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How Chicago’s New Budget Could Affect You In 2018 — And Beyond

With a new city budget for 2018 comes higher taxes and fees on everything from phone lines to concert tickets to Lyft and Uber rides.
November 20, 2017
A portrait of Harold Washington and other pioneering African-Americans on the Wall of Respect mural at 47th and Champlain.

Morning Shift

What's That Building? 8 Sites Named After Mayor Harold Washington

More buildings and parks in the city are named after Washington than any other mayor. Washington died 30 years ago this week.
November 21, 2017
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Curious City

Why Do So Many Kids Learn To Play The Recorder?

The recorder often inflicts squeaky torture on parents. Music teacher Valerie DePriest explains why it became a staple in music education.
November 19, 2017
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Black Lives Matter Takes On Hunger With New Food Box

Riffing on little free libraries, Black Lives Matter Chicago is trying a simple approach to fighting hunger.
November 20, 2017
Daveed Diggs


Daveed Diggs Does All The Things

The former ‘Hamilton’ star talks about his new film, ‘Wonder,’ and also his TV show, his rap group, and why he can text Busta Rhymes.
November 17, 2017
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Curious City

Without Native Americans, Would We Have Chicago?

Names like Marquette and Joliet are cited in history books. But it was Native Americans who first set Chicago on a path to develop into a major metropolis.
November 12, 2017
Marco Proano


How A Chicago Cop Sentenced To Prison Could Affect The Van Dyke Trial

Marco Proano was sentenced to five years in prison for shooting into a car of black teens. His lawyer is also representing Jason Van Dyke.
November 20, 2017
A Guatemalan immigrant carves the Thanksgiving turkey in November 2016 in Stamford, Conn.


Americans Say To Pass The Turkey, Not The Politics, At Thanksgiving This Year

A new poll says slightly more Americans dread having to talk politics around the dinner table this holiday than last year.
November 21, 2017
Black and white image of the the Illinois state Capitol building overlaid with a yellow female gender icon and a green dollar bill icon


How 3 Women Want To Make Illinois’ Political Future Female

Want more women in positions of power? Raise more money, say the leaders of three new political action committees.
November 15, 2017
A new Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility on this site in Conroe, Texas, will house up to 1,000 immigrants at a cost of $44 million a year to U.S. taxpayers.


Big Money As Private Immigrant Jails Boom

The Trump administration called five new detention facilities to be built and operated by private prison corporations.
November 21, 2017
Homes in the Old Irving Park neighborhood, where the Northwest Home Equity Assurance Program was established in the 1980s. (Flickr/artistmac)


Northwest Side Homeowners Can’t Make Use Of $9M Of Their Money

A fund that started growing in the 1980s could be helping owners make home improvements.
November 10, 2017
Johnson Publishing building


The Fading Extravagance Of The Johnson Publishing Building

The iconic building, formerly home to ‘Jet’ and ‘Ebony,’ could receive landmark status, but its once grandiose interior is vanishing.
November 6, 2017

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