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A class-action suit claims the city of Chicago created an administrative hearing process that illegally imposed “tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in fines and penalties” on violations that range from parking in a fire lane to having tinted windows.

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Suit: Chicago Should Refund Drivers Hit With Expensive Tickets

The suit claims tickets and fines over $250 should not go through the city’s administrative hearing process.
July 17, 2018
Olga Bueno, 76, is one of four residents named in a housing discrimination complaint against the Chicago Housing Authority. Bueno said she worries about falling while taking a shower. She is angry that the CHA has not installed grab bars in her bathroom, despite her repeated requests.

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CHA Seniors File Complaint Over Missing Grab Bars

The grab bar complaint is the latest in a series of grievances by CHA residents about the agency’s failure to keep residents safe.
July 16, 2018
A demonstration dose of the medication Suboxone, which is a dissolvable film that helps suppress withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings for people recovering from addiction to opioid drugs.

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Cook County Sheriff Launches Podcast On Opioid Addiction

“Breaking Free: Dispatches from the Opioid Crisis” will release new episodes every month.
July 18, 2018
Then-Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas speaks during a news conference Chicago on April 2, 2014.

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Vallas Returns Campaign Cash From Controversial Donor Tied To CPS Scandal

Former school board member and Emanuel ally Deborah Quazzo had given money to mayoral challenger Paul Vallas.
July 17, 2018
This frame grab from police body cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department shows authorities trying to apprehend a suspect, center, who appeared to be armed, Saturday in Chicago. The suspect was fatally shot by police during the confrontation. Chicago Police Department via AP

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Chicago Police Release Video Of Deadly Shooting

Police released video from an officer's body-worn camera showing the black man shot by Chicago police had a gun in a hip holster.
July 15, 2018
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Five Food And Drink Legacies Of The 1893 World's Fair

Lots of items in your local grocery aisle claim to have been at the 1893 World's Fair. We piece together these savory origin stories.
July 14, 2018
A doctor prepares for surgery at Cook County’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital in Chicago on Aug. 6, 2014.

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Cook County Commissioners Question Health Consultant Hire

Commissioners were surprised to learn their health system board had brought in a national consultant to fix a longstanding money issue.
July 16, 2018
Former President Barack Obama speaks in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the centennial of Nelson Mandela's birth.

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Barack Obama: 'We've Been Through Darker Times'

Former President Barack Obama urged listeners to resist cynicism as he celebrated the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
July 17, 2018
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What Officials Are(n't) Doing About Chicago’s Lead Pipes

Chicago has the nation's most extensive network of lead service lines, but city officials say drinking water is safe.
July 11, 2018
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State Finds $20M More For Preschool; Dozens Of Programs Still Lose Out

The state is sending millions more to districts for preschool after appeals, but dozens of programs are still left out.
July 13, 2018
Students at Burke Elementary School in Washington Park on Chicago's South Side students play outside during recess. Parents and community leaders are questioning why the school's former principal was fired and why they weren’t consulted.

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Controversy Over Firing Of Popular Chicago Public Schools Principal

Parents and community leaders are questioning why former Burke Elementary Principal Jessica Biggs was fired and why they weren’t consulted.
July 13, 2018
Parents and advocates are questioning Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to add new schools and additions in areas not yet overcrowded.

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Who’s Getting School Improvement Money In Chicago?

Parents and advocates question where school improvement money is being spent in Chicago.
July 11, 2018

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