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How Chicago sorts kids into high schools
Jul. 16, 2014
WBEZ analysis of test scores found few schools in the city enroll a full span of students. Low-scoring and high-scoring students attend completely different high schools. Others enroll a glut of average kids.
Passing through: Union Station as Amish transit hub
Jul. 7, 2014
The nexus of rail lines provides an opportunity to meet our regional neighbors.
Why are we still collecting taxes to curb white flight?
Jun. 11, 2014
In changing Bungalow Belt, ‘outdated’ home equity tax districts are sitting on millions of dollars.
The red X: Myths and meaning
Jun. 10, 2014
The signs, placed on some of Chicago’s most dangerous vacant buildings, are meant to save lives — but is everyone getting the message?
Illinois counting on Cook County program to fix juvenile parole
Jun. 9, 2014
The state is expanding its Aftercare pilot, but experts and data question whether the program is working.
This gif shows just how gerrymandered Chicago is
Jun. 5, 2014
Chicago’s 2nd Ward has grown from one of its least gerrymandered to its most over the past 80 years.
What happened to Chicago's truancy officers?
Jun. 4, 2014
The city nixed the truancy officers decades ago, but the truancy problem — and its consequences — persist. Is there a chance officers could hit the streets again?
Chicago’s inspector general: You can trust police crime stats
Apr. 9, 2014
Audit by Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson finds Chicago police do a pretty good job reporting crime stats.
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