Chicagoans are understandably proud that their city was the birthplace of the skyscraper in the 19th century, but few know that in the 1830s, Irish immigrants dug the Illinois & Michigan Canal that assured the growth of the frontier town on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Cities rarely ask the child’s eternal question, “Where did I come from?” but Dublin filmmakers Bonnie Dempsey and David O’Sullivan have given it serio(...)

Police officers salute at a vigil for Fox Lake police lieutenant Charles Joseph Gliniewicz in Fox Lake, Illinois, in September. Photograph: Reuters

The fatal shooting of a police lieutenant made national news in the United States and brought a stretch of northern Illinois to a tense standstill wit(...)

Pallbearers carry the casket of Sandra Bland during the funeral service in the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs. Photograph: Reuters

Hundreds of people have attended the funeral of Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail cell days after she was arrested following a mi(...)

A woman places a bouquet of roses at a memorial for Sandra Bland near Prairie View A&M University on Tuesday. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Authorities in the US have insisted that a patrol car video showing the arrest of a black motorist, who was later found dead in a jail cell, was not e(...)

Anybody who thinks he or she knows about cinema thinks he or she knows about Orson Welles. At the time of his death in 1985 it was fashionable to a(...)

Echt by Bedwyr Williams

Echt – Bedwyr Williams **** AIB Éigse Open Submission 2015 **** Post-Electric: Gimme More; Exchange; and Database ***** Visual, Carl(...)

Wuhan:  defiant individualistic streak. Photograph: Reuters

Wuhan, the capital city of central China’s Hubei province, is often called the Chicago of China, because of its geographical position and industry – b(...)

Dennis Hastert, speaker of the US House of Representatives from 1999-2007, allegedly paid an individual from his hometown of Yorkville $3.5 million (€3.2 million) to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct”. File photograph: Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images

Former speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has been charged with lying to the FBI and evading banking laws over the alleged paym(...)

Senators Kathy Campbell and Ernie Chambers celebrate after Republican governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of a bill to ban the death penalty was overridden. Photograph: Andrew Dickinson/The New York Times

Nebraska became the 19th American state to outlaw the death penalty and the first traditionally controlled by conservatives to repeal capital punishm(...)

 Carbery said price volatility in the food industry this year would be heavily influenced by post-quota milk volumes. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Carbery, one of the State’s largest food and ingredients companies, is expecting to increase production by 10-15 per cent this year in the absence of(...)