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The Morning Drive Podcast: Thursday

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Good morning!

Welcome to this edition of the Morning Drive Podcast! In today’s episode, we look into how both the city and state will be chipping in for new charter school buildings.

But first, some news:

A local bank that was successor to the failed ShoreBank is expanding its footprint on the South Side of Chicago.

When 16-year-old Gabby Douglas helped the U.S. gymnastics women’s team capture a gold medal she became an instant celebrity. But the loudest cheers may have come from friends and family in Gary, Indiana where her mother Natalie Hawkins used to live and her grandfather, Theodore Hawkins, still does.

Featured in the podcast:

The United Neighborhood Organization is building a new school with part of a $98 million state grant it got in 2009. But if Chicago Public Schools approves its current budget proposal, Chicago taxpayers will pay another $400,000 year after year for this building.


And your WEATHER for today: Partly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly in the north suburbs. Highs in the lower 90s except upper 80s near the lake. Tonight, partly cloudy, lows from near 70 in the outlying areas to the mid 70s downtown. Then Friday, partly cloudy, highs in the lower 90s except upper 80s near the lake. Friday night, partly cloudy, lows from the lower 70s in the outlying areas to mid 70s downtown.

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