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Chicago Police Hope To Build Trust With Experiment In Community Policing

With trust in police at a historic low, the Chicago Police Department’s latest community policing initiative puts relationship building at its center.
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Chicago Teachers Approve Contract By Wide Margin

Chicago teachers ratified a five-year contract in overwhelming numbers despite concerns that some teachers were disappointed with the deal.
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A Criminal Probe Into ComEd Is Rattling Illinois Politics. Here’s What You Need To Know.

The federal criminal investigation into ComEd and Exelon’s lobbying and hiring is touching some of Illinois’ most powerful pols.
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Chicago Launches Ticket Debt Forgiveness Website, New Payment Plans

As many as 500,000 drivers could be eligible to have at least three city sticker tickets dropped.
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Chicago Blows ¾ Of Police Reform Deadlines

Court-appointed monitor credits the city for making progress, but says city is not keeping pace with court-mandated reforms.
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Can I Smoke Marijuana At Home? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

For those living in public housing, the answer is no. One activist calls that rule "borderline disability discrimination."
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Palatine School District Approves Full Bathroom Rights For Transgender Students

After a long battle, Illinois’ largest high school district votes to give transgender students full access to restrooms and locker rooms.
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Making Beyoncé Episode 1: Girls Tyme

Listen to the first episode of ‘Making Beyoncé,’ a new podcast from WBEZ Chicago.
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New Group Aims To Provide Economic Boost For Chicago’s South Suburbs

The Southland Development Authority will provide personnel, expertise and financing to help towns attract investors and businesses.
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Illinois Senate President Cullerton Stuns Springfield With Retirement Announcement

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton had a “deal” with his wife to leave power after a decade as the No. 1 Senate Dem, his aide says.
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Cook County Board’s Tobolski Quits Committees Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle asked Tobolski to resign for missing meetings. He blames health issues for his absence.
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News Outlets Call University Of Illinois Policy A Reporter Gag Order

Journalists from NPR Illinois say an University of Illinois policy has stalled their reporting on sexual assault at the school.
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Curious City

This Laser-Wielding Father-Son Duo Maintains Chicago’s Monuments

Not only have the Dajnowskis restored most of Chicago’s public art, they’ve also revolutionized the field of art conservation worldwide.
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Motive

Episode 9: Batman On The West Side

Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Frank Main, with original reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times.
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PHOTOS: World's Largest Starbucks Opens On The Mag Mile

The 35,000-square-foot, five-floor, state-of-the-art emporium is the coffee-flavored theme park for adults that you would expect.

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