Ray Daniels inspects a glass of beer. A Chicago brewer, Daniels started the Cicerone training program five years ago.
(Johnny Knight/Courtesy of Ray Daniels)
August 24, 2013

Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

If you've been to a fancy restaurant, you've probably seen a sommelier — those wine experts who make sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don't want a chardonnay or pinot? What if you want a nice cold beer?


pension committee
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
August 23, 2013

Possible Pension Fix Could Save Illinois $145B

A bipartisan panel tasked with solving Illinois' multibillion-dollar pension crisis is considering a framework that could save the state about $145 billion over 30 years.


Nidal Hasan
(AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)
August 23, 2013

Fort Hood Shooter Found Guilty On All Counts

A military jury has returned a guilty verdict on multiple counts of murder and attempted murder against Maj. Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist accused in the November 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood.


Robert Rumbelow
(L. Brian Stauffer)
August 23, 2013

U of I Bands Director Quits Amid Investigation

The University of Illinois' director of bands has resigned amid an investigation into the sale of more than $50,000 worth of school musical instruments.


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