynamo always has an opinion. It might not be the same as yesterday's opinion, but . . . THAT'S THE GIST of the...
Tribune staff reportersThe City of Chicago, bolstered by a mayor who's an avid reader but known more for grammatical bloopers than bon mots, hopes to turn its citizenry into one giant book group this fall. To boost community bonding and a love of literature, the Chicago Public...
Tags: Crimes, Gregory Peck, Politics, Libraries, Death
To help you sort through the dozens of offerings of the Chicago Humanities Festival, Tribune critics offer a few suggestions. "Powder Her Face": 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Museum of Contemporary Art (there's a panel discussion of the work 5 p.m....
ALD. RICHARD MELL: `If your child comes to you and tells you this and you really have a problem with it and it becomes a real issue, you really don't deserve to call yourself a parent.'Tribune senior correspondentDeborah Mell was still in elementary school, 6th or 7th grade, when she began making bicycle trips to a neighborhood on Chicago's North Side where she could get a gay newspaper. At the newsstand, trying not to look like she was staring, she'd watch the...
Tags: Elections, Crimes, Katie Couric, Death, Politics
Tribune staff reporterSince school began last fall at the University of Chicago, Dan Lichtenstein-Boris has carved out time to oppose the war in Iraq, drafting leaflets, creating film and speakers series and setting up a round-the-clock vigil in the center of campus. But...
Tribune cultural criticThe first sentence sparks a sinuous shiver: A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind's forward edge, as if she were a green fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. And thus readers are launched into "Wicked:...
Tags: Carol Burnett, Julia Keller, Family, New York, Wicked (musical)
The citywide "One Book, One Chicago" program is now two weeks old. So we sent our reporters to see who is actually reading "To Kill a Mockingbird." The search began at City Hall and the Harold Washington Library Center, presumably ground zeroes for the...
Tags: Elections, Gregory Peck, Libraries, Death, Politics
Special to the TribuneWhen Dick Cunningham walked up those stairs and through the door, he had no idea what awaited him on the other side. But the second he saw them -- friends and family, their faces etched with apprehension -- he knew what was up. Hurt flashed into his...
On a warm sunny day in downtown Chicago, an estimated 175,000 people packed Daley Plaza shortly before noon to listen, pray and remember the victims of the terrorist attacks one year ago today. "Our service today is about remembering those lost," said...
Tags: Springfield, Christianity, Gary Sinise, Death, Politics
My father was ahead of his time. He theorized that if enough people had racially mixed children, racism would eventually disappear. He did his part: He had six biracial children. I was his third little bridge builder. But what I learned most from my...
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