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This combination of March 20, 2018, file photos shows Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, left, and J.B. Pritzker, his Democratic challenger in the November election.

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Guv Candidates Jab At Each Other Over Taxes, Untruths

The first gubernatorial debate ahead of the November 6 midterm election saw more insult than substance.
September 21, 2018
Navy Pier Flyover

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Navy Pier Flyover Misses Another Target Date

Chicago Department of Transportation officials say the first sections of the project should still open this year despite the setbacks.
September 21, 2018
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Chicago's City Hall on July 25, 2018.

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Does County Democratic Leadership Hamper Or Help Preckwinkle Mayoral Bid?

This week, the president of the Cook County Board threw her hat, and Democratic Party leading role, into the ring for Chicago mayor.
September 21, 2018
Politicized

The Trouble

Politicized

After a police shooting near her home, Ashley became a full-time activist. She confronts the emotional and mental toll it has taken on her.
September 21, 2018
Tinley Park

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Tinley Park’s Affordable Housing Fight Is Over. Will The Village Now Diversify?

The feds sued the suburb after it blocked an affordable housing plan. The village this week took the last major steps to settle the suit.
September 21, 2018
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16 Shots

Ep 14: Analyzing The Prosecution

Our panel of experts reviews the prosecution's case and answers questions about the trial.
September 21, 2018
Former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge departs the Federal Courthouse after the first day of jury selection in his obstruction of justice and perjury trial in 2010 in Chicago.

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Burge’s Legacy Of Police Torture To Last Long After His Death

Some say the death of former Chicago Police Cmmdr. Burge will surely spur a range of emotions, but not closure.
September 20, 2018
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle (left) and attorney Gery Chico (right).

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Two Top Chicago Politicians Jump Into Mayor’s Race

Weeks after Rahm Emanuel’s announcement, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and attorney Gery Chico jumped in the mayoral race.
September 20, 2018
James Lin is an emeritus professor of engineering at University of Illinois at Chicago. He believes weaponized microwave beams are behind the recent sonic attacks against U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba.

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Research By UIC Professor Could Explain Sound Attacks in Cuba

As the FBI investigates possible sound weapons used to hurt U.S. Embassy workers in Cuba, one UIC researcher has an idea of what happened.
September 20, 2018
Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson at a Board of Education meeting on January 24, 2018.

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CPS Falling Short Of Promise To Add Social Workers To Help With Trauma

It was a big deal this summer when Chicago’s schools chief pledged to add 160 social workers. So far, less than a quarter are in place.
September 20, 2018
A collage of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the stovepipe hat that sits in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and text of which a highlighted portion reads "the Museum might want to soften its claim about the hat"

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Report: Existing Evidence ‘Insufficient’ To Prove Hat Belonged To Lincoln

A report on the hat's authenticity encouraged the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to “soften its claim about the hat.”
September 19, 2018
Aileen Rizo

Nerdette

One Woman’s Quest To Fight Pay Disparity

Aileen Rizo was working in education when she learned a male coworker earned far more for equal work. Six years later, her story’s not over.
September 21, 2018
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced earlier this month that he would not be running for re-election.

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Lame-Duck Mayor Faces City Council

Chicago aldermen await some $18 million in police-related settlements and a mayor who’s not seeking re-election.
September 19, 2018
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Curious City

How Politics Created Chicago’s Lead Water Problem

Chicago continued to use lead pipes long after many cities banned them. We look at the politics and personalities behind it.
September 15, 2018
An African-American man in a blue shirt with the word's "Chicago Fire Department" on the back speaks to a group of young people standing behind desks

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Black Chicago Firefighters Make Headquarters In Old Irish Clubhouse

The Black Fire Brigade hopes its new home ultimately sparks change across the department.
September 14, 2018
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Debate Season Begins

The campaign for Illinois governor got personal as candidates met this week for their first debate.
September 21, 2018

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