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Putting A Spotlight On Chicago’s LED Streetlights

Do LED lights cause cancer? Can they really reduce crime? One kid is so concerned about LED streetlights that he called Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
May 19, 2018
Tony came to StoryCorps Chicago with his friend Alexis. They met at a camp called Seeds of Peace.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: 'What's The Point Of The Pythagorean Theorem?'

Alexis and Tony go to separate Chicago high schools, but have similar thoughts on how their schools could recognize the pressures they face.
May 18, 2018
Nick Kanehl and Marty Cook

Morning Shift

How A Local Program Helps Young Addicts Recover

Marty Cook says the northwest suburbs saw an “avalanche” of young people seeking recovery programs a few years ago. So he helped create one.
May 18, 2018
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Refueling Advice From Design*Sponge’s Grace Bonney: ‘Ask For Help’

“If you don’t ask for help you end up making the mistakes that I think are more problematic in the long run,” Bonney tells Nerdette.
May 18, 2018
John Ellis stayed in prison a year longer than his sentence said he had to because his disability made it hard to find housing. He’s not alone.


Illinois DOC Keeps People With Disabilities In Prison Beyond Release Dates

Ellis spent an extra year behind bars, because he couldn’t find housing. Halfway houses that accommodate disabilities are in short supply.
May 16, 2018
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Obama Presidential Center Clears First Hurdle

Chicago’s Plan Commission gave the green light to the Obama Presidential Center Thursday after more than six hours of public testimony.
May 17, 2018
CPS CEO Janice Jackson at a Board of Education meeting on January 25, 2017.


State Strips CPS Of Control Of Special Education

A state-appointed monitor will oversee special education in Chicago after a state inquiry finds changes to the program violated federal law.
May 16, 2018
Disabled Chicago Park District Drinking Fountain

Curious City

Park District Shutting Off Hundreds Of Outdoor Fountains

After years of grappling with outdoor fountains’ high lead levels, the Chicago Park District will disable nearly half of them.
May 11, 2018


Got Something To Say About Police Oversight? Here Are The 4 Plans

Starting this week, Chicagoans have a chance to weigh in on what kind of oversight citizens should have over the police.
May 15, 2018

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