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How Illinois Bet On Video Gambling And Lost

The state hoped to generate billions of dollars from video poker. That didn’t happen. Now, legislators want to double down on gambling.
Roberto Escalante


Mexican Street Food In Pilsen Now Includes Sweet Potatoes

With a traditional cart he made himself, a new vendor brings a delicious Mexican treat to the Pilsen neighborhood.
A sign is displayed on a Sears store in Hackensack, N.J.,


Sears Staves Off Liquidation, Stores To Remain Open

The company's largest shareholder and chairman, Eddie Lampert, won a bankruptcy auction in New York, according to a source familiar with ...
chicago censusA Chicago Transit Authority Green Line train travels West away from downtown Chicago. An increasing number of Chicagoans and other Illinois residents are travelling away from the state for Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, Missouri and other states, shows a new WBEZ analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau.


Migration To Other States The Biggest Factor In Illinois’ Population Decline

Indiana, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, and Missouri are the states to which Illinois has suffered the greatest net losses in population.
Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke arrives at a Dec. 14 post-conviction hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Special Prosecutor Joseph McMahon is now arguing Van Dyke should be sentenced to decades in prison. Defense attorneys are pushing for probation.


96 Years Or Probation? Jason Van Dyke’s Attorneys Clash With Prosecutor On Sentencing

A battle over how severely the former Chicago police officer should be sentenced for killing Laquan McDonald begins with dueling briefs.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, left, and Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, shown here in March 20, 2018, were sworn in Monday in a Springfield ceremony.


Pritzker Takes Oath As Illinois Governor, Insists ‘Everything Is Not Broken’

Democrat JB Pritzker uses inaugural speech to push ambitious agenda, fiscal responsibility, bipartisanship. He’s Illinois’ 43rd governor.
Micheail Ward


Gunman Gets 84 Years For Hadiya Pendleton Killing

Micheail Ward is convicted of fatally shooting an honor student a week after she performed at then-President Barack Obama's inauguration.
Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art received word that artifacts from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will be in Evanston in time for the Jan. 26 opening of a new exhibit, despite the federal government shutdown. The artifacts include scoop, boxes, and weights for measuring gold from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire; earnings from Senegal; and gold jewelry ornaments.


Federal Shutdown Won’t Stop Smithsonian Loan To Northwestern Museum

The government shutdown threatened the Block Museum’s upcoming exhibit on medieval African art.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at City Hall on July 25, 2018.


Preckwinkle's Plan Includes Ending Gang Database

Preckwinkle's plan includes ending the gang database, creating a Mayor’s Office of criminal justice, and community oversight of police.
Tuition for Robert Morris University graduate students like Lav Patel will drop by nearly a third starting next month.


Robert Morris University Slashes Graduate School Tuition

Robert Morris is cutting its graduate school tuition by 30 percent to boost applicants and affordability, a growing trend nationally.
Community groups participated in a mayoral forum on neighborhood issues on Saturday.


Neighborhoods Front And Center At Forum For Mayoral Candidates

Hundreds attended a weekend forum aimed on getting candidates’ concrete plans for helping neighborhoods.
In an interview with WBEZ, Illinois Gov.-elect JB Pritzker (seen here in 2018) pulled back the curtain slightly on what he hopes to accomplish during his first 100 days in office.


Taxes, Pot, Minimum Wage: Pritzker Outlines Ambitious First Term Agenda

Democratic Gov.-elect JB Pritzker tells WBEZ he wants to raise the minimum wage to $15, legalize pot, and change the state’s tax structure.
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Curious City

What Was It Like To Dance At The Warehouse Club?

Curious City spends a night at The Warehouse club through the memories of teens who danced there in the 1980s.

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