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Facing $17 Million Budget Gap, City Colleges Of Chicago Looks to Raise Tuition

The state’s largest community college system, which serves 71,000 students, has few other places to turn to generate new revenue.
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State Board Director Grilled Over Hiring Worker Mentioned In ‘Rape In Champaign’ Email

A state budget hearing Wednesday got heated over a state law enforcement board's decision to hire a politically-connected contractor.
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Gunman Kills 5 At Milwaukee Brewery Before Taking Own Life

Police say the gunman who opened fire at Milwaukee’s Molson Coors brewery complex was an employee there.
President Trump, pictured in New Delhi on Tuesday, has consistently underplayed the threat that the coronavirus COVID-19 disease poses to the American public.


Trump Says Pence Will Coordinate Government's Coronavirus Response

"We're doing really well, and Mike is going to be in charge," President Trump said.
Rahkii sits on a shipping container wearing a long dress and black boots.


Chicago R&B Singer Rahkii On Why Her Heroes Don't Wear 'Capes'

Vocalo spoke with Rahkii about her debut album, "Capes," inspired by the capes in our own lives — and learning to fly without them.
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Lawsuit: Chicago Sold Deliveryman’s Car For $204.48

The lawsuit comes after WBEZ-ProPublica Illinois investigation threw a spotlight on the towing program’s impact on low-come residents.
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Will Having More Power Help The County Reduce A $600 Million Medical Tab? Commissioners Think So

Critics say the proposed changes don’t address the root causes of problems at Cook County Health.


'Unusual Patterns' On High-Stakes CPS Exam: Your Questions Answered

The CPS inspector general has raised the specter of cheating or gaming, but school district officials strongly defend district test results.
Militza Pagan at federal courthouse after public charge hearing


Fight Against New Public Charge Rule Continues In Illinois

Immigration advocates Wednesday denounced the new public charge rule and argued for an injunction to block its implementation in Illinois.
From left: Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren take the stage before the Democratic debate.


4 Takeaways From The South Carolina Democratic Debate

Biden fought to save his campaign, Sanders took fire from all sides and more takeaways from the Democratic debate in South Carolina.
Karonisha Raye


Chicago Police Sergeant Sticks To Fatal Shooting Story Despite Contradictory Physical Evidence

Sgt. John Poulos shot and killed Kajuan Raye in 2016. It was the second fatal shooting of Poulos’ career as a Chicago cop.
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Watchdog: A Chicago Program Meant To Help Juveniles May Instead “Retraumatize” Them

A new report questions the wisdom of the city's $5 million-per-year investment, saying the youth program lacks transparency and accountab...
Megan Jeyifo, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund


Abortion Access And Activism Remain Strong In Illinois

Reproductive justice advocates in Illinois work to protect abortion access, fight stigma and change the narrative on abortion rights.
HS newspapers


Keeping First Draft Of History Alive In Chicago Public High Schools

Like mainstream newspapers, high school publications are struggling. But a few schools are seeing their value and fighting to maintain them.
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Group Sues Federal Agency Over Racial Profiling Of Immigrants In Chicago

The National Immigrant Justice Center argues that federal agents targeted Latino neighborhoods and construction sites for enforcement.
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Border Patrol Agents In Chicago To Assist Immigration Enforcement

Immigrant rights groups denounce the use of border patrol agents in Chicago because they typically work in more violent surroundings.
Jesse Jackson


With His New Book, Rev. Jesse Jackson Is ‘Keeping Hope Alive’

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s speeches have inspired audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Now, they’re collected in a new book.
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Curious City

Who Wrote The Song About The Cow That Started The Great Chicago Fire?

It’s sung everywhere from summer camps to soccer games. We dig into the song’s contested origins, and how it became such a hit.

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