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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Feb. 13, 2018, listening to the attorney for his political committee as she explains how she investigated sexual harassment complaints directed at Democratic Party campaign supervisor Kevin Quinn. (AP photo by John O'Connor/ WBEZ photo illustration by Paula Friedrich)

Illinois Elections 2018

#MeToo In Madigan’s Backyard

One of Illinois’ most powerful politicians is accused of mishandling a sexual harassment claim. What now?
February 16, 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

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
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
Chicago police officers pass a memorial portrait of Cmdr. Paul Bauer for a candlelight vigil for Bauer outside the Near North District headquarters Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Chicago. The 53-year-old Bauer, who had been with the department 31 years, was fatally shot as he went to assist other officers who were pursuing the suspect, Shomari Legghette, in downtown Chicago on Tuesday. Legghette is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Bauer.


Prosecutor: Slain Police Commander Was Shot 6 Times

Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Guy Lisuzzo said Thursday tests revealed gun residue on the suspect's right hand and jacket pocket.
February 15, 2018
Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo waits to bat against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Phoenix on Aug. 13, 2017. Rizzo is departing spring training for his home in Parkland, Fla., to offer support in the wake of a deadly shooting at his former high school.


Cubs First Baseman Rizzo Travels To Florida To Offer Support

Rizzo left spring training Thursday for his home in Parkland, Florida, to offer support after a deadly shooting at his former high school.
February 15, 2018
Demonstrators protest the lack of a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which includes so-called DREAMers, last month outside of Federal Plaza in New York City. There is still no deal.


Is The March 5 DACA Deadline Meaningful Anymore?

When it comes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and Congress, no one seems to know what comes next.
February 16, 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
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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
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

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