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Thursday, July 23, 2009 02:55 am

Nosy writer has been inspired by place where the powerful sometimes trample the innocent

Just about seven years ago, I moved here from Texas to find out whether I could still do journalism. I had worked for major mainstream newspapers in Dallas and in Anchorage (yes, Alaska),...
Thursday, July 16, 2009 02:55 am

Former SPD cop learns her mother’s Burr Oak­­­ grave was likely plundered, resold

The first time Renatta Frazier heard about massive grave robbing at an Alsip cemetery, she didn’t give it a second thought. A tiny village on the southwestern tip of Chica...
Thursday, July 9, 2009 03:32 pm

Friends of bicyclist who died in a crash are haunted by new DUI charges against motorist

Mark Jennings spent more than 20 years serving his country in the U.S. Army Airborne. When he retired around 2002, “Sarge,” as he was known, enjoyed gardening, cooking out and ...
Thursday, July 2, 2009 02:55 am

A view inside opposing camps of the gizmo revolution

Two years ago, Todd Green was happy with his Blackberry. Or so he thought. Then he went to his son’s basketball practice, where another dad hanging out in the bleachers was showing ...
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 01:56 pm

Young state police director changes troops’ attitude, but not much else

It’s been less than three months since Jonathon Monken became director of the Illinois State Police, but already he has jolted the agency. Which is sort of what troopers were hoping he would d...
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 03:12 am

Hope Institute and its neighbors are talking. There’s hope for the world.

I now believe there will be peace in the Middle East. I also believe that the Illinois legislature will someday ratify a budget before the fiscal year ends, and Dick Cheney will appear on...
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 12:20 pm

Parole officer’s near-death experience sends him searching for “the gas-pump lady”

From the kitchen table where he was eating supper with his family, Jeff Hart saw the clouds change direction. They rolled east, then shifted suddenly west, like they had just de...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 04:42 pm

At Lanphier High, three brave boys add fresh bounce to the rah-rah squad

You’ve seen these guys before. OK, maybe not this specific trifecta of testosterone, but you’ve undoubtedly seen guys just like them, clowning around on the sidelines at the f...
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 04:58 pm

Nikki Moore “belongs in a classroom,” but she didn’t know that at first

A few years ago, someone in the Chicago public school system came up with a brilliant way to help Riley Higgins, who was then about 3 years old and living in Springfield. Why would anyone...
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 07:02 am

Deidre Lockhart, now a professional with a master’s degree, reflects on her colorful past

Ask Deidre Lockhart how tall she is, and she will tell you she’s just under 5-foot-10. You don’t even have to verbalize the follow-up question. With a tone that says “I ge...


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