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Curious City

Get A Piece Of This: 9 Chicago Pizza Mysteries Solved

You asked about square slices, where the pepperoni goes, and the origins of the pizza puff. We dish it deep on nine questions you kneaded to know.
February 18, 2018
Paul Bauer Funeral


Mourners: Slain Chicago Officer Was 'One Of The Good Guys'

Commander Paul Bauer, 53, was gunned down Tuesday in downtown Chicago. At his funeral Saturday, mourners remembered him as a model officer.
February 17, 2018
Madigan Sexual Harassment


Madigan Says He's Taking Steps To End Harassment, Abuse

"We haven't done enough," Madigan said in a letter to Democratic caucus members Friday.
February 17, 2018
Harold Washington and Barack Obama

Making Obama

Chicago Politics Ain’t Beanbag

The fall of Chicago’s “machine” politics, the rise of Mayor Harold Washington, and what a young Barack Obama learned from watching it all.
February 15, 2018
Ilene Chaiken is a writer and television producer best known for her work as an executive producer for Fox's 'Empire' and Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale,' and for co-creating Showtime's 'The L Word.'


From ‘Empire’ To ‘The L Word,’ How A Creative Boss Gets It Done

Ilene Chaiken is an executive producer of TV shows that bring minority voices to the mainstream. Here’s how she does it.
February 16, 2018
Flowers, candles, and small notes sit in the snow Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, on the campus of Northern Illinois University near Cole Hall, the scene where a lone gunman shot and killed six Thursday on the NIU in DeKalb, Ill.


10 Years After NIU, Shooting Survivor Reflects On Florida Tragedy

The 10th anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University now sits parallel with another mass shooting at a Florida high school.
February 15, 2018
A pedestrian in Englewood had to walk on unplowed streets on Sunday after a weekend of winter storms blanketed Chicago in over a foot of snow.


When It Snows, Chicago Police Ticket Minority Communities More

South Side neighborhoods get hit with a disproportionate number of winter-related tickets, a WBEZ data analysis finds.
February 12, 2018
Around the country, there has been recent scrutiny around reading materials incarcerated people can receive in prison.


My Book Is Banned In Illinois Prisons — I Tried To Figure Out Why

What books and magazines are banned in Illinois prisons? As WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore found out, the list is 305 pages long.
February 8, 2018
From left, ice hockey player and Sochi silver medalist Kendall Coyne of Palos Heights, bobsledder and Sochi bronze medalist Aja Evans of Chicago, and ski jumper Michael Glasder of Cary who is competing in his first Olympics. (AP Photos by Nam Y. Huh, Rick Bowmer, and Matthias Schrader)


Every Illinois Olympian And When They’re Competing

There are a dozen Winter Olympians from Illinois. Here’s all of them, and when to watch them compete.
February 7, 2018

WBEZ Presents

Making Obama

The story of former President Barack Obama's journey from Chicago to the national stage — from advisers, rivals, and Obama himself.
January 19, 2018
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Learn More About The Illinois Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

We're hosting a forum for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates on March 1. Submit your questions and find tickets here.
February 12, 2018

Elections 2018

Your Guide To Illinois’ 2018 Elections

Stay up to date on the biggest Illinois and Chicago election news ahead of the March primary.
February 2, 2018

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