Lead story image 9/11 memorial plaza in New York City opens to public
The plot of land known for a decade as “the pile,” “the pit” and “ground zero” opened to the public Monday for the first time …Read More
Lead story image America observes 10th anniversary of 9/11
The names of the Sept. 11 dead echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack.
Lead story image Chicago remembers 9/11 with sirens, ceremonies
The eyes of the nation may have been on New York City on Sunday, but dozens of remembrance services across the Chicago area showed the atrocity of 9/11 was felt every bit as keenly here.
Lead story image Chicago schools chief watched 9/11 chaos from Brooklyn rooftop
Today, Jean-Claude Brizard is CEO of Chicago Public Schools. But on Sep. 11, 2001, he was principal of George Westinghouse High School, located 2.5 miles …Read More


More September 11th Coverage

Wilmette resident’s 9/11 stops make for trip of a lifetime


Anyone about to travel more than 500 miles by bicycle is in for an unforgettable adventure, but not as unforgettable as the one Rob Paddor is about to take. The owner of Evanston Subaru in Skokie, who has never traveled such long distances by bicycle …

Audio files reveal 9/11 confusion, horror faced by air traffic controllers


NEW YORK — Newly posted audio files depict the horror of 9/11 unfolding from the perspective of air traffic controllers.

Coaches recall the night football games didn’t mean so much


Football is not a game for holding your opponent’s hand. One time it happened for Morton coach Roy Richards, though. It’s a night he’ll never forget. It’s a night that hasn’t slipped from the mind of any football coach in the area that was coaching …

Sept. 11 artifact unveiling to kick off HopeFest at Maine East

A ceremony unveiling a six-foot tall, 200-pound steel beam from the World Trade Center, now belonging to the Park Ridge Fire Department, will kick off an event recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The ceremony will be at 7:30 a.m. Sept. …

Tinley Park to get steel beam from World Trade Center

A piece of American history — a steel beam from the World Trade Center — is coming to Tinley Park. The village is getting a 6-foot-long beam that weighs 1,008 pounds from the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Fire Chief Ken Dunn …

9/11 books challenge us to relive fateful day


It is difficult to recommend books about 9/11. Most adults in America saw it unfold from their living rooms. And news cycles for weeks and months to come kept it vivid in our minds. To read any more about it in book form is to rip open old wounds. On the other hand, it’s an event that will never be — and shouldn’t be — forgotten.

American Muslim experience teams with football in Glenview man’s documentary


Terrorists. Outsiders. Un-American. Ten years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Muslims continue to be disparaged and vilified by some as suspicious and dangerous intruders. Sports marketing veteran Rashid Ghazi hopes his documentary — which weaves the American Muslim experience with the excitement and drama of …

Area events in honor of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001


Communities throughout Will and Grundy counties will be joining their counterparts throughout the Chicago area and the nation this weeked in holding ceremonies to commemorate the events of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Here is a look at some of the special events planned throughout the area:

9/11 memorial events in Northwest Indiana

SEPTEMBER 9 Gary 10 a.m. Friday, ceremony on the steps of Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway, 881-1314. Valparaiso 9 a.m. Friday, Valparaiso Fire and Police Departments are having a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony by the First Responders Garden, Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N. Campbell St. SEPTEMBER …

Residents recall the horror of 9/11


Libertyville resident Donna Johnson was talking on the phone with a colleague who worked at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001 when the phone line suddenly went dead. It must be a bad connection, Johnson thought at first. But …

Joint musical program to mark Northbrook’s 9/11 anniversary

The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and The New Traditions Chorus are coming together this weekend in a program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The Sept. 11 concert “From Sea to Shining Sea - Remembering Our Heroes, Celebrating …

Churches seek to remember, lift spirits on Sept. 11


West suburban churches are seeking to ease the somber 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with a variety of programs and messages of hope for a better world. “There’s complexity. We’re walking a fine line on how our society has changed,” said the Rev. Addison …

9/11 drives new era of emergency cooperation


For emergency workers and first responders to catastrophes, the past 10 years can be summed up in one big word: interoperability. It might sound like a word a kid is given at a spelling bee, but to emergency personnel, it is the number one priority, …

Firefighters recall lighthearted moment with Marisa Tomei after 9/11


Days after the World Trade Center towers fell, a group of Chicago firefighters spending their days searching the rubble took a short break to sip a couple cold ones at a Manhattan tavern. A beautiful Hollywood starlet, Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei, approached. “She comes up and …

Sugar Grove man among 250,000 committed to Homeland Security


Mike Fagel of Sugar Grove, a national emergency management consultant, spent three months at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. He tells of the enormity of the challenge faced by emergency crews who even had to create a new headquarters.