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Two Chicago police officers arrived with representatives from the Department of Family and Social Services and Streets and Sanitation Workers to take Smith and Moore’s tent on a rainy day in late July. The officers told WBEZ that tents are not allowed in the central business district.


Where Can Homeless People Pitch Tents In Chicago?

Chicago’s rules on if homeless people can live in tents — and where — are confusing and inconsistently applied.
October 23, 2017
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to reporters after meeting with legislative leaders during veto session in Springfield, Ill. on Nov. 16, 2016.


4 Takeaways From Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Re-election Launch

Dressed in a leather jacket and perched atop his Harley Davidson, Gov. Bruce Rauner made his re-election announcement Monday in a YouTube...
October 23, 2017
Chicago photographer Dawoud Bey was selected as a 2017 winner of the MacArthur Foundation's so-called genius grants, which includes $625,000.

Morning Shift

Photos: MacArthur ‘Genius’ Dawoud Bey Calls The Award An ‘Affirmation’

Known for his portrait work, Dawoud Bey called his recently-awarded "genius" grant an "affirmation and validation" of 42 years of work.
October 23, 2017
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Curious City

Why Some Chicago Cemeteries Are Changing Their Rules About Bicycles

The answer has to do with shifting ideas about bikes and the proper way to mourn the dead.
October 22, 2017
Richard Posner


Posner: ‘I’m Forming Nationwide Pro-Bono Group’

A pledge by former federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner to spend his retirement helping people in court who lack an attorney is star...
October 23, 2017
President Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images


After Controversy Over Condolence Calls, Can Trump Refocus?

The president once again got mired in a controversy of his own creation. He has a chance to move on, but can he?
October 23, 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
Tara Williams walks her son to school on a fall morning. Williams has spent six months fighting to get her son the special needs services she says he needs from his West Side elementary school.


At CPS, More Special Education Dollars Go To White, Wealthier Students

Schools with larger white populations spent up to $3,000 more per student than mostly black and Latino schools.
October 18, 2017
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Voter Advocates Push Illinois To Exit Multistate Database

Voter rights advocates point to unanswered questions of accuracy, security and voter suppression with the multistate database.
October 21, 2017
Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli (left) won Food Network's 'Iron Chef' competition in 2012. On this week's Nerdette podcast, Guarnaschelli gave some cooking tips to French-Israeli actress Yael Grobglas (right), who plays Petra on the CW's 'Jane the Virgin.' (Diane Bondareff, AP Images for The J.M. Smucker Company / Nino Muñoz, Courtesy of The CW Network)


Jane The Virgin’s Yael Grobglas Meets Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

Grobglas tells us why she was initially hesitant about playing the villain Petra, and Guarnaschelli shares the best weeknight French dishes.
October 19, 2017
Justin Timberlake photographed on September 8, 2017. The pop star was chosen to headline the 52ns Super Bowl halftime show.


Justin Timberlake Will Return To The Super Bowl Halftime Stage

Timberlake will no doubt bring a cavalcade of stars to the program — and try to avoid recalling what happened on the same stage in 2004.
October 23, 2017
Amazon Cons


What Could Hurt Chicago’s Bid For Amazon’s HQ2?

Many observers believe Chicago is a main contender. But here are four things that could make the hometown team sweat.
October 18, 2017

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