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Floods, Carp, And Crap: The Environmental Impacts Of The Chicago River Reversal

The effects of the groundbreaking engineering feat are still being felt today — as far as the Gulf of Mexico.
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Kenya's Brigid Kosgei Sets World Marathon Record In Chicago

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event.


Chicago Teachers Union Says It Sees A Path To Avert A Strike

The union says it modified its demands around staffing and class sizes. Both sides said they are committed to reaching a deal.
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Unredacted Search Warrant Shows Feds’ Sprawling Probe Into Illinois State Senator

Federal agents sought information on ComEd, a speed camera company, video gambling machines, and more.
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Strike Talk Reaches Fever Pitch As Chicago Teacher Negotiations Stall

City leaders say teachers union appears “determined to strike at all costs,” while the union calls the district’s latest offers a “joke.”
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Chicago Marathon: What You Need To Know

Headed to the race on Sunday? Here’s key info on times, locations, viewing spots and more.
Chicago teachers plan to strike Oct. 17 if they can't reach a contract deal with Chicago Public Schools.


Chicago School Leaders Pushing Non-Economic Demands In Talks

In contract talks, Chicago Public Schools is trying to end a midyear transfer option for teachers, saying it says hurts struggling schools.
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WBEZ, Better Government Association Sue Southwest Suburb In Federal Raid

Officials in Lyons are blocking release of documents from an FBI search at the village hall last month.
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StoryCorps Chicago: What I Learned From Meeting Nelson Mandela

Johann Buis was born in South Africa during apartheid. At StoryCorps, he tells his daughters what he learned after meeting Nelson Mandela.
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Newly Released Documents Detail Top Cop’s Role In Shooting That Shook Chicago

When Johnson saw video of Officer Jason Van Dyke killing Laquan McDonald, he didn’t object to a narrative that the shooting was justified.


Episode 4: What Really Happened At The Honey Baked Ham

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at Chicago's City Hall on July 25, 2018.


What Scares Toni Preckwinkle About Next Year’s Cook County Budget

The Cook County Board president presented her 2020 budget Thursday. And the cost of providing free health care has her on edge.
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Chicago Wants Witnesses To Step Up, But City Offers Little Support

Advocates say it’s difficult for witnesses to step forward if they don’t trust they will be safe.
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Chicagoan Isabel Gonzalez-Smith On La Villita And Latina Motherhood

Our friends at Vocalo caught up with Gonzalez-Smith to talk about founding a support group for Latina moms — now 2,000 members strong.
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Lightfoot Releases ‘Cover-up’ Records In Laquan McDonald Shooting

The Chicago mayor fulfills a campaign vow to disclose documents in the city’s probe of how CPD handled Officer Jason Van Dyke’s shooting.
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South Side Stories

The Legend Of Harold's

In the latest episode of South Side Stories, we find out why no two Harold's Chicken Shacks are the same.

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