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Features Where to Get Stuff Fixed, by Magda Krance Things fall apart. Or stop working, come loose, get dinged, rip, or simply lose their luster. Luckily, scores of Chicago businesses specialize in making the old and the nicked-from apparel to appliances to watches and wood-seem new again. A guide to the best. The Church vs. … Read more

The Lincoln Crusade

For more than 20 years, a dedicated group of individuals struggled to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum a reality. When some observers suggested that Governor George Ryan wanted to turn the project into a patronage dump, the Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal fought one of his last battles.

Playing Lardball

Despite efforts of reformers, Cook County government remains larded with patronage jobs jealously guarded by clout-wielding bureaucrats. Identifying the problem is easy. Fixing it has proved maddeningly difficult.