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  • 5 questions with actor/director Zach Braff Jul 17, 2014 10:16 AM
    Dann interviews Zach Braff about his second film “Wish I Was Here,” kickstarted by 47,000 contributors. “You have to do right by 47,000 people instead of just one person,” Braff said. “Plus, you've got to fulfill 47,000 individual promises. One person gets a free screening in Chicago. Another person you said you'd propose their wedding for them. It's an extraordinary amount of work to do.”

     
  • Display pages keep art in the joy of newspaper reading Jul 17, 2014 10:38 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: What caught my attention was the headline for Wednesday's Food section: SIPPING AWAY ... SUMMER DAYS ... and the pleasant, break-a-few-rules design.

     
  • When it comes to gossip, some conservatives will buy anything Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: They had a term for her, but I’ve forgotten it. It was a name applied to a person who could not say no to a door-to-door salesman. The one I remember from my brief career selling magazines was totally upfront about her intentions. “I’ll buy whatever you’re selling,” she said. I sold her Esquire and two other subscriptions. Salesmen back then had a name for such people. Today, I would call them conservatives. They, too, will buy anything.

     
  • Cold and calculating on immigration Jul 16, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette: Whenever President Obama acts unilaterally on immigration reform — and it’s not often enough — the reactions on both the right and the left are so predictable.

     
  • Fox Valley Park District troupe to stage ‘Hairspray’ Jul 16, 2014 3:13 PM
    Everything about “Hairspray” is big. The powerful, soul-stirring music. The spectacular sets. The dazzlingly colorful costumes. The bouffant hairdos. The production will have a huge presence this weekend, as the Fox Valley Park District’s Summer Stage presents “Hairspray” for four shows — Friday, July 18 through Sunday, July 20 — at West Aurora High School.

     
  • Repairs planned for West Dundee fountain Jul 16, 2014 3:08 PM
    The fountain in West Dundee’s Grafelman Park will flow again. Village officials do not know when, but they hope it will be before Heritage Fest in September.

     
  • Wading’s evolution has been worth the wait Jul 16, 2014 4:41 PM
    Most of us anglers got our start in the budget bracket of the wader market, but it's impressive to see just how far this product has come.

     
  • Courtyard garden at Inverness parish is a labor of love Jul 16, 2014 1:47 PM
    Henry Smogolski owes his inspiration for the garden at Holy Family Parish to the memory of his wife, Isabel, but the entire church community finds peace and reflection come more easily there.

     
  • Software problem leaves residents in dark on water bills Jul 16, 2014 9:31 AM
    Many West Chicago residents haven't seen a water bill in nearly a year because of a software compatability issue. Residents and some city officials complain poor communication from the city has left many residents owing large sums. “It's scary, and it makes me angry a little bit because I don't know what I'm facing when the bills start coming again,” one resident said.

     
  • Specialization not really key to kids’ sports success Jul 16, 2014 6:58 PM
    The days when kids played sports instead of organized sports is long gone. Now it seems that organized sports is becoming the singular organized sport for most young athletes.

     
  • Bullpen hardly Sox’ biggest concern Jul 16, 2014 8:47 PM
    The bullpen has been an issue, but it’s not the biggest problem facing the White Sox, says Sox Insider Chris Rongey.

     
  • Must be great to be young faces of the Blackhawks Jul 16, 2014 9:33 PM
    Judging by the Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane news conference, it's great to be young and a Blackhawk these days. They're healthy wealthy and should contend for Stanley Cups the next decade or so.

     
  • 'Snowpiercer' leads train of on-demand gems Jul 20, 2014 3:06 PM
    "Snowpiercer” — the buzzworthy science-fiction flick starring “Captain America” himself, Chris Evans — opened in a small number of Chicago-area theaters on July 4, but you can already watch it from the comfort of your own home. Many brand-new films are now premiering on VOD services while still playing in theaters.

     
  • Highway Trust Fund needs a solution for the long haul Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Donna Brazile: Once again, Congress needs to act — this time to renew the Federal Highway Trust Fund, created in 1956 to help construct and fund our nation’s roadways, bridges, tunnels and sidewalks. The trust fund has been a complete success, but it’s about to run out of money soon if Congress fails to act.

     
  • Needed: A conservative temperament Jul 15, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Precisely because President Obama’s progressivism is exhausted and increasingly discredited, Americans will give the GOP another look. They will be either impressed or frightened by what they see.

     
  • Except for Cleveland, Bulls put together best off-season Jul 15, 2014 5:18 AM
    While the Cleveland Cavaliers got their guy back and the world is right again in Ohio, the Chicago Bulls got Pau Gasol, and outside of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, Mike North believes that’s the best addition any NBA team made in the off-season.

     
  • Son puts mom in tough situation because of sibling’s girlfriend Jul 15, 2014 11:50 AM
    Her oldest son won't attend family functions because he dislikes his brother's girlfriend. Mom now feels she has to choose who to invited and when. Carolyn Hax says both siblings are equal and she needs to say so.

     
  • U.S. president from Palatine, Cubs in the World Series? Jul 15, 2014 4:16 PM
    At the All-Star break, the last-place Cubs are a long way from the World Series. But in his new book, "Killing the Curse," author Dennis Hetzel, who grew up in the suburbs, tells of the Cubs playing for it all during a tense drama revolving around a U.S. president from Palatine and a Cubs fanatic from Streamwood.

     
  • British Open challenge just what Johnson craves Jul 15, 2014 4:28 PM
    Twenty-five players who competed in the John Deere Classic were on the tournament’s jet to the British Open on Sunday night, and golf columnist Len Ziehm says Zach Johnson figures to have the best chance of that group when the third major championship of the season tees off on Thursday at Royal Liverpool.

     
  • The $1 million solution to All-Star Game woes Jul 15, 2014 5:28 AM
    Baseball is having a difficult time squeezing into the public consciousness these days. About all there is to say about baseball is that the All-Star Game – the latest edition scheduled for tonight in Minneapolis — is broken. The solution: Offer $1 million to the manager that manages to manage a victory.

     
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