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Liam Ford
Source editor
My Role

I'm a source editor and reporter on the Tribune's Breaking News desk. 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

Ken Griffin, Illinois' richest man, settles contentious divorce case 10/7/2015
Billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, have settled their 14-month-old divorce case, a day after a public trial over their prenuptial agreement was set to begin. News of the settlement was announced by a Cook County Circuit Court administrator on Wednesday morning. ...

State panel recommends pain, osteoarthritis for medical pot list 10/7/2015
An Illinois panel voted Wednesday to recommend that medical marijuana be available for people who suffer from four different pain conditions, osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. The Medical Cannabis Advisory Board voted to add chronic pain syndrome, chronic post operative pain, intractable...

Fire officials: Renovation work touched off extra-alarm fire in century-old church 10/7/2015
Ravaged by fire and time, St. Gelasius Church in Woodlawn had been shuttered for more than a year when a demolition crew arrived to shut off power and gas so they could start work in the summer of 2003.But they were spotted by Sister Connie Driscoll, who ran a shelter next door and rushed out to...

Man charged in Lawndale shooting that left 2 dead 10/7/2015
A West Side man was charged Wednesday morning in an August shooting that fatally wounded two people in the city's Lawndale neighborhood. Laquan King, 20, of the 1400 block of South Ridgeway Avenue was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Caprice McCollum Jr.,...

Plano man killed in Yorkville crash 10/7/2015
A Tuesday evening motorcycle crash claimed the life of a Plano man after he collided with a minivan in Yorkville, police said. The crash occurred around 5:20 p.m. on Fox Road near the entrance of the Hoover Educational Center. According to police, a 51-year-old man was riding his motorcycle westbound...