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A participant of the Restorative Justice Community Court shares his experiences in the program. His is one of 44 cases seen by the court since last August. (Sebastián Hidalgo/City Bureau)


This Chicago Court Uses Peace Circles To Dole Out Justice

Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans says the experimental court focuses on healing instead of punishment.
June 19, 2018
Seniors march out of the Chicago Housing Authority headquarters


Seniors Express Frustrations With Broken Elevators At CHA Meeting

Protesters disrupted a Chicago Housing Authority board meeting, calling for fixes to chronic problems with elevators in public housing.
June 19, 2018
An image of Rahm Emanuel, Garry McCarthy and Dean Angelo's signatures on the city of Chicago's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police


Why Chicago Police Reform Could Hinge On This Expired Contract

An expired contract with Chicago’s police union could affect efforts to increase oversight of CPD after Laquan McDonald.
June 18, 2018
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at a news conference in Chicago on Jan. 26, 2012.


Preckwinkle: $82M Budget Hole Means ‘Difficult Choices’ For Cook County

Cook County leaders might have to brace for more painful cuts, less than a year after hundreds of layoffs.
June 19, 2018
A photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows the interior of a CBP facility in McAllen, Texas, on Sunday. Immigration officials have separated thousands of families who crossed the border illegally. Reporters taken on a tour of the facility were not allowed by agents to interview any of the detainees or take photos, the AP reported.


What We Know: Family Separation And 'Zero Tolerance' At The Border

The Trump administration has a policy of separating families at the border, which means children are detained at Border Patrol facilities...
June 19, 2018
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Curious City

How Pollution Seeped Into The Lives Of East Chicago Residents

When pollution invaded Ezell Foster’s East Chicago neighborhood, he found himself stuck between industry and a bureaucracy.
June 16, 2018

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The United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, seen earlier this year during a presentation on the conflict in Syria. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador Nikki Haley announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the council.


U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council

"I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from human rights commitments," U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday.
June 20, 2018
University of Chicago Lab School seventh-grader Zara Baig records on a machine, known as a recording lathe, that in the 1920s, allowed Americans to record themselves for the first time.


Students Record On The Machine That Democratized Music

Recording music wasn’t always as easy as clicking a button, as some Chicago middle school students recently learned.
June 15, 2018
A sign at Humboldt Park Beach tells swimmers about the yellow flag atop the lifeguard stand on May 28, 2018.


Why Don’t Chicago Beaches Have A Poop Threshold?

Fecal bacteria at 12th Street Beach skyrocketed Sunday — exceeding federal warning levels by nearly 100 times — but the beach wasn’t closed.
June 15, 2018
Hamilton House


Retired Homicide Detective Builds A Family Of Foster Kids

Over 70 foster children have found a home — and a father — at this retired homicide detective’s Chicago home.
June 15, 2018
Dame Stephanie Shirley changed her name to Steve Shirley shortly after starting her software business in the early 1960s. "It was my first bit of strategic marketing," she says. (Photo courtesy of Dame Steve Shirley / Illustration by Paula Friedrich)


Breaking The Tech Industry’s Glass Ceiling … In 1962

“We were memorable,” says Dame Steve Shirley of her female-majority software company that broke into the tech boys club.
June 15, 2018
Brazil's Neymar celebrates scoring against Paraguay at a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, March 28, 2017.


8 Great Places To Watch World Cup 2018 In Chicago

What’s that in the distance? A vuvuzela? Yup, the World Cup is coming, and there are plenty of awesome places in Chicago to watch the games.
June 14, 2018

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