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Which Historical Monuments Have Sparked Controversy In Chicago?

From a statue honoring police to a tribute to Confederate prisoners, these monuments have raised debate over how history is represented.
April 21, 2018
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Confederate Descendants, Protesters Descend On Cemetery

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp Douglas 516 Chicago held its annual memorial at Oak Woods Cemetery on the South Side. Also at the c...
April 22, 2018
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Casino Sale Raises Questions About A Windfall - Or A Conflict - For Pritzker

The proposed sale of an Illinois casino may mean more than $3M for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate and free him of potential confl...
April 20, 2018
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Official: Pop Tax Repeal Could Mean Late Tax Bills, Budget Headaches

Cook County budget cuts after the sweetened beverage tax repeal could mean late property tax bills, leaving government budgets in the lurch.
April 20, 2018
(Left to right) Meitav Aaron, Rory Hayes, and Cleo Shine in a rehearsal for the play 'columbinus' about the Columbine High School shooting at Senn High School on Chicago’s North Side. All three students have been leaders in Senn walkouts against gun violence. (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)


From Columbine To Parkland: Art And Activism

Acting in a theater production about the Columbine shooting deepens a group of Chicago teens’ commitment to fighting gun violence.
April 20, 2018
Parents and teachers speak out about problems with special education at a rally in May 2017 on the South Side.


State: Chicago ‘Delayed and Denied' Special Ed Services For Kids

An inquiry by the Illinois State Board of Education into Chicago’s recent overhaul of special education found “systemic problems.”
April 18, 2018
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StoryCorps Chicago: 'My Mother Held A Lot Of Secrets'

Yvonne Orr-El's father was in a deadly standoff with police that landed him in prison, and her mother was a member of the Black Panthers.
April 20, 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
State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol. Raoul, who is also the Democratic candidate for attorney general, is among lawmakers who say they'll push for stricter mandates around reviews of police shootings in Cook County suburbs.


Lawmakers Seek Broader Reviews Of Suburban Police Shootings

Leading black lawmakers in Illinois are vowing a push to mandate procedural reviews of police shootings in Cook County suburbs.
April 19, 2018
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The Dubious Finances Of Chicago’s Winter Parking Ban

No snow, yes tow: WBEZ analysis highlights the dubious finances of Chicago’s overnight winter parking ban.
April 16, 2018
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Illinois Report Alludes To More Legionnaires’ Cases At Quincy Home

The report says there is the possibility that spikes in pneumonia in 2006 and 2008 could have been related to Legionnaires’.
April 16, 2018
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., arrives at the Capitol for a vote with her new daughter, Maile, on Thursday.


Tammy Duckworth Brings Her Newborn To Senate Floor After Rule Change

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth arrived at the Capitol with her daughter for a vote Thursday after the Senate rule change.
April 19, 2018
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Curious City

The Lakeview Lizard Mound

A Curious City fan asked us about an odd detail on an old Chicago map. Was it really a Native American burial mound?
April 14, 2018

WBEZ Presents

WBEZ’s 10th Annual Chicago Chef Battle

Ten years. Ten chefs. Ten stories.
March 13, 2018

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