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A sign announcing a closing hangs above a Sears store on in Chicago last year. Sears filed for bankruptcy on Monday, after failing to make a $134 million debt payment.


Sears, Drowning In Red Ink, Finally Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

The filing could mark the end of the struggling retailer, which has been an American institution since the late 19th century.
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Curious City

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on t...
Julie Thompson interviewed Carl “Butch” O’Neill at Lincoln Park Community Services in Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: “I Had To Give Myself A Second Chance”

Carl “Butch” O’Neil was ready for a change when he met case manager Julie Thompson at the Lincoln Park Community Services homeless shelter.
Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling place in Chicago on Jan. 27, 2010.


Cook County Judicial Voting Guide

Judges affect prison time, contracts, and divorce. Injustice Watch gives you information to decide which should stay or go.
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Why The Next Illinois Attorney General Could Shape Chicago Police Reform

The state’s next top lawyer will “retain a role in the implementation” of CPD reform."
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (pictured at left before the final gubernatorial debate in 2014) and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker (seen at right before a Democratic primary debate in March 2018) participated Wednesday in the second debate before the November 2018 election for Illinois governor.


‘Sorry For Your Loss’: Rauner Apologizes To Legionnaires’ Families In Final Debate

Gov. Bruce Rauner clashed with Democratic Challenger JB Pritzker during their final debate before the Nov. 6 election.
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On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

9 Races In 18 Minutes: Your November Election Audio Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about some of Illinois’ most important races in the 2018 election, all in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.
Chicago Police


Chicago Cop Who Killed 15-year-old Dakota Bright Will Keep His Job

The Chicago Police Board decided Thursday night that a 2012 fatal police shooting followed department rules. Chicago's top cop disagreed.
Parents and children attended the circus on Columbus Day. UniverSoul will continue its one month residency in Chicago’s Washington Park.


The World’s Only African-American-Owned Circus Has Residency In Chicago

UniverSoul Circus was created to provide entertainment for inner city families.

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