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A report by the Illinois Department of Public Health is part of a national effort to standardize how maternal deaths are reviewed and prevented.


IDPH Releases First-Ever Report On State’s Maternal Mortality Rate

A new public health report shows black women are six times as likely as white women to die from a pregnancy-related death.
CPS logo shown at the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.


CPS Expected To Get Extra $75M Windfall From City

The school district is slated to get extra cash from special taxing districts called TIFs. CPS likely will use it to avoid some borrowing.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate JB Pritzker addresses the crowd after winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary over a field of five others Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Chicago with lieutenant governor candidate Juliana Stratton.


Staffers’ Lawsuit Alleges Racial Discrimination Within Pritzker’s Campaign

Field workers, nine black and one Latina, claim Pritzker’s campaign is a “cesspool” of racial conflict. Pritzker denies the allegations.
Mather high school hallway


New Grades Coming For Illinois Schools: ‘Exemplary’ To ‘Lowest Performing’

On Oct. 31, each school will receive a performance rating from the state — the first ratings issued under a new federal education law.
Protesters rally during the state budget impasse at the Illinois State Capitol Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in Springfield.

Morning Shift

Will Illinois Change From A Flat Income Tax Rate?

What will it take to get the state’s financial house in order? A look at Illinois’ income tax rate.
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Curious City

Why Doesn’t Chicago Have More Co-Op Grocery Stores?

We learn that, despite the current paucity of food co-ops, the city actually has a strong food co-op history — and there may be more on t...
Daizy Edwards, Dakota Bright's mom, stands on the Park Manor block where her son was fatally shot in 2012.


Chicago Police Board Often Sides With Officers

The appointed Chicago Police Board often takes a light touch with police discipline.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner (left, before the final gubernatorial debate in 2014) and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker (right, before a Democratic primary debate in March 2018).


8-Figure Incomes The Norm In Illinois Gov’s Race

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrat JB Pritzker release their tax returns, and 2017 was a very good year for both of them.
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Illinois Looking To Knock Down Barriers For Incoming Teachers

Faced with a teacher shortage, Illinois wants to smooth the way for would-be teachers, stoking fears of “deprofessionalizing” the field.
Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling place in Chicago on Jan. 27, 2010.


Cook County Judicial Voting Guide

Judges affect prison time, contracts, and divorce. Injustice Watch gives you information to decide which should stay or go.
AG police reform


Why The Next Illinois Attorney General Could Shape Chicago Police Reform

The state’s next top lawyer will “retain a role in the implementation” of CPD reform.
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9 Races In 18 Minutes: Your November Election Audio Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about some of Illinois’ most important races in the 2018 election, all in the time it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee.

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