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The Illinois Veterans' Home in downstate Quincy provides care for nearly 400 veterans and a final resting place for those who served in the nation's armed forces, dating back to the Civil War. Between August 2015 and last October, bacteria-tainted water has sickened 61 residents and staff with Legionnaires' disease, causing 13 deaths. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ)


3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home

Since 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven families are suing the state.
December 12, 2017
At his church on Tuesday, Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson defended himself against accusations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in January 2013.


Kentucky Lawmaker Dies In Apparent Suicide

Rep. Dan Johnson has apparently taken his own life following accusations of sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl.
December 14, 2017
Chicago Gifts

Morning Shift

Give The Gift Of Chicago: A Holiday Gift Guide For The Chi-Obsessed

The city of Chicago has inspired a number of gifts suitable for loved ones near and far. WBEZ’s Monica Eng shares a few of her favorites.
December 11, 2017
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Curious City

Is Participatory Budgeting Good For Chicago, Or Just Good PR?

Some wards vote on how to spend some taxpayer money. Does it help spread the wealth or is it just a feel-good exercise?
December 9, 2017
Smaller Size Image: Two men talk in front of the 119-year-old Saint Anthony Hospital on 19th Street in Chicago's Marshall Square neighborhood, in October 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Chicago Hospital First To Sue Over Bad Rating

Saint Anthony Hospital executives insisted a “C” grade affected their bottom line. Now they are suing to get it changed.
December 11, 2017
John Hodgman Nerdette


Why Does John Hodgman Like Malört So Much?

The comedian sat down with Nerdette and an official from Jeppson's Malört to talk about the lovingly-reviled Swedish liqueur.
December 8, 2017

Featured Events

Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

The Foster House and Stable in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during a transitional period, before the architect developed his trademark Prairie style.


The Frank Lloyd Wright Landmark ‘Most People Don’t Know About’

The green and yellow house in the West Pullman neighborhood is a little-known example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work.
December 6, 2017
An infant grasps volunteer Kathleen Jones' hand in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Morning Shift Podcast

Med Students In Chicago Rally For Child Health Care Reauthorization

First-year University of Chicago med students are rallying to pressure legislators to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
December 13, 2017
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has started the process to roll back Obama-era regulations for Internet service providers. The agency is scheduled to vote on Thursday on whether to reverse regulations of whether all web traffic should be treated equally.


As FCC Prepares Net-Neutrality Vote, Study Finds Millions of Fake Comments

The federal agency is about to decide if all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Some are calling for a delay on the vote.
December 14, 2017

Editor’s List

After The Storm: Stories About Settling In Chicago After Hurricane Maria

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans have arrived in Chicago. WBEZ heard from some of them as they adjusted to a new reality.
November 29, 2017
Simmie Carlton, a 69-year-old package handler for UPS, said he only plans to be at the Uptown men’s shelter while his health recovers and he is on disability leave. While he’s getting back on his feet, Carlton said the shelter has provided critical services, such as doctor referrals.


Uptown Homeless Shelter Looks Back At Year That Almost Wasn’t

The men’s homeless shelter briefly closed last year, but a last-minute donation kept it open and inspired optimism.
December 4, 2017
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Every Other Hour

In Verse: Shootings Rattle East Garfield Park Residents

Two shootings at the same intersection less than 16 hours apart have some East Garfield Park residents thinking about leaving Chicago.
December 4, 2017

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