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The University Of Chicago’s Complicated Relationship With Its Neighbors

Community activists and a university representative reflect on why the relationship has been difficult in the past and where it stands now.
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Chicago Activists Look For New Ways To Oppose Megadevelopments

Opposition and resistance are alive and well among activists who oppose two megadevelopments that have been greenlighted by the city.
Kim Foxx


Cook County Board Could Vote To Allow Probe Of Smollett Case

The change would pave the way for the county’s inspector general to investigate the state’s attorney’s handling of the high-profile case.
Tamayo School is one of Chicago’s 119 charter schools, which are locked in a dispute with Chicago Public Schools over how charter schools should be funded by the school district.


Chicago Public Schools Withholding Millions From Charter Schools

Chicago Public Schools is withholding millions due to charter schools until they agree to a new, potentially less generous funding formula.
Sandra Wooten


Retired Cops Housing Brother On Bail In 1989 Double Murder

Former Chicago officers Sandra and Richard Wooten have a room in their South Side home for her brother James Gibson, who awaits a retrial.
The Cook County Juvenile Center is seen in Chicago in 2015. A new decision from the Illinois Supreme Court offers hope of an earlier release for some serving long sentences for crimes they committed as kids.


IL Supreme Court Finds 40 Years Is Like Life Sentence For Kids

The court offers hope of earlier release for some people serving long sentences for crimes they committed as kids.
Britt Wray Rhino


De-Extinction: How, Why, And What If?

Scientists are working to bring certain extinct animals back to life. It’s a concept full of promise and potential pitfalls.
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Women Curate A Film Fest From Cook County Jail

Female detainees rate short films from all over the world, culminating in a film fest this weekend.
A CTA train travels West away from downtown Chicago in 2017. Census data shows the population in the Chicago metro area fell for the fourth year in a row, losing about 22,000 residents.


Cook County Sees Country’s Largest Population Loss

The population of Cook County population dipped below 2010 levels for the first time this decade.
Obama artist Rob Pruitt


'The Obama Paintings' — All 2,922 Of Them — Arrive In Chicago

A new art exhibit on the South Side portrays every day of the Obama presidency.
Amisha Patel


Chicago Activists Sue City Hall Over Lincoln Yards TIF

Education advocacy groups Raise Your Hand and the Grassroots Collaborative want a preliminary injunction to stop payouts from the TIF.
A nurse prepares a shot at in Atlanta. Doctors in Illinois say kids who are covered by the state-run Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP, are vulnerable to a measles outbreak because some physicians stopped vaccinating them after a major policy shift by the Rauner administration in 2016 made it too expensive.


Illinois Doctors To Pritzker: State Rules Could Trigger Measles Outbreak

Dozens of Illinois doctors signed a letter warning of a potential measles outbreak if children on CHIP health insurance aren’t vaccinated.
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At UIC, Students Study ‘Unstoppable’ Technology Of Self-Driving Cars

The course is the first in Chicago where students study transportation planning, control systems and the ethics of self-driving cars.

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