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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at Chicago's City Hall on July 25, 2018.

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Preckwinkle Defends Harassment Handling As Budget Sails Through

The Cook County Board president on Thursday again defended how she handled the firing of her chief of staff over harassment allegations.
Razor wire lines a walkway at an Illinois prison on Dec. 22, 2009.

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Inmate Dies After Altercation With Prison Staff, Death Ruled A Homicide

After an “altercation” with prison staff, 65-year old Larry Earvin died. Documents from the coroner show he had multiple fractured ribs.
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Nerdette

Barbara Kingsolver Calls Her New Novel ‘My Love Letter To Millennials’

“Today’s problems can’t be fixed by yesterday’s people,” Kingsolver said on Nerdette. “They’re going to be fixed by tomorrow’s people.”
A cell block is shown at the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill. on Dec. 22, 2009.

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Poor Medical Care Leads To Preventable Deaths In Illinois Prisons

In 2016 and 2017, 174 people died while in an Illinois prison. Some of those deaths could have been prevented.
Bill Edelback interviewed Joy Smith at the Chicago Cultural Center.

StoryCorps Chicago

StoryCorps Chicago: ‘Don’t Let Little Things Just Knock You Down’

Recently Joy Smith retired after 40 years working with the railroad. Now she’s got some advice she wants to share.
A girl with arms outstretched runs through two trees as train tracks stretch out before her

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How Dolton, Illinois Reflects America's Changing Suburbs In 2018

For the first time in American history, poverty in suburbs like the village of Dolton has eclipsed urban poverty.
rahm at city council

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City Council Approves First Reforms On Ticketing, Debt

The changes signal a growing acknowledgement that the city's reliance on fines and fees to generate revenue has come at a significant cost.
The entrance to the Illinois Veterans Home in downstate Quincy.

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Grand Jury Subpoenas Rauner’s Office, Top Agencies In Legionnaires’ Probe

A grand jury has subpoenaed records from the governor’s office as part of a criminal probe into fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks.
bullet car

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Photos: Artist Destroys Car With Bullets To Raise Awareness Of Gun Violence

An artist is making his way through Chicago with a car destroyed by bullets to draw awareness of gun violence.
Michelle Obama

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Michelle Obama Shares Her Chicago Lessons

How a legacy of race, segregation and inequality on Chicago’s South Side was part of the first African-American First Lady’s foundation.
Patrick Pursley and his fiancee, Michelle Carr, talk in his attorney's office in Chicago about how reexamination of ballistic evidence helped him get a new trial for a 1994 murder he says he didn't commit. The case marks the first time someone has gotten a new trial by using a ballistics software that investigators have been using to put countless criminals behind bars. Pursley is free on bail and living with his fiancee while he waits for a new trial.

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Judge Halts Rockford Murder Retrial In Light Of Alleged Misconduct

New info has a judge demanding state agencies turn over records related to the case of a man whose lawyers allege was wrongfully convicted.
A vigil for Jemel Roberson sprung up in Manny's parking lot. Candles spell out his first name, and a small, brightly colored electric keyboard lay next to them.

NPR

Officer Gave Security Guard 'Multiple Verbal Commands' To Drop Gun, Police Now Say

That contradicts what multiple people who said they witnessed the shooting told the media.

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