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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
Protesters in Beirut waved the Palestinian flag Sunday in response to President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The move marked a dramatic shift from decades of American foreign policy.

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Anti-Trump Protests Flare In Beirut Near The US Embassy

The demonstrators are responding to President Trump's decision last week to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of...
December 10, 2017
A firefighter battles a wildfire at Faria State Beach in Ventura, Calif., Thursday.

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Firefighters Gain Ground On SoCal Wildfires Even As Winds Continue To Vex

The Santa Ana winds gave firefighters a small reprieve but were expected to pick up once again. Air quality was at hazardous levels in so...
December 9, 2017
Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool (left) on Friday announced his resignation. Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson was named interim CEO.

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool Resigns, Janice Jackson Taking Over

Claypool announces his departure one day after the school system’s inspector general called for him to be fired.
December 8, 2017
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Chicago To Pay $31 Million To 4 Wrongly Convicted For Rape, Murder

The city of Chicago has agreed to pay $31 million to four men imprisoned for 15 years for a rape and murder they didn't commit.
December 9, 2017
Institutions of Higher Earning

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Institutions of Higher Earning

Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuiti...
December 8, 2017

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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
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.

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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
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.

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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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Morning Shift

What's That Building? 4800 S. Ellis Ave.

A historic Kenwood mansion on the city's South Side was a detention center for those deemed a threat to national security in the 1940s.
December 7, 2017

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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
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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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