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The Illinois Veterans' Home in downstate Quincy provides care for nearly 400 veterans and a final resting place for those who served in the nation's armed forces, dating back to the Civil War. Between August 2015 and last October, bacteria-tainted water has sickened 61 residents and staff with Legionnaires' disease, causing 13 deaths. (Andrew Gill/WBEZ)

WBEZ News

3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home

Since 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home have died from Legionnaires’ disease. Eleven families are suing the state.
December 12, 2017
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WBEZ News

Top Three Challenges For Homegrown Star Taking Over Chicago Schools

The acting CEO is a homegrown star who is expected to be named the permanent chief. But no one thinks she has an easy road ahead.
December 14, 2017
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to media at the Capitol on Dec. 1. Although Corker had voted against the Senate's original version of the tax bill, he says now he has changed his mind after "great thought and consideration." Alex Wong/Getty Images

NPR

Rubio, Corker Give Thumbs Up To Tax Bill, Clearing Roadblock To Passage

The two Republican senators had been holdouts, but now the bill appears on track for passage next week.
December 15, 2017
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Morning Shift

Durbin Says FCC’s Decision On Net Neutrality Might Not Be The Final Call

Illinois’ senior senator says “when the internet community rises up and decides to speak up, Congress will listen.”
December 15, 2017
People are seen walking past the "You Are Beautiful" sign, an art installation by Matthew Hoffman, in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side. Nearly half of the people in this African-American neighborhood live below the poverty line, and many seniors have no idea there are public services that might help them.

NPR

Sometimes It Takes A 'Village' To Help Seniors Stay In Their Homes

This South Side "Village" was created for "older people who did not want to be patronized, isolated, [or] infantilized."
December 15, 2017
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Pop Culture Happy Hour

Star Wars: The Last Jedi and What's Making Us Happy

Writer/director Rian Johnson joins the Star Wars franchise to deliver a chapter that's fast, fun and freewheeling, even as it introduces ...
December 14, 2017

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Chicago Gifts

Morning Shift

Give The Gift Of Chicago: A Holiday Gift Guide For The Chi-Obsessed

The city of Chicago has inspired a number of gifts suitable for loved ones near and far. WBEZ’s Monica Eng shares a few of her favorites.
December 11, 2017

Editor’s List

After The Storm: Stories About Settling In Chicago After Hurricane Maria

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans have arrived in Chicago. WBEZ heard from some of them as they adjusted to a new reality.
November 29, 2017
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Curious City

Is Participatory Budgeting Good For Chicago, Or Just Good PR?

Some wards vote on how to spend some taxpayer money. Does it help spread the wealth or is it just a feel-good exercise?
December 9, 2017
The Foster House and Stable in Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright during a transitional period, before the architect developed his trademark Prairie style.

WBEZ News

The Frank Lloyd Wright Landmark ‘Most People Don’t Know About’

The green and yellow house in the West Pullman neighborhood is a little-known example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work.
December 6, 2017
Simmie Carlton, a 69-year-old package handler for UPS, said he only plans to be at the Uptown men’s shelter while his health recovers and he is on disability leave. While he’s getting back on his feet, Carlton said the shelter has provided critical services, such as doctor referrals.

WBEZ News

Uptown Homeless Shelter Looks Back At Year That Almost Wasn’t

The men’s homeless shelter briefly closed last year, but a last-minute donation kept it open and inspired optimism.
December 4, 2017
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Every Other Hour

In Verse: Shootings Rattle East Garfield Park Residents

Two shootings at the same intersection less than 16 hours apart have some East Garfield Park residents thinking about leaving Chicago.
December 4, 2017
Julie Rodriguez works on homework with her son at their home this fall. After moving from the suburbs last year, Rodriguez says she has struggled to get her son the support he needs at his Chicago Public School.

WBEZ News

CPS’ Secret Overhaul Of Special Ed Led To Big Service Cuts

A secret manual created by CPS tightened access to special education, resulting in cutbacks for neediest students, a WBEZ analysis found.
October 16, 2017

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