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Inspector General: End Public School Perk For Chicago’s Wealthiest

Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general calls on the school district to end free preschool for students from the richest area in the city.
May 23, 2018
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Woman Sues R. Kelly In New York Alleging Sexual Battery And False Imprisonment

A lawyer for the 20-year-old woman, Faith A. Rodgers, says she is the same person who filed a criminal complaint against Kelly in Dallas.
May 22, 2018
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City Council Cheat Sheet: Obama Center, Police Contract, And Protesters

It could be very crowded at City Hall on Wednesday. Here's why.
May 22, 2018
Dolores French poses with her husband, Richard. Dolores was found dead of Legionnaires' disease in her room at the Quincy veterans' home during the first outbreak in 2015.


Records Show Quincy Home Couldn't Find Woman Who Later Died Of Legionnaires’

Was Dolores French dead for two days before the Rauner administration found her? A coroner says yes, the state says no.
May 18, 2018
Kelvyn Park High School students on a Loop scavenger hunt consult a map at City Hall. The hunt took them to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s fifth floor office where they requested — and received — the mayor’s business card.


Downtown Expedition Helps Teens Make Chicago Their Own

A group of Northwest Side teens call this city home yet rarely leave their community. WBEZ went along as they explored a new Chicago.
May 21, 2018
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Curious City

Putting A Spotlight On Chicago’s LED Streetlights

Do LED lights cause cancer? Can they really reduce crime? One kid is so concerned about LED streetlights that he called Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
May 19, 2018
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Curious City

Park District Shutting Off Hundreds Of Outdoor Fountains

After years of grappling with outdoor fountains’ high lead levels, the Chicago Park District will disable nearly half of them.
May 11, 2018
Chicago closed a record 50 schools in 2013, affecting 11,000 children from those schools. Kayla Porter, 9, walks with her grandmother and mother to her new school on the South Side after the school Kayla had attended the previous school year was closed.


Study: 2013 Chicago School Closings Failed To Help Students

UChicago research finds students from 50 schools that were closed in 2013 aren’t better off academically now, despite promises otherwise.
May 22, 2018
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All Things Considered

To Pressure Lawmakers On Gun Control, A Push To Boycott School

Former Ed Secretary Arne Duncan has an idea to boycott school until reforms are made.
May 21, 2018
John Ellis stayed in prison a year longer than his sentence said he had to because his disability made it hard to find housing. He’s not alone.


Illinois DOC Keeps People With Disabilities In Prison Beyond Release Dates

Ellis spent an extra year behind bars, because he couldn’t find housing. Halfway houses that accommodate disabilities are in short supply.
May 16, 2018
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Refueling Advice From Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney: ‘Ask For Help’

“If you don’t ask for help you end up making the mistakes that I think are more problematic in the long run,” Bonney tells Nerdette.
May 18, 2018

Editor’s List

Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis

As part of a weeklong series, Morning Shift spoke to people who are on the frontlines of the opioid crisis on a daily basis.
May 16, 2018


Got Something To Say About Police Oversight? Here Are The 4 Plans

Starting this week, Chicagoans have a chance to weigh in on what kind of oversight citizens should have over the police.
May 15, 2018

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