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Myaor Rahm Emanuel speaks with reporter Becky Vevea about his top priorities before leaving office.


Emanuel’s Pension Plan Draws Ire Of Chicago Mayoral Candidates

Mayoral candidates largely reject constitutional pension change, but support city casino and recreational marijuana.
Michael Ferro


Tribune, Tronc And Beyond: A Slur, A Secret Payout And A Looming Sale

Tribune Publishing started paying millions to a fired news executive. It sought to keep a slur by owner Michael Ferro secret.

Morning Shift

Tax Policy Expert Disagrees With Key Piece Of Mayor’s Pension Plan

The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability's Ralph Martire says amending the state constitution won't help solve Chicago's pension crisis.


Report on Parks Says Funding, Programming Not Equitable Across Chicago

Friends of the Parks says neighborhoods that are mostly Latino have the least amount of parkland, and the city needs to be more transparent.
Then-Chicago police Det. Dante Servin (right) speaks with his attorney, Darren O’Brien, during his 2015 manslaughter trial after his fatal shooting of unarmed Rekia Boyd, 22.


Attorneys For Van Dyke Appeal Won Acquittal For Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd

Darren O’Brien and Jennifer Blagg defended Dante Servin, the Chicago detective cleared in the 2012 fatal shooting of Boyd, an unarmed woman.
Flanked by attorney Ben Crump, Emantic Bradford Sr. discusses the results of a forensic examination on his son Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., who was fatally shot by police after a shooting in a shopping mall on Thanksgiving Day, after being mistaken for a suspect.


More Police Training Key To Determining Who Is A 'Good Guy With A Gun'

Research examining thousands of chaotic cases like the Alabama and Illinois shootings of two black men help police devise better procedures.
The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield is shown on May 31, 2016.


Pritzker Supports Financial Audit Of Lincoln Foundation

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation wants a bailout. First, Illinois lawmakers say they want to audit their books.
Teachers, students and supporters met Tuesday at Old Town School of Folk Music's flagship campus in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. (WBEZ/Carrie Shepherd)


Teachers At Old Town School Of Folk Music Forming Union

A group of teachers at Chicago’s well-known music school based in Lincoln Square said Tuesday that they filed a petition to form a union.
Tents and folding chairs outside Sheridan Park on Friday night mark parents’ places in line. Parents camped out overnight to try to make sure their children would get a place in the Chicago Park District’s after-school program there.


Camping Out For Child Care

Parents brave frosty temperatures for one — or two — of the limited spots in the Chicago Park District's after-school child care program.
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Curious City

Petition Signatures Are Weapons In The Fight For A Spot On Chicago Ballots

Candidates need to gather loads of signatures to secure a space on the ballot. One listener wonders whether that’s fair.
Former Chicago Police Detective David March, left, attorney William Fahy representing Officer Thomas Gaffney, and attorney James McKay representing March confer during testimony of first witness Joseph Perfetti on the first day of the bench trial with Judge Domenica A. Stephenson at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.


Judge To Announce Verdict In Alleged Laquan McDonald Cover-Up Dec. 19

The judge will review evidence before announcing her decision on obstruction, official misconduct, and conspiracy charges.
Portraits of various Chicagoans who have lived through a school shakeup in some form


Chicago Closed Or Shook Up 200 Schools: Who Was Helped, Who Was Hurt?

Some 70,000 kids, nearly all black, lived through a school shakeup, WBEZ finds. At the same time, CPS opened almost 200 schools.
Matt Brown (left) is a teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music. He teamed up with Steve Dawson (right) and his studio band to create “On Big Shoulders,” an album celebrating Chicago.

Morning Shift

Korean Wings And Patty Griffin: Chicago Recommendations From Two Folk Musicians

Without Chicago, fiddler Matt Brown and vocalist Steve Dawson's latest project wouldn't exist.

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