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The news that Chicago is losing the American Theater Company–here’s the Chicago Tribune story–is stunning. Artistic Director Will Davis was let go, and the board has decided to fold the company. It’s the last paragraph that’s distressing. Under Davis, the theater took a more experimental turn, far from the pathway of developing new work with […]

Michael Ferro Steps Down as Chairman of Tronc Following Sale of LA Times

Michael Ferro, the largest shareholder of tronc, Inc., is stepping down as chairman of the publisher which includes the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and other newspapers. Justin Dearborn, CEO of tronc, Inc., has been named chairman of the board. Ferro's decision to step down follows the company's $500 million deal...

Just Do It

Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, wrote a 1997 essay aimed at graduates. In it, she shared many practical nuggets of wisdom such as “Floss,” and thoughts like, “Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. Show More Summary

Shorties (A Profile of Luis Alberto Urrea, Yo La Tengo's Musical Infuences, and more)

The Chicago Tribune profiled author Luis Alberto Urrea. Yo La Tengo discussed the band's musical influences at Pitchfork. Paste also profiled the band. March's best eBook deals. Stream a new Astral Swans song. Vol. 1 Brooklyn interviewed Jonathan Russell...

Controversial Sinclair station sales in NYC and Chicago advance

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. said it had executed agreements to sell TV stations in New York and Chicago in order to stay below media ownership limits as it absorbs Tribune Media Co. in a proposed... To view the full story, click the title link.

Chicago's best fried foods: chicken, shrimp, fries and more

The Tribune's Food & Dining team is on the hunt for Chicago's best fried food. Why? Why not, we ask. From shatteringly crisp chicken (everyone's favorite) to crunchy, plump curlicues of shrimp, we're seeking out the city's best fried foods.  Check back every day in March for a new dish to add to...

James Eric Davis Jr arrested for parents’ murder

According to the Chicago Tribune, James Eric Davis Sr, a police officer and an Iraq War veteran while he was serving in the Illinois National Guard for 24 years, and his wife Diva Jeneen Davis, a cancer survivor, were murdered by their son, 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr when they came to the campus of […]

David Mamet Writing a ‘Ripped From the Headlines’ Play

Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time Oscar nominee David Mamet says he’s writing a play about Harvey Weinstein. Mamet told the Chicago Tribune: “I was talking with my Broadway producer, and he said, ‘Why don’t you write a play about Harvey...

David Mamet’s Harvey Weinstein Play Has Title, Twitter Has Questions

That David Mamet play about Harvey Weinstein? Safe to assume there will be cursing, but other than that it’s anybody’s guess. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune to plug his new novel Chicago, the playwright ‘fessed up to penning...Show More Summary

Rauner Drinks Chocolate Milk for Diversity

“In an awkward onstage appearance this week, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) drank a glass of chocolate milk to demonstrate his belief in diversity,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Said Rauner: “It’s really, really good. Diversity!”

In Effort to Win Approval of Deal, Sinclair Plans to Sell Tribune’s WPIX-TV in New York and WGN-TV in Chicago

“Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to sell [WGN-TV] in Chicago and [WPIX-TV] in New York, both owned by Tribune Media Co. as part of its bid to win approval to acquire Tribune,” reports Reuters. Sinclair wrote about the plans in.....

Sinclair says it will sell Tribune stations in New York, Chicago and San Diego to meet TV ownership cap

Sinclair Broadcast Group has told the Federal Communications Commission that it will divest the New York, Chicago and San Diego TV stations it plans to acquire from Tribune Media in order to meet the government’s ownership limit on broadcast outlets. The Baltimore company made its intentions known...

Josh Sitton feels he has “prime years” left

Guard Josh Sitton confirmed Tuesday’s report that he will become a free agent next month as a result of the Bears declining their option on his contract for the 2018 season. Sitton told Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune that he had “a great conversation” with Bears General Manager Ryan Pace about the team’s decision [more]

A Self-Funding Battle In Illinois

Chicago Tribune: “The latest $7 million Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker (D) gave to his campaign puts him at more than $56 million for the primary, surpassing the $50 million ‘first installment’ Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) pumped into his [...]

'Chicago P.D.' filming is insensitive? You're missing the point

The NBC police drama “Chicago P.D.” was “slammed,” the Tribune reported in a Wednesday headline, for filming too close to the Thompson Center in Chicago’s Loop, where Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer had been fatally shot just one day before. How close was too close for our sensibilities? Five hundred...

Bears hire trainer Andre Tucker, strength coach Jason Loscalzo

The Chicago Bears have hired a new head trainer, and strength and conditioning coach after electing to make changes to their staff late last month. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have hired Andre Tucker to serve as their head trainer and Jason Loscalzo as the new strength and conditioning coach. [more]

Contrary to Chicago TV news, P.F. Chang's is not hosting the Winter Olympics

last monthHumor / odd : Boing Boing

If only it were true. Chicago's ABC affiliate WLS-TV featured the graphic seen above during a story about the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. From the Chicago Tribune: Jayme Nicholas, a spokesperson for the ABC affiliate in Chicago, told Inc. Show More Summary

Arena Lawsuit

Looks like the Tribune owes the Chaplains another $50 : Northwest Side Ald. John Arena filed a complaint with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability alleging Chicago police officers may have violated the department’s code of conduct...Show More Summary

The Transgendered Achilles’ Heel & OPEN THREAD

According to the Chicago Tribune: A Chicago man accused of sexually assaulting three young girls told prosecutors he considered himself a boy in a man’s body, according to Cook County court documents. Joseph Roman, 38, is charged with...Show More Summary

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