Growing up Catholic in Oak Park, most of the football fans I knew rooted for Notre Dame. Nowadays, it seems, there are as many ND haters as there are fans. So a lot of football fans are crushed and just as many are elated in the wake of Monday's national championship game against Alabama.
What kind of God allows a slaughter of innocents like the one recently in Newtown, Conn.? That's one of the frequently asked questions in the wake of yet another shocking outbreak of evil in the world. And it's a question that causes more crises of faith than any other.
Most people think of Mike Royko as a hard-edged, hard-hitting, no-nonsense columnist for the Daily News, Sun-Times and Tribune, and that he was. Fifteen years after he died, he remains a Chicago icon for exposing hypocrisy, corruption, and the high and mighty who perpetrated it.
Representatives from most of the village's civic and governing entities, along with a wide array of community stakeholders were on hand to hear a Nobel laureate in economics make a forceful case for the cost efficiency and long-term social benefits of helping parents and preschool children develop the skills needed to be successful in school and in life.
It's time for a little appreciation. Most years on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I compile an exhaustive (and exhausting) list of everything I appreciate (including, of course, appreciation, which is easy to lose track of).