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    Phil Vettel reviews Saved by the Max

    CHICAGO, Ill. — Fans of the classic teen sitcom Saved by the Bell are flocking to Wicker Park to snag a table at a themed pop up restaurant called Saved by the Max. It’s dripping with 90’s nostalgia, and packed to the gills every night—but how’s the food? The team brought on a highly regarded Chicago chef to take over the menu, and put some new twists on familiar classics. Chicago Tribune Restaurant Critic Phil Vettel checked it out.

  • Super Saturday sees multiple winners

    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Nebraska Democratic caucuses, and Hillary Clinton won the Louisiana primary according to a CNN projection. [Previous story, posted at 9 p.m. ET] Ted Cruz has won the Kansas and Maine Republican caucuses as the Texas senator seeks to use the Super Saturday contests to bolster his argument that he is the only viable alternative to Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders picked up his first win of the night in the Kansas Democratic caucuses, […]

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    Phil Vettel reviews de Quay

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  • New Video Surfaces In Accident That Paralyzed Woman

    A suburban family is praying for miracles tonight. Nearly a month after their daughter was involved in an accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down,  video surfaces of the driver, police say,  caused that accident. The victim’s family says it shows the driver, seconds after the accident–before running from police. Four people were hurt in that single-vehicle crash- all friends of the driver. Kelsey Ibach was the most seriously injured.  

  • Mother Fights Back After Losing Son To Violence

    The courage of a north side mother fighting back after losing a son to the streets. Elizabeth Ramirez launched an effort to stop the violence after her son was killed in  2011. Henry Rodriguez was killed after he jumped in front of a gunman to save two others.   The crime remains unsolved.   But instead of letting sorrow consume her family  his mother decided to do something. Ramirez began speaking out on community radio, at peace rallies and prayer vigils.  This […]

  • Probe Sees Flaws In Red Light Program

    If it seems like the yellow lights on Chicago’s streets aren’t as long as they used to be- you’re right. The city inspector general’s independent investigation revealed Mayor Emanuel’s administration quietly shortened yellow lights last spring. That has generated an extra 77 thousand red light tickets. The mayor’s administration has now agreed to end the practice. The investigation also called the red light camera program fundamentally flawed- and rife with city mismanagement and inconsistent enforcement. But it did not explain […]

  • Catholic Charities Gifts Stolen

    A search is underway in the north suburbs for the grinch who took off with 150 toys meant for Catholic Charities’ holiday gift program.  Catholic Charities’ Lake County office had been storing the toys and other gifts in an empty building in Waukegan.  They were intended to be given to families in need this holiday season.  Catholic Charities gave gifts to 15 thousand people last year thanks to its donors and volunteers.

  • Naperville officials consider action to stop rowdiness at bars

    Fights spilling into the streets in Naperville prompt officials to go after bars in the west suburban city. Some complain the bars are open and serving alcohol too late. While safety is motivating the push, there are some bar and restaurant owners who are against changing the rules. They say officials would be penalizing all for the actions of the few.

  • Two Chicago sites make short list for Obama library

    Two Chicago universities are moving into the next round of competition for the Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum. The University of Chicago and UIC are among four semi-finalists.  Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii are also in the running. The competition is expected to heat up as the semi-finalists submit detailed proposals by mid-December. The president and first lady will then determine two finalists with the winning bid expected to be named in early 2015.