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  1. CPS budget cuts hit special education studentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 29 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Parents, teachers and students gather in Logan Square to protest the latest round of budget cuts at Chicago Public Schools Phillip Cantor got called into an emergency meeting last week at the school where he teaches - North-Grand High School on Chicago's West Side. The district's central office had just sent over the budget for the coming school year.

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  2. City still refuses to share Lollapalooza evacuation planRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 29 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    "City details Lollapalooza emergency plans ahead of festival," the headline in The Chicago Tribune reads. In fact, as the story makes crystal clear, the exact opposite is true.

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  3. Chicago school board approves building sales, more borrowingRead the original story

    Wednesday Jul 22 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The Chicago Board of Education sold three vacant school buildings for about $8.5 million and approved up to $1.2 billion in borrowing at Wednesday's monthly meeting. Typically, the school board approves a budget in July, but principals were given individual school budgets just last week.

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  4. Chicago parks have zero statues of women, 48 of menRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 21 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    There's a statue of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in Chicago, but there are no statues or busts of real, historically significant women in any of Chicago's 580 parks. Plenty of men are memorialized in stone and bronze in Chicago's parks: Explorer Leif Ericson, president George Washington, former Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld, even Greene Vardiman Black.

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  5. Attention downtown diners: 11.25 percent sales tax coming in 2016Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 20 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Remember that Cook County sales tax increase? A special "McPier" taxing district means it's going to hit downtown diners especially hard. It's because of a little-known sales tax called the "McPier tax," that hits a certain segment of the Chicago restaurant scene.

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  6. City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootingsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 20 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Lorenzo Davis, 65, was the only supervisor at Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority who resisted orders to change findings about shootings, according to an evaluation by IPRA obtained by WBEZ. Since 2007, IPRA has investigated nearly 400 civilian shootings by officers and found one to be unjustified.

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  7. Why are there fewer black teachers in CPS?Read the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 14 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    A few weeks before the school year ends, Taree Porter leads word drills with her second graders and reads a Judy Blume classic amid the din of giggles. Just 15 years go, 40 percent teachers in CPS schools were black.

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  8. Thai Town opens in Albany ParkRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 6 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chef Arun Sampathavivat has worked for four years to try to open Thai Town Center in an old Albany Park police station. The center is housed in an old police station and features a restaurant, noodle bar, wellness center, and Buddhist shrine.

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  9. Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Jul 6 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday at a news conference that the bullet that killed 7-year-old Amari Brown was intended for his father, a "ranking gang member." Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed overnight in Chicago.

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  10. The legacy of Willie Dixon on his 100th birthdayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 1, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Next to the legendary Chess Records building on South Michigan Ave. sits Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation. Dixon was a prolific songwriter and this is where his songs, like Little Red Rooster, Wang Dang Doodle and Hoochie Coochie Man were recorded by blues stars Howlin' Wolf, Koko Taylor and Muddy Waters.

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  11. Closing time for futures trading pits in ChicagoRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 30, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Next week marks the end of an era at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. For more than 160 years, traders in colorful blazers crowded into pits, shouting orders for commodities like corn, cattle and pork bellies.

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  12. The night Chicago politicians spent punching each other in the faceRead the original story

    Jun 26, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Things have been getting pretty heated on the Illinois political beat lately, but as it turns out, it's nothing compared to the fisticuffs of nearly two decades ago. I want us to look back at a time in Chicago's history when aldermen were punching each other in the face.

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  13. In Chicago, eternal rest ain't so eternalRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    This year, for the first time ever, Americans' preference for cremation will surpass their preference for burial, according to industry surveys conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association . That means that up until this point, most Americans expected to be buried.

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  14. Battle over oil train rules pit safety against costRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 19, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The federal government's new rules aimed at preventing explosive oil train derailments are sparking a backlash from all sides. The railroads, oil producers and shippers say some of the new safety requirements are unproven and too costly, yet some safety advocates and environmental groups say the regulations aren't strict enough and still leave too many people at risk.

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  15. Aldermen approve $1.1B borrowing planRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 17, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Later this summer, the city of Chicago will lean heavily on a massive borrowing package as it attempts to dig its way out of its dire financial situation. The City Council signed off on borrowing $1.1 billion in general obligation bonds Wednesday, without any further discussion.

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  16. Morning Shift: Inside McCarthy's listening tourRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 11, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The fourth game of a seven-game series always proves interesting: a team can win in a sweep, or take a decisive 3-1 lead that history has proven very difficult for the other team to come back from, or it can mean a clean slate with both teams at 2-2. A Blackhawks win provides the latter scenario.

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  17. Future of Finkl Steel site puts heat on new aldermanRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 2, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    It may not seem like the hottest topic of conversation at first. But when more than 30 acres of land left by an old manufacturing plant are up for grabs, developers, homeowners, nonprofits, neighborhood groups, and others can let their imaginations run wild about the best and highest possible use.

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  18. Chicago school board to consider charter relocations, renewalsRead the original story w/Photo

    May 25, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Ald. James Cappleman is against a proposal that would move The Noble Academy, a public charter school, to his ward. The Chicago Board of Education is expected to vote on proposals that would expand enrollment at several charters schools and move some into different buildings.

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  19. New aldermen sworn into City CouncilRead the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Inauguration day is here: Chicago's mayor, treasurer, city clerk and new class of aldermen will all be sworn in at the Chicago Theatre Monday morning. Of course, many of the people on stage will be familiar faces: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Clerk Susana Mendoza and Treasurer Kurt Summers have already been serving the city, along with a majority of aldermen.

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  20. Chicago May Day protests to include anti-violence as themeRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2015 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Protesters cross the Jackson St. bridge across the Chicago River as part of a May Day demonstration, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Chicago. About 2,000 activists marched to demand immigration reform and greater protections for workers.

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