Inmates continue to be held in a gym at a prison in Southern Illinois because of deteriorating conditions.At the beginning of September the ceiling in a cell block at Vandalia state prison collapsed, forcing administrators to move 88 men to the gym where they've been living since.
An Obama administration official says the federal government is going to buy a state prison in Illinois as a facility that will hold high-security inmates.The official said no detainees from Guantanamo Bay will be transferred to the under-used state prison in Thomson, 150 miles west of Chicago.
Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are scheduled to vote on the proposed contract reached after a seven-day strike last month.The strike left more than 350,000 students out of class across Chicago. The teachers walked out Sept.
On Tuesday's Morning Shift, WBEZ history blogger John Schmidt recalls the first televised presidential debates, which happened right here in Chicago, and quizzes listeners on presidential debate trivia.