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Portrait of Manaja Miller


Illinois Universities Target Students Going Nowhere

Manaja Miller is among the thousands of Illinois students admitted to state universities each year who don’t end up enrolling anywhere.
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Curious City

Where Six Chicago Streets Got Their Names (And Pronunciations!)

Hint: If you want a Chicago street named after you, it helps to know a real estate developer — or be married to one!
Portraits of three members of the Montford Point Marines Association in uniform


The First Black Marines Are At Risk Of Losing Their Chicago Veterans Center

The Montford Point Marines broke barriers as the first black men in the Marines. Now, they face another challenge.
Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune reporter Mary Mitchell, Sun-Times columnist  A.D. Quig, Daily Line political reporter

Morning Shift

WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: Dec. 14, 2018

As you probably noticed, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was at the center of a lot of the week’s news here in Chicago.
Mandë Holford searches for deadly sea snails and harvests their venom in her lab. Peptides in snail venom can be used to treat pain and slow the growth of cancerous liver tumors. (Left: Photo by Denis Finnin/American Museum of Natural History; Right: Ruth Hartnup/Flickr)


Mandë Holford: Killer Snail Hunter

Snail venom is being used to treat pain and slow the growth of cancerous liver tumors. Dr. Mandë Holford is a venomous snail hunter.
Michael Grover was interviewed by his wife, Lea, at StoryCorps Chicago.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: "I Will Die Someday...And That Does Not Scare Me"

When Michael Grover was diagnosed with brain cancer at age 24, he didn’t expect to live much longer. But 11 years later, he's still here.
Russell Ainsworth, Loevy & Loevy attorney


DCFS Sued For 'Warehousing' Children In Psychiatric Hospitals

A class-action lawsuit accuses the state Department of Children and Family Services of keeping kids in psychiatric hospitals too long.
Razor wire lines a walkway at an Illinois prison on Dec. 22, 2009.


He Didn’t Have A Death Sentence, But That’s What He Got

After her son’s death in an Illinois prison, Sheila Fane got a call. Her nephew had now also died behind bars. She went looking for answers.
Ed Burke


Facing Federal Heat, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke Gets Help From Famed Lawyers

After the FBI raided his offices last month, Chicago’s most powerful alderman turned to two former federal prosecutors, sources told WBEZ.
Myaor Rahm Emanuel speaks with reporter Becky Vevea about his top priorities before leaving office.


Emanuel’s Pension Plan Draws Ire Of Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Mayoral candidates largely reject constitutional pension change, but support city casino and recreational marijuana.
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Curious City

Petition Signatures Are Weapons In The Fight For A Spot On Chicago Ballots

Candidates need to gather loads of signatures to secure a space on the ballot. One listener wonders whether that’s fair.
Tents and folding chairs outside Sheridan Park on Friday night mark parents’ places in line. Parents camped out overnight to try to make sure their children would get a place in the Chicago Park District’s after-school program there.


Camping Out For Child Care

Parents brave frosty temperatures for one — or two — of the limited spots in the Chicago Park District's after-school child care program.

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