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  1. Karen Lewis hands over leadership of Chicago Teachers unionRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 9 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is suffering from an undisclosed "serious illness" and will step aside as head of the organization, the union's vice president announced Thursday. At a press conference late Thursday afternoon, Vice President Jesse Sharkey announced that Lewis underwent a successful surgery on Wednesday, but declined to name Lewis' condition, citing her family's privacy.


  2. Tensions and torches after the Great FireRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 7 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The Great Chicago Fire has been a key part of Chicago's identity since the fateful dry, windy night of October 8, 1871, when the O'Leary barn caught on fire. The blaze is represented by one of the stars on the city's flag.


  3. Neighborhoods that are 'too black' don't gentrifyRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 8, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    The researchers found that most neighborhoods in Chicago that have seen dramatic gentrification are neighborhoods that were not predominantly black.


  4. The birth of a communityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicago is famous for its ethnic neighborhoods. And there's a funny thing about them.


  5. Emanuel backs minimum wage hike to $13Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 9, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he is backing a plan to boost the city's minimum wage to $13 an hour.


  6. Passing through: Union Station as Amish transit hubRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Editor's note: In producing this story, producer Katie Klocksin quotes several people of Amish background.


  7. CTA charges kids full fares to get to summer school, job programsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 4, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    In what appears to be another stumble in the city's transition to the new Ventra fare-collection system, thousands of young Chicagoans are paying more in train and bus fares than they should be this summer.


  8. Emanuel, aldermen expected to introduce telephone tax increaseRead the original story

    Jun 25, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicagoans would see their telephone taxes jump this fall in order to help ease the city's massive public worker pension crisis, under a proposal Mayor Rahm Emanuel and dozens of aldermen are expected to introduce on Wednesday to the City Council.


  9. Chicagoans swap homemade treats at monthly meet upsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Recent offerings at a Chicago Food Swap included beet mustard, peanut butter fudge, duck eggs, cookies, pickled vegetables and more.


  10. Chicago principals say they operate under 'gag order'Read the original story w/Photo

    May 13, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Principal Troy LaRaviere was one of only a few principals to speak against budget cuts announced last July.


  11. Chicagoans nearly 6 times more likely to be shot by police than New Yorkers areRead the original story w/Photo

    May 1, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    On April 30 last year Ortiz Glaze says he was barbecuing with friends, neighbors and church members when police cars rode up.


  12. City Council panel passes plastic bag banRead the original story

    Apr 24, 2014 | WBEZ-FM Chicago

    Chicago aldermen are considering whether to bar retail chains in the city from handing out plastic carryout bags to customers.


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