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Climate Change Is Already Impacting Lake Michigan — Here’s How

Erratic water levels, disappearing beaches — climate change is already affecting Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Here’s what else we can expect.
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10 Things Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Can Do To Combat Climate Change

We asked experts for ideas on how to make Chicago a more sustainable city.
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Lightfoot Adds Gang-Outreach Veteran To New Public Safety Office

Norman Livingston Kerr wants anti-violence ‘sustainability’ but his staff will be tiny until the mayor lifts a freeze on city hiring.
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Palatine Open To Full Transgender Bathroom Rights For Students

An Illinois school district at the center of a national fight over transgender student rights is proposing full access to locker rooms.
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‘You Knew When You Put Bullets In The Gun’

Millions of Americans are impacted by the criminal justice system each year. The Marshall Project and WBEZ are telling their stories.
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Legal Miscalculation In Police Code Of Silence Case Costs Chicago $4.5 Million

Chicago rejected an offer to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit at no cost. The city now owes $1.9 million plus millions in legal fees.
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Nerdette Book Club: Listen To This Before You Read ‘The Testaments’

If you're about to read 'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood — but you don’t want to read it alone — then you’ve come to the right podcast.
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Feds Open Grand Jury Probe Into Influential South Side Pastor

The federal subpoena targets 17 organizations with ties to the Rev. Leon Finney, Jr., who was a close ally of Chicago mayors for decades.
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One Day A Year In Chicago, A Chance To Win A New Porch Or Roof

Chicago’s roof and porch lottery gives lower-income homeowners a chance to get these big-ticket home repairs paid for by the city.
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Trailer: 'Motive,' A New Podcast From WBEZ And The Chicago Sun-Times

New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Motive' is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main of the Chicago Sun-Times.
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Chicago Removed 15,500 Ride-share Drivers For Ticket Debt

This year alone, city policy required Uber and Lyft to suspend more than 15,500 people — about 15% of local ride-share drivers.
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When Can I Go To The Store To Buy A Joint? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

From driving to drug tests — quick hit answers to your questions about legal pot in Illinois.

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