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Liam Ford
Reporter/Writer
My Role

I'm a reporter and sometime rewrite at the Tribune's Breaking News Center. We keep an eye on breaking stories, take quick information on breaking stories from reporters in the field and watch out for what our competition knows that we don't--but should.
My Biography

I'm a native of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, and now live on the Far North Side with my wife and two children. I've been at the Tribune since early 1998 and with the Breaking News Center since late 2008. From March 1998 to early 2001 I worked mostly with Tribune columnist John Kass and earned the nickname "Slim." From 2001-2004 I covered the renovation of Soldier Field as part of my beat reporting on the Chicago Park District; my book on the history of the stadium, "Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City," was published in October 2009. Before coming to the Tribune, I was a reporter, rewrite and sometime radio news editor with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago for several years; I started my career as a reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama. My family's been in Chicago since at least 1857. I'm the eldest of eight siblings.
My Interests

I read and write about history and politics. Much of my free time is spent with my wife and kids at various Chicago parks and museums. As part of my interest in Chicago history, I sometimes take photos of buildings that are about to be torn down, and I collect old photographs of Chicago buildings. I keep bees.
My Recent Articles

Lawsuit over naked crime scene photos headed for trial 4/21/2015
A lawsuit alleging that the Cook County Sheriff's Office improperly removed the clothing from the body of a young woman and took roadside nude photographs after an accident is scheduled for trial next Monday, court records show.

Police: Man shot in back dies, 2nd man injured in separate shooting 4/21/2015
A man who was shot Monday afternoon on the South Side has died, and another shooting left a man injured, police said.

Trucker gets three years in prison for fatal I-88 crash 4/20/2015
A trucker who fell asleep behind the wheel and caused a devastating accident near Aurora that killed a tollway worker and severely injured a state trooper was sentenced Monday to three years in prison.

Judge says Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 ethics fine 4/20/2015
Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios doesn't have to pay $10,000 in fines leveled against him for hiring his relatives shortly after taking office, a judge has ruled.

Retired bishop recounts Cardinal George's final moments 4/20/2015
On the morning he died, Cardinal Francis George watched with eyes wide open as retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Goedert anointed him with oil and bestowed the sacrament of the sick, commonly called last rites. Both men knew the cardinal was preparing to die.