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Expert testimony about bullet analysis was key evidence in Patrick Pursley's 1993 murder trial. The validity of that evidence is now being called into question as Pursley seeks to avoid going back to prison.


Illinois Case Questions Bullet Analysis By State Police

A decision in a murder case involving ballistics evidence could open the door for others to seek retrials.
April 23, 2018
Quincy Veterans Home


Bill Could Award Legionnaires’ Victims’ Families $2M From State

The measure comes after a WBEZ investigation into a troubled downstate veterans’ home that saw 13 people die from the disease since 2015.
April 25, 2018
Chicago principals say they operate under 'gag order'

Morning Shift

Candidate Troy LaRaviere Calls Out 'Corruption' In Emanuel Administration

If Mayor Rahm Emanuel had a rogues gallery, Troy LaRaviere would be in it. The Emanuel critic joins us to talk about his bid for mayor.
April 25, 2018
Kelly High School's new girls varsity badminton team waits for their games to begin at their Southwest Side Chicago public school. When flyers went up looking for players, a group of Asian immigrants rushed to play a sport that is hugely popular in China.


Immigrants Shine In New CPS Varsity Sport

When flyers announced a new sport this winter at a Southwest Side Chicago public school, a small group of students rushed to sign up.
April 24, 2018
Ice Cream Truck

Morning Shift

Kids Rejoice! Ice Cream Trucks Set To Return To Elgin After 45-Year Ban

Ice cream trucks are expected to return to suburban Elgin after its City Council meets for a final vote to overturn a 45-year-old ban.
April 25, 2018
Rahm Emanuel David Schwimmer


Mayor Emanuel Unveils Anti-Sexual Harassment Campaign With A 'Friend'

Actor David Schwimmer joined the mayor to kick off the new campaign, which comes as Emanuel is expected to run for a third term.
April 23, 2018
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Curious City

Which Historical Monuments Have Sparked Controversy In Chicago?

From a statue honoring police to a tribute to Confederate prisoners, these monuments have raised debate over how history is represented.
April 21, 2018
Burke Elementary School teacher Jakil Hill Turner helps a student in her fifth-grade class. Turner discovered Burke through a Chicago Public Schools program that helps place quality teacher candidates in high-need schools. (Arionne Nettles/WBEZ)


CPS Plays Matchmaker To Link Teachers With High-Need Schools

Schools in tough areas often struggle to recruit enough good teachers. Chicago Public Schools is aiming to get ahead of the problem.
April 23, 2018
San Juan, Puerto Rico Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, attends a House Democratic Leaders news conference with Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017.


San Juan Mayor On Status Of Puerto Rico: ‘It’s A Little Better, But It’s Still Hell’

Carmen Yulín Cruz also said Chicagoans were pivotal in disaster relief after Hurricane Maria. “The people of Chicago saved lives.”
April 23, 2018
Man dressed as confederate soldier


Confederate Descendants, Protesters Descend On Cemetery

The Sons of Confederate Veterans held its annual memorial on the South Side Sunday. Also there were a group called Smash White Supremacy.
April 22, 2018

WBEZ Presents

Making Obama

The story of former President Barack Obama's journey from Chicago to the national stage — from advisers, rivals, and Obama himself.
January 19, 2018

WBEZ Presents

WBEZ’s 10th Annual Chicago Chef Battle

Ten years. Ten chefs. Ten stories.
March 13, 2018

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