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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
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Illinois’ Prison Population Is Dropping Dramatically. Here’s Why

An noted professor who tracks prison population data says he predicts the number of people incarcerated in Illinois will keep falling.
February 19, 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, mourners remembered him as a model officer.
February 17, 2018
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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
Costumed viewers pose before watching Black Panther in Nairobi, Kenya, on Wednesday.


'Black Panther' Breaks Records And Barriers In Debut Weekend

Steeped in cultural significance, the film opened to $192 million domestically, the biggest February debut ever, said Disney.
February 19, 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
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CHART: How Have Your Members Of Congress Voted On Gun Bills?

Search members of Congress by state to find out how they have voted on key gun legislation in recent years.
February 19, 2018
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Curious City

Why ‘For Sale’ Signs Are Banned In Oak Park

The village insists a decades-old rule to fight blockbusting continues to protect a precious suburban commodity: diversity.
February 17, 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
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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