Skip to main content
Chicago closed a record 50 schools in 2013, affecting 11,000 children from those schools. Kayla Porter, 9, walks with her grandmother and mother to her new school on the South Side after the school Kayla had attended the previous school year was closed.

WBEZ News

Study: 2013 Chicago School Closings Failed To Help Students

UChicago research finds students from 50 schools that were closed in 2013 aren’t better off academically now, despite promises otherwise.
May 22, 2018
Dolores French poses with her husband, Richard. Dolores was found dead of Legionnaires' disease in her room at the Quincy veterans' home during the first outbreak in 2015.

WBEZ News

Records Show Quincy Home Couldn't Find Woman Who Later Died Of Legionnaires’

Was Dolores French dead for two days before the Rauner administration found her? A coroner says yes, the state says no.
May 18, 2018
Kelvyn Park High School students on a Loop scavenger hunt consult a map at City Hall. The hunt took them to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s fifth floor office where they requested — and received — the mayor’s business card.

WBEZ News

Downtown Expedition Helps Teens Make Chicago Their Own

A group of Northwest Side teens call this city home yet rarely leave their community. WBEZ went along as they explored a new Chicago.
May 21, 2018
LED Lights Thumbnail

Curious City

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
Gov. Bruce Rauner addresses reporters outside his state Capitol office in Springfield on May 8, 2018. Rauner, a Republican, wants to reinstate the death penalty in the state. He added the provision Monday, May 14, into gun legislation favored by Democrats. The bill now goes back to the Democratic-controlled Legislature for approval. (John O'Connor/AP Photo)

WBEZ News

Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Compromise On Guns, Death Penalty

Democrats have fiercely opposed restoring the death penalty, but all spring they've called for the sort of gun laws Rauner is now proposing.
May 21, 2018
Arne Duncan file

All Things Considered

To Pressure Lawmakers On Gun Control, A Push To Boycott School

Former Ed Secretary Arne Duncan has an idea to boycott school until reforms are made.
May 21, 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
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.

WBEZ News

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
People wait in line to enter the U.S. Supreme Court last month. The court sided with businesses on not allowing class-action lawsuits for federal labor violations.

NPR

Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers' Rights

The high court ruled for the first time that workers may not band together to challenge violations of federal labor laws.
May 21, 2018
Grace Bonney Power Up Powerup

Nerdette

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

Editor’s List

Voices Of Chicagoland's Opioid Crisis

As part of a weeklong series, Morning Shift spoke to people who are on the frontlines of the opioid crisis on a daily basis.
May 16, 2018
CPD Car

WBEZ News

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

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.

CLOSE X