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Curious City

Are College Sports Teams Paid For Patriotic Tributes?

A 2015 Senate investigation found that the DOD did in fact pay college sports teams to stage patriotic tributes at games. Curious City finds out whether they still do.
December 16, 2017
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Every Other Hour

To Slow Gun Violence, ‘Let Young People Lead The Conversation’

Young Chicagoans say addressing the city’s gun violence will take jobs, empathy, and trust in their generation.
December 15, 2017
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)


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
Janice Jackson


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
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.


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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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

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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.


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
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.


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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