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Report: Existing Evidence ‘Insufficient’ To Prove Hat Belonged To Lincoln

A report on the hat's authenticity encouraged the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum to “soften its claim about the hat.”
September 19, 2018
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Curious City

How Politics Created Chicago’s Lead Water Problem

Chicago continued to use lead pipes long after many cities banned them. We look at the politics and personalities behind it.
September 15, 2018
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16 Shots

Ep 11: Van Dyke’s Police Partner Testifies

The prosecution continued to call witnesses Tuesday, including Jason Van Dyke’s partner the night of the shooting. We bring you more deta...
September 18, 2018
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Morning Shift

Is Chicago Ready For A Third Mayor Daley?

Daley is related to two former Chicago mayors. This week he announced his own candidacy for the job, and spoke with WBEZ's Tony Sarabia.
September 18, 2018

The Trouble


At age 28, Michael unexpectedly committed suicide. Carol and Steve talk about their son’s life and its tragic and unforeseen ending.
September 14, 2018
Dahouk al-Omar, 68, an unregistered Syrian refugee in Lebanon who hopes she can join her son in Chicago, shows old pictures of her family members on Saturday, June 30, 2018.


Chicago Resettlement Programs Hit Hard By Low Refugee Cap

The Trump administration will cap the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. at 30,000 — a blow to Chicago resettlement agencies.
September 18, 2018
An African-American man in a blue shirt with the word's "Chicago Fire Department" on the back speaks to a group of young people standing behind desks


Black Chicago Firefighters Make Headquarters In Old Irish Clubhouse

The Black Fire Brigade hopes its new home ultimately sparks change across the department.
September 14, 2018
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New South Side Exhibit Showcases Black Art From The '60s And '70s

The curator says African-Americans were the majority of artists on Chicago’s South Side but their work didn’t get the attention it deserved.
September 14, 2018
RuPaul and cast and crew accept the award for outstanding reality-competition program for 'RuPaul's Drag Race' during the 70th Emmy Awards.


Emmys 2018 Winners: The Complete List

'GoT', 'SNL,' and 'Westworld' led the Emmy nominations back in July, but it was 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' that took home the most awards.
September 18, 2018
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Changing Seasons, Changing Channels: Nerdette’s Fall TV Preview

From ‘Murphy Brown’ to ‘Kidding’ to ‘Doctor Who’ and more, New York Times TV critic Margaret Lyons reveals the shows she’s excited about.
September 14, 2018
A red light camera is seen at an intersection in Chicago in 2014.


It's Pay Day For The Folks Who Fought Red-Light Camera Tickets

Hundreds of thousands of Chicago drivers have been seeing their share of a multimillion dollar settlement stemming from a lawsuit against...
September 18, 2018
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Percentage Without Health Insurance Grows In Metro Chicago And Illinois

New census data also shows that the Chicago region is getting older and more diverse.
September 13, 2018
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UIC Bucks Trend Of Declining Local University Enrollment

Many public universities in the Chicago area haven’t recovered from enrollment declines that accelerated during the state’s budget impasse.
September 14, 2018
Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson says she wants "to start having honest conversations with community members and not make decisions for them."


CPS Wants Communities To Use New Data To Improve Their Schools

The data shows communities with schools with specialty programs and those without. It also identifies severely under-enrolled schools.
September 14, 2018
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'Don't Make Assumptions' And Other Lessons Students Taught Their Teachers

Four Chicago-area teachers reflect on a valuable lesson learned from one of their students.
September 10, 2018

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