In Ayers's new memoir, Fugitive Days, he reconciles his militant past with his present identity: father of three, esteemed professor at UIC—and unabashed patron of the great bourgeois coffee chain, Starbucks Read more
Ann Marie Lipinski may be the most powerful journalist in Chicago. Can her vision lift the Trib? Read more
Jarrett and Rogers, both now headed to the White House, form two-thirds of a high-profile Chicago sisterhood along with publishing heir Linda Johnson Rice. Their friendship is described in this story by Marcia Froelke Coburn. Jarrett has been named a senior adviser to Obama and Rogers is said to be in line to be White House social secretary. Read more
Before she was a New York senator and a presidential hopeful, Hillary Rodham was a teenage Republican. Here's our 1994 look at the girl who grew up in Park Ridge. Read more
From our May 1993 issue: In the early 1970s, Bernardine Dohrn and her Weatherman cohorts were blowing up buildings. Today, she has a new—respectable—revolution to lead. Read more
A huge black turnout in November 1992 altered Chicago's electoral landscape—and raised a new political star: a 31-year-old lawyer named Barack Obama. Read more
The most feared man in Chicago was once a shining figure of hope. But the road to jail is paved with good intentions. Read more