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Aurora mass shooting


Aurora Shooting Leaves 6 Dead, Including Gunman

Five police officers were also wounded during the Friday afternoon shooting in the suburb 40 miles west of Chicago.
Jussie Smollett


Chicago Police Release 2 Men Questioned In Smollett Case

Police said they have new evidence to investigate after questioning two Nigerian brothers about the reported attack on the "Empire" actor.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth: 'ISIS Is Still Very Much Active In Syria'

Morning Shift

Sen. Tammy Duckworth On President Trump, Federal Spending Bill

Sen. Tammy Duckworth says President Trump will waste billions of taxpayer dollars by declaring a "fake" national emergency.
Chicago Public Schools is offering students with severe disabilities high school choices for the first time after prodding by parents and advocates but CPS says it won’t transport students long distances.


Advocates: Chicago Public Schools Offering Special Ed Families A Hollow Choice

CPS agrees to give students with severe disabilities high school choices for first time but won’t transport them long distances.
R&B singer R. Kelly enters the Cook County Criminal Court Building, Wednesday, May 28, 2008, in Chicago as his child pornography trial continues.


Chicago Attorney Contacted Authorities About R. Kelly Tape

Attorney Gloria Allred says one of her clients may be the person in a video recently given to Chicago prosecutors.
Tracy Drake is an archival specialist and the exhibit curator at Woodson Library. Drake said the branch is especially special to her because she did research from high school through graduate school there.


Library Exhibit Aims To Show Community Service Of Black Panther Party

‘All Power to the People: Celebrating the Legacy of the Illinois Black Panther Party’ opens Feb. 16 at Woodson Regional Library.
Composer Renée Baker's newest opera, "The Baldwin Chronicles: Midnight Ramble," is based on texts by Baldwin, including his poem “Conundrum.”


James Baldwin-Inspired Opera Comes To Chicago Symphony Orchestra

To celebrate Black History Month, the symphony’s African American Network brings “The Baldwin Chronicles” by composer Renée Baker.
Art Institute soundscapes


Art Institute, Pitchfork Pair Composers With Artworks

New audio compositions inspired by the museum’s collection debut this weekend.
Chicago United for Equity Racial Equity Survey


Chicago Mayoral Candidates Answer Racial Equity Questions

More money for schools and more mental health clinics rank among the most popular ideas to promote racial equity.
Rod Blagojevich phone call

Public Official A

Part 4: The Tapes

The FBI recorded Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's phone calls for almost six weeks. What they heard shocked them.
Water Department


After Price Hikes, Thousands In Chicago Are Without Water

Chicago's rising water costs caused over 150,000 water shutoffs since 2007, mostly in low-income, black and Latino neighborhoods.

Editor’s List

Ways To Explore African American History In Chicago This Weekend

From exhibits to public art, black history is all around us. Here's how and where to find it this weekend.
A graphic of an anonymous face with question marks underneath


Which Chicago Mayoral Candidate Do You Agree With Most?

We sent the candidates yes or no questions. Now, you can answer them too — and compare the results.

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