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A Chicago woman has created a gun club and business catering to women, after she overcame her own fears about owning and handling a firearm.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle called a special meeting to order Tuesday afternoon to remember Robert Steele, the Cook County Commissioner who died June 19. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
The City of Chicago is commissioning 50 artists to create public art installations throughout all 50 wards of the city. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Fifth-grade students at Village Leadership Academy, a private school in the South Loop, took to a city meeting to speak out against the namesake for Douglas Park in Chicago’s North Woodlawn neighborhood. They say that name belongs to someone else. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Shelter dogs and shelter cats could become Illinois’s official state pet if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a bill passed by lawmakers in Springfield. It was just one of the more than 100 bills passed on the final day of the spring legislative session, absent a state budget.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said it’s “entirely inappropriate” for President Trump to have dropped the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, an assertion made by former F.B.I. Director James Comey yesterday during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
More than $3 million dollars in city money is being divvied up between 32 small business owners on Chicago’s south and west sides.
A six-figure settlement has put an end to a lawsuit filed by the Society of American Bosnians and Herzegovinians, which alleged that the City of Des Plaines discriminated against its Muslim congregation when it blocked plans to build a new mosque. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
The first “L” railcar ran 125 years ago this week. To celebrate the occasion, the Chicago Transit Authority rolled out some railcars from its vintage fleet. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
A Chicago area hospitality union wants to make sure its members know their rights, in the event that they get detained by federal agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So they recorded a ringtone. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Illinois State Rep. Will Guzzardi plans to introduce a bill in Springfield this week that would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022. He announced his legislative campaign in downtown Chicago on Monday with a group of workers. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Ferrero, the company behind Nutella, opened its first-ever restaurant dedicated to the popular hazelnut cocoa spread. Ahead of its grand opening, hundreds lined up on Michigan Avenue for a first taste. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Chicago Police are expanding predictive policing technology to the Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago’s south side. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
The architect’s historic Unitarian-Universalist church will reopen in June, after undergoing a two-and-a-half year restoration of $25 million. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
A coalition of multicultural student groups at the University of Chicago is calling for the school to recognize fraternities and sororities as official student organizations. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera gave a pitching clinic to students at Roberto Clemente High School on Chicago’s West Side on Tuesday. The 13-time All-Star also gave some life lessons. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
The March To Springfield for a People & Planet First Budget departed from downtown Chicago yesterday. Ten people will walk the full 200-mile route, organizers say, with dozens more tagging along for a day. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says students in Illinois should steer clear of for-profit colleges entirely, now that the Trump administration is rolling back regulations. WBEZ’s Benjamin Payne reports.