Scaremongers have been honking at a fever pitch ever since the U.S. Census Bureau released data in March showing a second year of declining population for the Chicago area. “Depopulation is killing this city, and it’s all self-inflicted,” tweeted Dominic Lynch, a contributor to Chicagoly. Curbed Chicago posted an open thread asking readers to comment on whether they planned to bolt, too.
A fired curator of archeology and anthropology at the Field Museum has settled a federal gender-discrimination lawsuit against the museum. Anna Roosevelt, whose research has challenged fundamental assumptions about the evolution of human society, sued the museum in February 2003. Roosevelt and the Field Museum declined to provide terms of the settlement, issuing a joint statement saying the confidential resolution had been reached amicably.
In December 2011, before sentencing Rod Blagojevich to 14 years in prison, U.S. District Judge James Zagel scolded the former governor not only for disappointing the people of Illinois but also for destroying careers and lives along the way. Blagojevich's lawyers had argued his advisers failed their boss by not adequately steering the governor in moral and legal directions.