Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ University of Chicago’s Dr. Donald F. Steiner, pioneer in diabetes research, dead at 84 ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Donald F. Steiner’s work improved the lives of diabetes patients around the globe. Nearly half a century ago, he discovered that the insulin molecule was composed of a single protein chain, not two, as previously thought. He called it proinsulin. ]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:35:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: Rahm Emanuel’s silent partner in mayoral campaign: Mike Madigan ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: After staying neutral in the last race for Chicago mayor, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has provided major support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:08:30 -0600 <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: Rauner adviser Poshard's pension bonanza ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: One of the big problems Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner will face is what to do about the state’s public pension crisis. He doesn’t need to go any farther than a member of his own transition team, Glenn Poshard, to get a close-up look at some of the factors fueling the crisis. ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:45:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Fire Chicago cop with rap sheet, Supt. Garry McCarthy urges ]]>

THE WATCHDOGS: Officer Richard A. Rizzo, a subject of the Chicago Sun-Times’ “Tarnished Badges” investigation last year who’s been arrested four times by his own department during 17 years as a Chicago cop, should be fired, Supt. Garry McCarthy says. ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 02:15:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jane Byrne left a colorful legacy ]]> Lead story image

Jane Byrne, who died Friday at age 81, presided over a time of political change in Chicago; she was the city's first, and still its only, female mayor. ]]> Sat, 15 Nov 2014 14:49:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama pal Eric Whitaker stonewalls feds on sex question in grant-fraud case ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, has refused to answer federal prosecutors’ questions about whether he had a “sexual relationship” with a former aide who has pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayers’ money, court records show. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:49:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Darby Tillis, who fought wrongful convictions after he was freed, dies at 71 ]]> Lead story image

Darby Tillis, one of the first men to be freed from Illinois’ death row, died Sunday morning at Rush Hospital of what is thought to have been an aneurysm. He was 71. Mark A. Clements, a board member of the Campaign to End to Death Penalty, said Mr. Tillis was a respected and strong advocate for ending the death penalty and wrongful convictions and “will be greatly missed.” ]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:16:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Will Kilkeary dies; owner of legendary Chicago bar, a favorite of Royko, Ebert ]]> Lead story image

Will Kilkeary, who was the proprietor of O'Rourke's, a landmark Chicago bar peopled by some of the nation’s most gifted writers, journalists, grifters and good-time boys and girls, has died at 74. ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:02:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ The most dangerous block in Chicago? A stretch of South King Drive where a young Michelle Obama once lived ]]> Lead story image

They call it “O Block.” It’s a notorious stretch of South Side real estate, including the sprawling Parkway Gardens apartment complex, known for violence. Nineteen people were shot on O Block — the 6400 block of South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive — between June 2011 and June 2014, making it the most dangerous block in Chicago over that period, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis found. ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:03:28 -0600 <![CDATA[ While some Koschman cops await fate, many get big pensions ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Nine months after a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, not one cop has been disciplined for letting Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko get away for nearly 10 years with killing David Koschman. Many can’t be punished because they no longer work for the city. ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 11:12:03 -0600 <![CDATA[ Bernard “Bernie” Feinstein, police officer known as mayor of Devon Avenue, dead at 82 ]]> Lead story image

Bernie Feinstein, a cop who walked a beat on Devon Avenue for 18 years and got to know the immigrant business owners there by listening to their worries and life stories, died Oct. 14 at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. He was 82. ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:28:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65 ]]> Lead story image

Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein’s Loop business, International Importing Bead & Novelty Company, often provided accesories for actors and musicians. Cher, Sally Rand and Eric Clapton were among tose who came to stock up on beads, crystals, sequins and feathers. Mr. Klein, 65, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 at Skokie Hospital. ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:31:41 -0600 <![CDATA[ Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Lawrence M. “Larry” Solomon loved a mystery — in medicine and also in fiction. His collection of 6,000 books, many of them featuring Sherlock Holmes, was testament to that. Like Holmes, he’d use his powers of observation to arrive at deductions that dazzled and sometimes confounded patients and other physicians. The former University of Illinois dermatology chief Oct. 8 at his North Shore home. He was 83. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:08:52 -0600 <![CDATA[ Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85 ]]> Lead story image

When Father Bob Botthof introduced his kids to people, they looked confused. Some asked, “What does your mother think about your dad becoming a priest?” Others inquired, “Isn’t that frowned upon by the church?” He’d lived a whole other life before becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Mad about his fellow teacher and wife, Mary Elizabeth, he used to serenade her with “Shall We Dance?” But after losing her to cancer after 23 years of marriage, the father and former U.S. Marine joined the Dominican friars. ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 07:23:27 -0600 <![CDATA[ 3 Daley scandals cost Chicago taxpayers over $6 million ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago taxpayers have paid more than $6 million to private lawyers hired to fight three City Hall scandals that benefited family and friends of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. And the legal bills keep mounting. ]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:45:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Clout contractor got $3.1M in CPS work after City Hall ban ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Two years ago, the city banned Windy City Electric Co. from getting any more business over allegations it fraudulently landed millions in contracts set aside for companies owned by women. But the ban didn’t keep the politically connected contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools. ]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 06:03:24 -0600