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Chicago Schools Monitoring Student Social Media See Violence Drop

In schools where school district officials monitored student social media posts, teens were at a lower risk of being shooting victims.
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Mobile Cupcake Vendor Brings Battle Against Chicago To State’s High Court

Lawyers for a food truck owner will make their case in front of the state Supreme Court.
A collection of words like "school closings, housing, jobs, police" surrounding the question "What about race?"


What Can Chicago Do About The Racist Effects Of Segregation?

In Seattle, Austin, and Baltimore, politicians and policymakers look at a decision’s racial impact before spending public dollars.
Workers for the Transportation Security Administration at Midway Airport organized a food distribution center to help colleagues this week. As the government shutdown continues, many say they are facing financial hardship that makes it difficult to feed their families.


Federal Workers In Chicago Band Together To Spread Aid

Security workers at Midway Airport are helping each other make it through lean times caused by the partial government shutdown.
On Jan. 15, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census, but local advocates say the fear the debate has stirred up could impact participation rates.


Fears May Lead Some Immigrants To Avoid The 2020 Census

Anti-immigrant rhetoric and past uses of the census for immigration enforcement have some immigrants fearful of the 2020 census.
Nicholas Bade is shown being sworn into the U.S. Air Force on Dec. 18, 2018.


Transgender Chicagoan Will Continue To Pursue Military Service

A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court will allow the Trump administration’s ban on transgender military personnel.
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Curious City

Buying Black: Then And Now

From boycotts to hashtags, Curious City traces the history of a 150-year-old message urging the black community to support black businesses.
Quincy Veterans Home


Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Orders Review Of All State Veterans’ Homes

The review of health and safety practices follows a WBEZ investigation into repeated Legionnaires’ outbreaks at a state-run veterans’ home.
In this Dec. 14, 2018, file photo, former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, appears for a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, in Chicago. Attorneys in the case of the former Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald are making their final arguments to a judge who will impose the sentence the week of Jan. 14, 2019.


Van Dyke Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison For The Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The former officer was sentenced to nearly seven years for the 2014 death of a black teenager.
Evanston Township High School in north suburban Evanston.


Alleged Sex Abuse Lawsuit Settled By Evanston High School

The complaint claimed the school knew that a former teacher was allegedly sexually abusing male students.
A neon sign that reads "Video Gaming Play Here"


How Illinois Bet On Video Gambling And Lost

The state hoped to generate billions of dollars from video poker. That didn’t happen. Now, legislators want to double down on gambling.

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Part 1: Spare The Rod

After Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested, he got a 14-year prison sentence. Under President Trump, there's a chance he will get out early.
Ray Gomez was interviewed by his husband, Alex Ewers, at StoryCorps in Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: “You Learned About Love From A Nun?”

Ray Gomez was always attracted to men, but it wasn’t until he read the poems of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz that he understood love.

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